After visiting the Mangwanani Spa at the Inanda Hotel, near Fourways, I understood why the middle class, particularly women, spend so much money on pampering themselves.
When you are fairly poor it is easy to dismiss a good massage as a pastime of people who have money and do not know what to do with their wealth.
At the Mangwanani Spa, north of Johannesburg, I found myself sharing an experience with a group of mainly white women that left me rejuvenated.
One should think that men also need a good massage from time to time because none of us are immune to stress.
After all, the roles of men and women are not all that different these days and men can certainly do with some time spent relaxing and listening to their inner self.
Sure, I can't say I was completely transformed after the three-hour full-body massage, but I must admit that I really felt like new a man and I was ready to face the world.
I know that people who struggle to put bread on the table cannot afford this kind of luxury but the fact remains that there is personal value to be derived from this kind of therapy.
One way for people who do not have a lot of money to access this service is for a group of them to pool their resources and negotiate better rates with the management of the spa.
Mangwanani is a unique African spa that incorporates wellness, entertainment and social responsibility, focusing on relaxation while indulging all the senses.
When they told me my time was up, I was so disappointed I had to drag myself out of there.