|Posted by Anne Siren on October 5, 2012 at 3:30 PM|
Lighthouse Point - Sunday, Oct. 14 isn’t marked as an official holiday on any calendar, but for Kristin Goodrich and Ovidiu Ghirca, co-owners of Body & Soul Retreat, it’s a very special day.
On that date, Body and Soul will host 80 women, all of whom devote their lives to the care of children witih autism.
“Ovi and I want to give these women a day of serenity,” says Kristin. “These mothers, teachers and aides put the care of these children at the forefront of their lives.”
Seated in the cushioned niche complete with fountain outside, Kristin explains how this idea came about.
“One of our clients has two children with autistic. When she comes in, she seems able to relax in a way that gives her strength.
“Ovi and I thought about all the other women involved with the Cluster Program at Norcrest Elementary in Pompano Beach, the school our client’s children attend.
“We thought of those that might not be able to take such a respite, and we decided to make a day where whatever service they want could be theirs, complimentary of course.
“We put the idea to our staff of 23 people, and I’m proud to say that everyone was willing to go along, offering their services on their days off.”
The news got to Norcrest where Body & Soul’s client is an active volunteer. It was she who got the word out, and the appointments started streaming in.
This week, Kristin said the spa was fully booked, and they are no longer taking appointments.
Asked if anyone could have multiple services, Kristin smiled, “I didn’t want to say no to anyone. We only wish we could do more.”
Ovi and Kristin have created an ambience of sincere caring at Body & Soul Retreat. Walking in the door, a client can admire the soothing aura of the place and smile at the theatrical entry to the inner rooms. Candle light and subtle fragrances combine to help shut out the hectic world and set the stage for tranquility.
For nine years this corner of Lighthouse Point on E.Sample Road has been devoted to calm contemplation and the finest sources of beauty. The menu of services offers single sessions and packages of massage, skin care, body treatments, hair nail and waxing designed for men, women and teens.
Spa parties and retreat packages are also available. For more information on Body & Soul, or to make an appointment, call 954-784-5505. But don’t expect one on Oct. 14.