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January 03, 2013

Cape Town caters for mind, body and soul

A facial does wonders for one's skin. Photo courtesy FoundryParkInn

Beauty has become more than just skin deep, thanks to the array of alternative treatment centres and wellness spas that are available in and around Cape Town.

Many focus on an individual’s needs and use a holistic approach – psychological, physical, social and spiritual – so that each treatment is tailored to that person’s unique requirements.

Alternative healing methods that can be used to remedy ailments and promote good health include acupuncture, aromatherapy massage, homoeopathy, psycho-spiritual healing and herbal remedies.

In the past spas were considered places where one would be pampered, treated and indulged. Nowadays people go to spas and wellness centres to restore the balance of mind, body and spirit.

Spoil yourself at one of these fabulous Cape-based wellness centres and spas.

Sojourn Natural Spa

This spa is an oasis in the bustling city of Cape Town, where the focus is on natural, environmentally friendly and holistic wellness.

Let the stress be soothed from your body with a relaxing aromatherapy or deep-tissue massage that will leave you feeling heavenly and stress-free.

Their facials are varied and include a hydrating facial, Sojourn express facial and detox cleanse, each of which leaves your skin feeling deeply refreshed.

Leave no part of your body unloved! Get your nails painted, your toes pedicured, and eyebrows and lashes tinted to complete your rejuvenation for 2013.

Where: Shop 9, Upper East Side Hotel, Brickfield Road, Woodstock
Contact: +27 (0)21 801 6662 or visit www.sojournnaturalspa.com

Ways of Wellness Spa

Ways of Wellness is the first 100 percent organic spa in the Mother City, and is committed to looking after clients’ wellbeing while protecting the environment.

Nibble fish will leave your feet refreshed. Photo courtesy Simon Wicks

Experience foot care with a difference by trying their fish spa. Place your feet in a fish tank and let hundreds of toothless garra rufa fish (also known as nibble or doctor fish) nibble away and clean your feet, leaving them refreshed and healthy. A truly unique and harmless experience.

Wow everyone with your pearly whites after organically whitening your teeth. The combination of LED blue light (laser) and the spa’s 100 percent natural whitening gel safely removes stains without damaging tooth enamel.

Other treatments available to the spa's clientele include manicures, pedicures, facials, body scrubs and massages.

Where: WOW! Ways of Wellness, 103 Kloof Street, Gardens
Contact: +27 (0)21 424 5503 or visit www.waysofwellness.co.za

Librisa Spa

Librisa Spa is one of Cape Town’s leading holistic day spas. This five-star spa offers relaxing and rejuvenating treatments designed to balance energy levels, and imbue guests with a sense of wellbeing.

Guests may choose from a variety of facial and body treatments, such as the Africology skin adoration body wrap, full-body scrubs or a marine mineral facial.

There is also a wide range of spa packages such as body bliss (jojoba bead body polish and Librisa luxurious signature massage), energise (organic tea salt therapy exfoliation and Librisa deep-tissue massage) and the Librisa after-work package, which includes a massage, cocktail and platter.

Where: Mount Nelson Hotel, 76 Orange Street, Cape Town

Contact: +27 (0)21 483 1550 or visit www.mountnelson.co.za/web/ocap/librisa_spa_introduction.jsp

Meditation and relaxation are key to good health. Photo by Patriziasoliani

Healing Touch Holistics

Healing Touch Holistics was created by therapist Nadya Brand, who focuses on providing clients with a holistic approach to achieving their ultimate potential and living a full and happy life as healthy, relaxed individuals.

“Enlighten your mind … Revitalise your body … Guide your soul … Heal your heart … In Love and Light” are the words that epitomise what Healing Touch Holistics is all about.

Nadya uses hypnotherapy to help clients deal with stress, quit smoking and other unwanted habits, alleviate sleeping problems and improve work, study and sporting performance. She also offers life guidance to help clients discover their full potential and purpose in life.

Where: 39 Grande Bay, Big Bay, Bloubergstrand
Contact: +27 (0)71 605 8047 or visit http://www.healingtouchholistics.com

Ubuntu Wellness Centre

The Ubuntu Wellness Centre draws on the essence of ubuntu, “umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu” (a person is a person through other people), and has a goal of “not just feeling ‘fine’, but feeling abundantly well and delighting in the journey of shared wellness”.

With state-of-the-art health, beauty and relaxation services in one location, guests are sure to leave the centre feeling wholly rejuvenated.

Ubuntu Wellness Centre offers African traditional medicine, beauty treatments (body polish, manis and pedis), flotation hydrotherapy, and energy wellness treatments such as quantum touch therapy and Usui reiki.

If you become a Ubuntu Wellness Centre club member you’ll be in line to receive discounts ranging from 10 to 50 percent.

Where: 99 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 426 1156 or visit www.ubuntu-wellness.co.za/default.aspx

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