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In 2012, the Saxon was named Africa's leading boutique hotel in the World Travel Awards for the sixth consecutive year.
Tibetan sound therapy is an ancient treatment that is now available in the heart of one of Johannesburg's snazziest suburbs.
It forms part of the 'signature therapy' offering at the Saxon Boutique Hotel and Spa in Sandton, one of South Africa's best-known boutique hotels.
You won't find Buddhist monks wandering around about in saffron robes playing the drums or banging their gongs but the spirit of their ancient healing secrets is now accessible to those living and staying in the city's northern suburbs.
One of the reasons that the Saxon is constantly singled out for awards is because it continually reinvents itself – and the fact that something as offbeat as its 'Signature sound therapy' is on offer is a tribute to the forward-thinking of this establishment.
As you walk into the carefully designed sound room, you notice an enormous copper gong and a number of metal bowls, varying in size. Originally from Tibet, the treatment uses a combination of bona fide Tibetan singing bowls, gongs and bells.
The bowls are placed on various chakra points and the sound reverberates with the chakras, creating a system of balance in the physical body. This sound vibration is said to penetrate deep into the cells (and cellular memory) which increases circulation in the body and creates a sense of well-being.
Sound therapy at the Saxon is not just about sound: in this case the sound therapy takes place on a heated water-bed with built in colour therapy enhancers that makes the healing experience even more powerful. The entire treatment lasts just one hour.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
How to get here
The Saxon is at 33 Saxon Road in Sandton. One of the most common routes is south along William Nicol Drive, turn left in to Cromartie Road, follow the road until you reach a T-Junction. Turn right into Saxon Road, the hotel is on your left hand side.
Best time to visit
The Spa is open from Monday through to Sunday and is open to non-guests too. It is imperative that you book your Tibetan Sound Therapy treatment in advance.
Around the area
Sandton City, Nelson Mandela Square, Hyde Park – are 3 shopping malls that are very close-by. Great restaurants are on offer and loads of shops from designer boutiques to chain stores.
Having a car in Johannesburg is always a bonus, but the Saxon will also arrange a reliable taxi or shuttle for you if you need to get around.
What will it cost
It's best to view the updated spa menu (and prices) on the website prior to your choice of treatment.
Length of stay
The treatment takes an hour, but stay to enjoy some fresh juice around the relaxation area – or book a few other treatments and make a day of it.
Where to stay
If you're planning a trip to Johannesburg, then why not stay at The Saxon – it is an award-winning boutique hotel known for its excellent accommodation and 5-star service.
What to eat
There is a light health menu available at the Spa.