Ginkgo Spa Cape Town History
The Ginkgo Tree is the sole survivor of a plant group that lived in the temperate regions of both hemispheres, during the Mesozoic era over 250 million years ago. It is a tree which has in its keeping the secrets of an immeasurable past. Glaciers of the ice age nearly erased it from the earth along with the dinosaurs. It was at the Shaolin Temple in the Honan province of China where the last remaining plants of the Ginkgo tree were discovered. These trees were cultivated and revered by the monks of the temple who saved them from extinction.
The Ginkgo is known for its many virtues. One such virtue is the possession of the human quality of loyalty. Ginkgo Trees are either male or female. Today, Ginkgo trees are only found where they have been planted by man. In autumn, their leaves turn a beautiful golden yellow. Pollution, insects, and disease do not easily affect the Ginkgo Tree. It has no relatives in its family or species. This golden fossil tree, as it is sometimes called, is the sole survivor of a very ancient group. The Ginkgo Tree is a phenomenon, an object of veneration, a sacred tree of the East, a symbol of unity of opposites, by some seen as a symbol of changelessness, possessing miraculous power, bearer of hope and of the immeasurable past, a symbol of love. Because of all its properties, it is associated with longevity. Artists have long been inspired by the aesthetic charm of the Ginkgo and its leaves. Due to veneration and its protection against fire, this tree has, since ancient times, been planted in China and Japan in temple gardens, near shrines and castles. The famous Hiroshima-tree is also near a temple. Old Ginkgoes are worshipped like a god in Japan. To indicate the sacred character of the tree a shimenawa (cord of rice straw) is tied round the enormous trunk of the tree. This is also believed to ward off evil spirits.
And for us, the Ginkgo is symbolic for being resilient and adaptable within an ever changing environment. It represents longevity. The light green colour is synonymous with a fresh, young beginning. The company logo with its three ginkgo leaves arranged in a circle, symbolize the Spa’s three main areas of concentration: Mind, Body, and Soul, with the circle representing the holistic approach that embraces the philosophy of every Ginkgo Spa & Wellness facility.