I had quite a different spa experience on Friday. My sister is a medical doctor and practices at a spa, or wellness centre called Woodlands. When she sent me a flyer about a workshop including yoga, an “understanding your body” dialogue, lunch, spa sessions and “breathwork” I immediately agreed to go, despite not having a clue what “breathwork” is.
Now I know you may think I am going to give a biased review because my sister is involved, but hopefully you’ll have realised by now that I try and keep this blog as honest as possible. Else, what’s the point, right?
Woodlands is in Muldersdrift, about 30 minutes away from where I live in Rivonia.
I’ve been there a couple of times, and keep telling myself that I need to spend more time there. It’s incredibly peaceful and scenic.
|The entrance to Woodlands|
Woodlands is more than just a spa. It’s also a yoga studio, with classes during the week and on weekends, as well as a healing centre. They offer integrated medical consultations, stress and burnout workshops, counselling and breathwork, which I’ll explain a bit later on.
As it was Freedom Day, we aptly started off the workshop with each of us saying what Freedom means to us. I said that it means living life without constraints imposed by your job, family, partner, friends or whoever else… it means just BEING.
We then did some yoga. I usually do yoga twice a week at work in a poky little room at our offices. This was a completely different experience- the entire yoga studio has glass walls overlooking the Crocodile River and the gardens. I loved the yoga session, it was more about connecting with your body rather than just going through the motions of the stretches, which is what I usually do.
It’s weird because the first thing anyone tells you when you’re anxious is- BREATHE. After that, we had a yummy healthy spa lunch, and then it was time for some pampering!
It’s weird because the first thing anyone tells you when you’re anxious is- BREATHE.
After that, we had a yummy healthy spa lunch, and then it was time for some pampering!
I had a hot stone back massage and dry body brush. Once the day was over, I felt different. It wasn’t the relaxed feeling I usually get after visiting a spa, it just felt like I had started a thought process I probably should have begun a while ago. Who am I, and what do I believe in?