Introducing Cymatics, a Spa Treatment for Your Ears

Written by | Wellness

Our quest for the world’s most unique spa treatments continues with a treat for one of the less spa-addressed senses.

By Jeffrey James Keyes


Every spa has its signature treatment: a unique
massage technique, a triple-oxygen blast to the face, even a custom-crafted aroma. The Saxon Spa and Studio — part of Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa in Johannesburg — is home to a unique treatment you definitely won’t be offered with a standard facial.

Though many spas aim to create a calming atmosphere with sound, the Saxon offers a specific Sound Therapy treatment to alleviate stress and get you in the right mindset for relaxation. It’s based on cymatics, the visual representation of sound; the subject’s study dates all the way back to the days of the great Galileo Galilei. More recently, in 1967, Hans Jenny published two volumes called Kymatic, in which he discussed the potentially powerful effect of sound waves.

The treatment at the Saxon lasts for about 60 minutes. Therapists employ gongs, cymbals, Tibetan singing bowls and bells. The vibration created by these instruments helps balance and restore the body. The treatment is also performed on a heated waterbed with color therapy to enhance its effectiveness. Learn more by visiting

Last modified: June 22, 2017