January 2018 Newsletter

January 2018 Newsletter

It’s 2018, and boy did it start with a bang!

We opened the spa on the 3rd of January and we can’t keep up with the bookings, hence the late newsletter. And let’s be honest, reading emails hasn’t been on anyone’s priority list, what with the holidays and the sweltering heat.

We have so many exciting new things happening at the spa this month.

Our brand-new guest house, Space Between Retreat, is opening on the 15th of January, our rates and pictures will be loaded on the Facebook page as well as on our website, so have a look out for that.

January is all about new beginnings, closing old chapters, and starting afresh. Sadly though, most are not met, as we are not intentionally being mindful of what we want to achieve and how to ensure we attain our goals.

You can start with one simple way, our January promotion is sure to set you off on the right foot. Exfoliate away all your dry skin cells after spending too much time in the sun, and the detox balm massage will help after over indulging this holiday period.

What does mindfulness mean to you?

We are told that it can help with stress and anxiety. It can battle depression and promote happiness while also fighting chronic fatigue, PTSD, back pain, and obesity.

But can mindfulness really do all that?

The surprising answer is actually: yes, it can.

While that may seem impossible, the truth is that for those of us who have taken the time to practice mindfulness and figure out a way to make it work for us, this all seems obvious.

To me it means generating space. Many of us have no space to think, to breathe, and to figure out what’s genuinely important when we’re juggling 10 or more “top priorities”

Most of us don’t even manage to make the necessary mental space needed to become aware that, constantly multitasking, and striving to tackle many priorities at the same time is stressful and it makes us less effective.

Mindfulness can help us to create space within the rush and bustle of our lives. In fact, we talk about “creating” space, but we don’t actually have to create it – the space is already here, open, and infinite. We’re creating a gap, in which we can allow the space, instead of constantly filling it up with our activity.

We are human beings, but we have forgotten how to be. We have become human doings, trapped in a mode of always doing, acting, achieving and keeping busy. When we stop, even for a moment, it can feel frightening.

There is an Eastern wisdom teaching that goes like this: If we imagine putting a tablespoon of salt in a cup of water, it is too bitter to drink. When that same tablespoon is placed in a vast, freshwater lake, then the water remains sweet and refreshing. The more expansive we feel on the inside, the more we can let in, as it has space to move. It can then dissolve away.

Space allows us to remain open to all experiences. Which is why we feel so spacious and less worried about daily life when we are out in nature, in places with vast views like mountains or the ocean.

One way of allowing space is also to breathe yourself into it. Why not join our first Breath Work workshop for 2018 with Dr Ela Manga? Breathe life into the beginning of the year and prepare ourselves for the opportunities ahead.

Saturday 27 January 2018
2:30pm to 4:30pm
R350 per person

Please book by contacting Marj Murray on 082 561 3637 or marjmurray.mm@gmail.com

Mindfulness creates that space for me. I feel open and less worried about everyday challenges. I live with the conviction and knowledge, that I am committed to myself, and what I believe in, and that everything works out the way that it should.

So, pay attention to your life and your thoughts, and just be.

Drop your judgement, open your heart and step into that space.

Love, Tania

Get in touch

Our team at Woodlands Spa invites you to enjoy a sensory and meaningful experience which will leave you with a sense of vitality, new found energy and joy. To make a booking, call us on 010 010 5026 or send an email to bookings@woodlandsspa.co.za.