Even if you’re not the type that enjoys swimming with piranhas or scaling tall buildings with nothing but suction-cups duct-taped to your hands, just breathing air and getting to work in the mornings can be more taxing on your body than any extreme sport. Put your daring daily escapades on hold and get your body relaxed and ready for another few rounds with a full-body aquatic exfoliation, spa bath, sixty minute herbal massage and oxygen replenishing facial at Moloko Spa for R585.
It’s not just hot showers, cold weather and the menthol in moisturiser that can leave your skin dryer than a dehydrated peach in the Sahara. Given that skin cells are the body’s only protection from the rest of the world, they can worry about leaving the more delicate parts of you exposed to harsh things like sunshine. This separation anxiety can often lead to the dead cells clinging desperately to your skin and blocking any moisture and oxygen that would otherwise be coming through. The Rasul Chamber not only uses medicinal mud to exfoliate these clingy cells right out of their anxiety and off your skin, but uses herb-infused steam to open up your smog-clogged pores and draw out toxins and impurities. Most people remember playing in the mud as a child, and the backyard hose-down they had to sit through before they could even dream of stepping foot back in the house. Instead of a heavy blast from a green hose, complete your cleansing, detoxifying treatment with a soft traditional rain shower.
After you’ve ditched the dead cells, enjoy one of life’s most awesome feelings – slipping into a hot bath. Comparing a bubble-bath at home to a spa-bath at Moloko is like comparing cups connected by string to the radios they use in fighter jets. Better than adding kiddies-vitamins to your bathwater, the spa baths can detoxify the body, add the minerals it loses during your daily adventures and relax the muscles and the mind.
While a hug is awesome and a pat on the back can make you feel like the winner even when you aren’t, the back, neck and shoulder massage is better than both and leaves your muscles feeling like they’ve just come back from holidaying on a beach in the Bahamas. Smooth strokes and a bit of pressure on your strained shoulders and back can be a better feeling that finally taking your shoes off at the end of a long day; the foot pressure-point massage is actually better. Not only is a foot massage the perfect way to relax after a long day – according to American sitcoms, at any rate – but the use of pressure points can have all sorts of benefits for your mental and physical health. Top it all off with an Indian head massage to free the flow of any blocked energy, and you’ll leave Moloko floating on a cloud with muscles that feel more like melted butter.
The world class spa at the Strathoven Hotel is the perfect corner to retreat to when you feel like you’ve gone one too many rounds with the stresses of life. When daily life starts feeling like an endless trek across the world’s largest parking-lot, coat-check you tension at Moloko’s door. The trained therapists will make sure you leave feeling like you’re skipping through a field of purple tulips rather than dragging your heels across a hot tarmac.
De-stressing Fact: A New York commuter received an honourable-mention in the latest encyclopaedia of stress-management. His technique of cutting out the word-searches from his colleague’s newspapers and stuffing them in the office dishwasher has been proven to dramatically reduce work-related stress.