Woodlands Spa Q&A

  Located on the banks of the Crocodile River in Muldersdrift, in the Cradle of Humankind, Woodlands Spa offers guests a unique place to unwind and recharge. Choose between relaxing yoga, an energising massage or visit the Africology spa for a range of enticing treatments. We chatted to Marisa Lloyd and Dr Ela Manga from Woodlands about what differentiates this spa from the rest and got some detox tips to stay healthy this winter...   How does Woodlands combine the concept of physical and mental well-being? The core premise that we work from at Woodlands is that health and well-being is the conscious pursuit of the highest expression of physical, environmental, mental, emotional, spiritual and social aspects of the human experience. Through all the services we offer at Woodlands, we strive to facilitate not only a pleasurable experience but also one that brings awareness to the profound and deep connection between body, mind and spirit, facilitating the integration of all three. All our therapists are healers and the spa is supported by a strong well-being team made up of a holistic medical doctor who works closely with our counselling therapist, yoga therapist, and reflexology and Reiki practitioners. All our wellness programmes and retreats are individualised according to our clients' particular needs. Our emphasis is on conscious living - respecting and supporting the body's innate healing ability. Tell us more about the Reiki workshop you offer? And other upcoming workshops? Our Reiki workshops are held regularly at Woodlands and are facilitated by our resident Reiki master, Barry Koekemoer, a highly skilled and compassionate healer. Reiki is a gentle and powerful healing modality and the workshops aim to give you a deeper understanding of yourself, how energy works and how you can use this energy to help heal yourself and others. We offer all 3 levels of Reiki. We regularly run workshops on Cooking and eating seasonally, yoga and meditation, burnout and more. Check out our website, sign up for our newsletter and join our Facebook page to keep updated on the latest happenings. How does the spa’s location enhance the visitor’s experience? Besides practically resting in the Cradle of Humankind which is special in itself, the unobtrusive building hugs the Crocodile River, putting it on centre stage. As you drive in, you will be forgiven for wondering where the spa is - the grass on the roof blends with the wild grasses and creative gardens. The building has been creatively designed to enhance and respect the natural environment. Wherever you are in the space, you will have a direct and inspiring experience of nature and you as a part of it. The minute you enter you will be embraced by the serenity and you will have no choice but to succumb to it. You mention that food is an important part of overall health – please could you elaborate? At Woodlands our approach to food and eating differs from that of other detox centres or hydros. We believe in enhancing and supporting the body's ability to detox and to heal itself, especially when we eat consciously with awareness. We believe that when you are inspired by food, cook creatively, in accordance with your bodys needs and the seasons, you can enjoy food that loves you back. Our menu is seasonal and is designed by Daniel Jardim, who often teaches at The Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo and is one of the authors of “ The Cake the Buddha Ate”. Your top detox tips for readers?

  • The best time to Detox is when the seasons change – autumn and spring
  • The more toxic you are , the more slow and gentle your detox should be
  • If you would like to do a self-regulated detox, simply eliminate caffeine, sugar , wheat and dairy for 21 days. You will be amazed at the exciting new food you will discover
  • Do as many massages as you can during your detox period
  • Use your detox time to unclutter your environment, your mind and to let go of everything that doesn’t serve you   Images provided courtesy of Woodlands Spa.