Holistic treatments not only provide physical benefits that potentially no amount of exercise or food could remedy but also are fantastic for our emotional and spiritual well being in this fast paced world we live in. Take some time for yourself and include a holistic treatment as often as you can to really achieve a completely balanced, healthy and happy you. Here’s where to go.
THE PURNAMA AND TILEM MASSAGE
Purnama (full moon) and Tilem (new moon) are two auspicious days according to Balinese belief, when purification ceremonies are performed to wash away sins, and celebrate “Rwa Bhinneda” or the two energies of life, the good and evil, darkness and light. During Purnama, the Balinese worship the Goddess Sang Hyang Chandra, whereas during Tilem they pray to God Sang Hyang Surya. Balinese people believe that to bathe in water perfumed by the fragrant petals of the frangipani flower under the light of the full moon will wash away impurities.
To immerse in the Balinese culture and and get pampered at the same time, your Purnama and Tilem Massage at the Waroeng Djamoe Spa at Hotel Tugu Bali begins with a small blessing ceremony by the sea with blessed water from the Batu Bolong Temple, before moving on to the outdoor area of the spa. The massage itself, 75 minutes long and using frangipani oil, begins with long, soft strokes that are inspired by the soft caress of the moonlight and the crashes of the waves under it, and gradually becomes stronger before they are replaced with strong, rotating circles using wrists and knuckles, depicting the energy of the full moon. The massage ends with softening long strokes again, and is followed with a tranquil herb and frangipani bath, and ended with a closing ceremony of blessed water. To enhance your Purnama and Tilem Massage, the resort’s chef suggests the Rejuvenating Healthy Spa Menu. It is recommended to have this light menu before or after the Purnama and Tilem Massage instead of a heavy meal.
Waroeng Djamoe Spa at Hotel Tugu Bali
A : Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu
T : +62 361 473 1701
W : www.tuguhotels.com
AURA-SOMA CHAKRA BALANCING
At Four Seasons Jimbaran, and a world first, the power of touch is combined with Bali’s ancient healing philosophy and the modern wisdom of the Aura-Soma® Colour Care System to create a soul deep spa experience that unlocks emotional blockages, leaving you feeling lighter and at complete harmony with the world. The Chakra Balance Massage with Aura-Soma® (meaning ‘light body’), a sensitive 90 minute treatment at the resort’s award-winning Healing Village Spa, uses the vibrational power of colour to rebalance the body’s seven main chakras or energy wheels. Seven designated Aura-Soma® chakra oils containing the living energies of plants, essential oils, gems and crystals each target a specific chakra, and combine with sound, breath and gentle massage to induce a meditative-state that enables emotional and physical release. As opposed to a deep tissue massage, the focus is on touch and connection rather than muscle manipulation.
The Balinese know only too well the principles of Sekala and Niskala – the seen and unseen – neither of which exists without the other. So too in this sensitive yet effective experience, the balancing massage brings harmony to both the seen and unseen forces of nature. Therapists use Aura-Soma® Equilibrium bottles, Quintessences and Pomanders corresponding to the seven chakras: the Deep Red pomander promotes ‘energising’, Orange ‘insight’, Yellow ‘happiness’, Green ‘space given’, Blue ‘peace’, Violet ‘calming and transformative’, and Magenta ‘caring and compassion’.
Healing Village Spa at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
A : Jimbaran Bay, Jimbaran
T : +62 361 70 1010
W : www.fourseasons.com/jimbaranbay
WELLNESS A LA SOE
The Wellness Counsellor and Healer of Mandapa Spa & Wellness, Rini Soe allows you to discover peace of mind and body through comprehensive wellness and lifestyle programs. Rini employs centuries-old Balinese customs and techniques that promote well-being for the physical and energetic body. Ever since she was a child, Rini Soe has had a special gift of intuition, which she has implemented into her healing practices ever since. After undergoing a long spiritual journey, Rini chose to work professionally as a spiritual counsellor, and has continued to do so for the past three years. By reading palms and combining the practice with the medium of Oracle Cards and Orchid Healing Cards, Rini is able to help you address the roots of various obstacles or traumas that impact everyday life.
At Mandapa, Rini offers private healing sessions that work to resolve spiritual and physical issues with a positive approach. Rini’s sessions are also completed with brief guidance on the art of self-healing and empowerment using flower essence and essential oils. Her deep knowledge and holistic approach will help you with your health as well as your emotional and spiritual well-being.
Mandapa Spa at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
A : Jalan Kedewatan, Banjar Kedewatan, Ubud
T : +62 361 4792 777
W : www.mandapareserve.com
THE TIBETAN SINGING BOWL
A healing session using ancient singing bowls raised a few eyebrows a couple of years ago. Today, it’s a wonderful hour of ‘me time’ to honour yourself with relaxation and activate your ‘reset button’ to total harmony. The Tibetan Singing Bowl treatment at Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana’s Tjakra 7 Spa will leave you connected with your chakra system and feeling balanced and energised, for it allows the sound of vibrations from the bowls to be transmitted directly to the body’s cells, circulatory system, organs and tissues.
During the treatment, the bowls are placed on your body in a specific manner on the energy chakras or in the body’s aura and struck gently with a felt piece to create a unique sound vibration. In this manner the cell structures of the body are brought into the vibration of harmony, encouraging the body into a relatively rapid, deep relaxation. The sounds help to resolve tension, and this makes breathing become calmer and deeper. The treatment is said to relieve headaches, muscle tension and even emotional instability, and aims to put one’s physical and spiritual energy back into alignment. Prior to the singing bowl treatment, you will be treated to a soothing and relaxing Balinese massage.
Tjakra 7 Spa at Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana
A : Jalan Melasti No. 1, Legian
T : +62 361 762 500
W : www.pullmanbalilegiannirwana.com
In the pristine surrounding of green Ubud, Visesa Spa brings together ancient healing traditions to nurture your being in every way. The treatments at the spa are based on traditional knowledge that has been passed down for generations, adopting the Bali Usada concept, an ancient way to cure physical and mental ailments using healing techniques based on the practical use of Ayurvedic medicinal plants, herbs and spices. The Bali Usada ultimate intention is to balance the embodied Sekala (seen) and the mental and spiritual Niskala (unseen) by using five elements: Teja (fire), Pertiwi (earth), Apah (water), Bayu (air) and Akasha (space).
Each of our chakra corresponds to one of these natural elements, for they exist within every cell of our body. Knowledge of the five elements allows Visesa Spa to understand the laws of nature and to use the treatments to attain greater health, power, knowledge, wisdom and happiness – this arises out of deep intuition of how the universe operates. And to add uniqueness to the holistic treatments at Visesa, your session will take place in artificial caves that represent and named after each of the five elements.
Visesa Spa at Desa Visesa Ubud
A : Banjar Bentuyung Sakti,, Jalan Suweta, Ubud
T : +62 361 209 1788
W : www.visesaubud.com
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