Bali, one of the several islands that make up Indonesia, is known for a number of things other than its natural beauty. One such thing is the Balinese Massage. It is basically a fusion of mild stretch exercises, acupressure, skin rolling, kneading and stroking, reflexology and aromatherapy oils. The result is boosting of the flow of blood, oxygen and 'Qi' (energy) in the body of the recipient. These effects provide deep relaxation to the mind as well as body and help in bringing about a complete wellness. The therapy believes in the simple concept that the life force or Qi maintains the balance between health and wellness. Balinese massage clears the pathways for Qi, i.e. for achieving a good physically and emotionally stable life. The various techniques involved regulate the blood and oxygen in the body. They help in relieving various ailments and also stimulate the senses. They also lead to poised life, rendering the ability to handle stress. This excellent massage type is effective for individuals with low level of energy, lethargy, poor circulation, irritable bowel syndrome, depression and fatigue. The long rhythmic strokes practiced by the therapist pamper the body, thus relaxing the tired muscles.
Bali Spa and Body Treatment
Balinese massage is one of the traditional Indonesian massage techniques. The luxurious spa and body treatment given under this massage technique is perfect for people who want to experience mental as well as physical relaxation. Whether you are tired from the usual stressful life or want to take a break after some tragic incident, Bali massage therapy promises to rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. It is closely related to Ayurveda, the Indian holistic medical system, and helps in deep tissue and muscular relaxation as well. In fact, this therapy is believed to have it origin in India. In many traditional Balinese homes babies are massaged since childbirth to ensure a good health and strong mind. It is said that the masseuse follows his/her hearts, rather than hands while using a particular technique. The intentions of the therapist matter more than methods, because positive vibes emitted by him/her are supposed to work towards harmonizing the body, mind and spirit. As far the techniques are concerned they are very basic, yet effective. It is certain that when you leave the spa, you come out hale and hearty, however, it is recommended to go for some continuous sessions for a complete treatment.
Balinese massage has been found to be work positively in recovering from the following ailments:
- Anxiety or Depression
- Breathing Problems like Asthma
- Damaged Tissues and Muscles
- Joints Pain
- Muscle Pain
- Sleep disorder
- Sports Injuries
Techniques and Therapeutic Oils
Acupressure is a principle technique used in Balinese massage. Human body contains various pressure points, which when pressed firmly in the right manner, help relax the muscles. It also increases the immunity of the body, thereby, stimulating the ability of the body to heal itself. Acupressure may also help promote the flow of blood, relieve pain and relax strain.
This is a similar to the previous technique, where the pressure is exerted on certain pressure points, especially the ones on hands, feet and ears. Some internal organs and body systems respond to these parts of the body, on the application of pressure. Therefore, several minor problems relating to these organs can be addressed externally by applying a little thrust on the reflex points. It ha s a healing effect on the overall health condition of an individual.
Essential oils are the basic ingredients of Balinese massage. These oils are therapeutic in nature and are usually aromatic. They help relax the muscles and soothe the mind. A wide range of essential oils are used, including the common scents of jasmine, rose, and sandalwood. The exotic fragrances include lemongrass, cempaka, and frangipani. The therapist may slightly heat the oil with an infusion of ginger or cloves to address a specific complaint.
Preparing for The Massage
You should make sure to inform your Balinese therapist about any ailments that you are suffering from as well as tell him about the following cases:
- You are suffering from joints or limbs pain
- You are or have chances of getting pregnant
- You have recently undergone a surgery
- You have recently suffered from an injury
- You are a patient of high/low blood pressure
- You have a history of heart problems
- You are receiving any form of treatment
This will help him in determining the kind of oils and massage that should be used in your case.