St Francis Health Centre, Port Alfred
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Port Alfred is the location of the 43 Air School, where a number of international airlines train their pilots.
The St Francis Health Centre is situated on the Eastern Cape’s Sunshine Coast in the charming town of Port Alfred mid-way between East London and Port Elizabeth. This wellness facility has adopted the philosophy that good health is not a luxury but a necessity and here visitors will experience a range of treatments as well as learn about sustainable health practices geared towards long-term health.
This Port Alfred health resort advocates the activation of natural self healing and balance and strives, through its therapies, for renewed connections between the mind, body and soul. Anneliese Cowley is the director and holistic health consultant at St Franics Health Centre. Through her training in kinesiology, homeopathy and naturopathy, Cowley is effective in getting to the source of emotional and physical ailments. She has built up a local and international following of clients who visit the centre time and again for its detoxification programmes.
Set on a 330-hectare farm between the Riet and Kleinemonde Rivers, this Eastern Cape health and wellness facility is situated in a tranquil region of the Eastern Cape and is the perfect place to exhale and concentrate on health and wellness goals. Here, you can experience acupuncture, treatments to stop smoking, shiatsu massages, a flotation tank, polarity and colon hydro therapies.
A typical St Francis Health Care programme is a 6-day course running from a Sunday afternoon to Saturday mid-day. There are also 10-day and 2-week programmes, beginning on Sundays or Wednesdays. Participants take part in a daily aquarobics class and make use of the steambath and passive toner. They also participate in bicycle and rebounder exercises, and receive one of 3 therapies – massage, aromatherapy or reflexology.
Guests can explore a labyrinth on the property and walks in the grounds and along the river are a good option. There is a vegetarian menu only and the kitchen uses only the freshest ingredients from surrounding areas. Says Cowley: 'Health is more than just the absence of disease, it’s an embracing of life.'
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Who to contact
St Francis Health Centre:
Tel: 046 -6250927
Fax: 046 6250953
Port Alfred Tourism Office
Tel : 046 624 1235
Fax : 046 624 4139