Life is filled with many frustrating challengers, and most days many of us struggle to make it through the day with energy, optimisation and enthusiasm. As women we effortlessly carry the stresses of life, which heavily weighs on our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. We give very little energy to all the things that are wrong, and kick into survival "fix it" mode as oppose to our male counterparts who withdraw to their man caves at the first sign of pressure. We are known for pushing our boundaries and for not taking good care of ourselves when this happens.
Recently things have been challenging for me - life had through me a curve ball that nothing could have prepared me for. My spirits were low, my body was physically carrying the stress, and I had to just keep pushing through. I had no time to take care of myself.
A friend of mine offered to sponsor me a spa day with an overnight stay to unwind, and relax - something that my friends would tell you is a luxury in my life. I just struggle to do it, and cannot seen to sit still in one place long enough for "relax mode to kick in". Its been years since I had the privilege of a massage, and this would be my first time in a day spa. I was thrilled, and welcomed the spoil and the opportunity to withdraw to a "women cave".
After a scenic 45 minute drive from Sandton through the Magaliesburg mountains we arrived at the women's cave - Cradle Health Spa and was greeted by their friendly staff. We were offered a tour of the facilities, assistance checking into our accommodation and a briefing on our spa treatments which would take place the next morning. We were both given white soft gowns and slippers and laughingly I asked the staff if this meant that we didn't have to wear clothes for the entire time we where here. Looking back, I never saw a guest dressed in their usual wear, not walking through the lengthly corridors, not at dinner, nor at breakfast the next morning.
I couldn't help but be drawn to the natural scenery that was before me. Lush green trees surrounded the property, the soothing sound of the water falling from the water features around every corner, treatment rooms hidden away in all corners of their gardens, one in particular was the outdoor Jacuzzi glass room tucked away at the back of the property, as well as the outdoor steam room. I will be back here later with a bottle of champaign I thought.