“Into the blue can mean the wide blue skies above and also the deep blue sea below, but at times, on life’s seas we are quite without warning thrown into another kind of blue. A feeling of disquieted imbalance or lack of equilibrium or spirit that heralds a period of inward reflection or produces sensitivity to the most benign of situations. These times can occur when life seems to be mighty fine, in the aftermath of unpleasant experiences or as a result of provocation from the universe’s ways of messing up your plans.”

Text by Sarah Prewitt

“Into the blue can mean the wide blue skies above and also the deep blue sea below, but at times, on life’s seas we are quite without warning thrown into another kind of blue. A feeling of disquieted imbalance or lack of equilibrium or spirit that heralds a period of inward reflection or produces sensitivity to the most benign of situations. These times can occur when life seems to be mighty fine, in the aftermath of unpleasant experiences or as a result of provocation from the universe’s ways of messing up your plans.”

While serious blues need serious attention the rhythm of the mind, body and spirit can be aligned and nurtured in a way that supports you to make your way through the blues.

Aromatherapy massages using uplifting oils like lavender, treatments that end with soaking in a herbal bath, and any form of reflexology to get the energies moving again are all recommended. It is not about shifting the mood but rather working with it to find out the message in the mood and to give attention to the underlying causes.

Even the rapid pace of life on a tropical island can have its concerns and the carefree life of the ‘innocent’ past seems attractive and so much more simpler until remembering that even ‘back then’ there were things to be concerned about, things that could change fortunes from one day to the next.

So while NOW! Bali is not advocating cures for anyone’s ills, or suggesting that this month we should all be influenced by the retrograde of Mercury, we are encouraging you to embrace the day as you find it, and take a spa treatment while you are here in Bali. There is nothing lovelier than allowing yourself the time to relax under the healing hands of a Balinese Spa Therapist.

In the forested hills of Ubud it is easy to feel the healing power of nature and the gentle rise and fall of the breath of mother earth.

Taksu Spa

The word taksu means spirit in Balinese and the Taksu Spa offers massages and spa therapies that harmonize the natural grace and sensitivity of the individual.

The aim of Taksu’s Indonesian therapists is to enable their guests to experience deep relaxation and connectedness through a variety of massage styles. These will give a real feeling of deep nourishment to your body, and will help you find peace within yourself, whatever you are feeling.

Fivelements

Highly regarded for their attention to detail, the Fivelements in Mambal on the outskirts of Ubud can be a full retreat or day visit. The moment you enter the magical space of thatched roofs and welcoming spa pavilions you can surrender to the timelessness of Balinese beauty in architecture, ambience and attention. The Puri Ahimsa Spa of the Fivelements has a comprehensive menu of holistic healing approaches that range from the fresh air of a mountain trek or the comfort of a treatment of a traditional massage that melts different techniques into one seamless experience, delivered using super-nourishing virgin coconut oil.

Bali Botanica Day Spa

Just off the main road out of Ubud via Champuan, Bali Botanica is the perfect place to escape to for a day. They will even pick you up from your hotel to indulge your senses from the very first moment they make your acquaintance.

The pretty house set in a lovely garden has the air of genteel grace and calm and the elegance of the home is one that carries right into the services provided. The beautiful Shirodari treatment is a wonderful way to alleviate a busy mind. The technique of allowing a gentle pouring of warm oil onto the forehead is mystical and powerfully soporific, and can bring about deep restfulness.

And the sandy shores of Seminyak Beach, the lively aroma of the ocean is uplifting all by itself, but after a day of sun and surf, or of books and not much else at all, why not let the evening become all about you.

Bodyworks, Petitenget

At NOW! Bali we are such devotees of Bodyworks, be it for their lovely delivery of a quality mani-pedi or the beauty of immersing in their marble baths after a traditional lular, body scrub and massage treatment. The services they provide for hair are also difficult to resist. Pressed for time? Or can’t deal with that messy beach hair? The Bodyworks crème bath is a miracle worker when combined with the steam treatment and neck and shoulder massage.

Jari Menari, Jalan Raya Seminyak

In terms of body massage the therapists at Jari Menari are magicians, they can unravel a knot, stretch a muscle and push a pressure point in ways that will really make your toes uncurl. The Jari Menari approach is to incorporate the movement of dance into massage so that even as the guest is lying supine they are energetically connected to a fluidity of movement that channels energy between the therapist and themselves. This energetic form of massage is highly recommended for those looking to make shifts, but not sure of what nature, as the body responds to the physicality of the massage the mind slowly unwinds to allow intuition and authenticity to flow into thought and vision.!

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