Balinese Massage Therapist: Robert Donkers
Often found under the umbrella of Indonesian Massage, Balinese massage is a specific massage authentic to the Island of Bali. Balinese Massage is a deep and firm treatment, and several other disciplines are incorporated in the treatment, such as aromatherapy and reflexology. The treatment starts with compression, myofascial stretches and stimulation of acupressure points on the spine. Warming spices are used on the body, exotic fragrances on the face and scrubbing blends on the feet.
It is easy to include the Balinese massage into European practice. Although the way this massage is practised in Bali is very deep and vigorous, in Europe we can adapt it to a more gentle massage, with the use of essential oils for example, while maintaining it's therpeutic benefits.
What would we like to achieve with Balinese Massage? As with any massage, the main goal of the Balinese massage is a relaxed state of mind and a relaxed physical body. The Balinese believe 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.
The massage is also designed to deeply relax tense muscle tissue. This is done by combining standard massage techniques like kneading, stroking, and hacking with gentle stretching. The oils used are: cajeput, rosemary, black pepper, eucalyptus, camphor and ginger. Ideally, the Balinese massage will work every muscle in your body. This massage is not a delicate one, you can definitely feel it deep in your muscles.
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.
Since Balinese massage works the muscle tissue at such a deep level, it is often compared to Ayurveda - the Indian holistic medical system, that some consider to be very intense.
A typical treatment at the clinic last 1 hour, however for the full body scrub one should set aside 2 hours.