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Balinese Massage

Balinese massage is one of the traditional Indonesian massages. Originating from theislandofBali, this massage is unique because it utilizes a combination of techniques. It mixes massage, acupressure, reflexology and aromatherapy into one session.

As with any massage, one of the main goals of the Balinese massage is a relaxed state of mind. The Balinese feel that in order to have true relaxation there must be a good flow of blood and oxygen throughout your system. It is believed that when the blood and oxygen are flowing freely then the qi, or energy, will flow freely too.

Although the Balinese massage combines several different techniques it is performed on a massage table, just like any other massage.

What sets the Balinese massage apart, aside from the combination of techniques, is the use of essential oils. When a Balinese massage is performed, great attention is paid to the scents used in the massage oil. A variety of essential oils are used, common scents such as jasmine, rose or sandalwood. Along with more exotic scents like cempaka, sandat, and frangipani.

The scents are used to represent relaxation, body indulgement, and anti-stress. A general massage will use massage oil that is room temperature. To cure a specific complaint, Balinese massage will use a warm oil with an infusion of lemon grass, cloves or ginger.

Mental relaxation is only one of the goals of the Balinese massage. The massage is also designed to deeply relax tense muscle tissue. This is done by combining standard massage techniques like kneading, stroking, and skin rolling with gentle stretching.

Ideally, the Balinese massage will work every muscle in your body. The massage style employs a variety techniques to do just that, including acupressure movements such as press point and palm pressure, and standard massage techniques like sliding, long exploration, short exploration and kneading. This massage is not a delicate one, you can definitely feel it deep in your muscles.

 What to expect with Balinese Massage:

It is this balance of massage, acupressure and reflexology that allows the Balinese massage to bring a release to deeply tense and knotted muscles. The massage works especially well on achy joints and muscle strains. In fact, sports injuries are often treated with a Balinese massage.

Along with eliminating muscle pain, Balinese massage has been reported to ease migraines, sleep disorders and breathing problems. The massage also greatly reduces stress and anxiety. Overall, this massage promotes complete mind and body health.

 Benefits of Balinese Massage:

  • Reducing or eliminating pain
  • Improving joint mobility
  • Improving circulation
  • Improving immune system functioning
  • Increasing lymphatic drainage
  • Reducing depression and anxiety
  • Reducing tension within muscles
  • Increasing body awareness

 

Recommendations:

We recommend the Indian head massage as an upgrade to this treatment, as the body’s energy is already opened up and flowing the effects of the Indian head massage will be more profound.

Homecare:

After the massage, your spa therapist may suggest a blend that you can use at home in between massage treatments.   You can use straight essential oils in diffusers to add aromatherapy scent to the air, or you can bring home a bottle of aromatherapy oil for topical application at home.

Additional tips

  • don’t eat a heavy meal before the massage
  • if it’s your first time at the clinic or spa, arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the necessary forms. Otherwise, arrive 5 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage.

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