The Balinese massage originated in Bali, one of the several Indonesian islands. This form of massage is incredibly relaxing and includes a range of mild stretching, acupressure, reflexology, stroking, kneading and aromatherapy oils.
As a result of the various techniques Balinese massage benefits clients in a number of ways and is quite unique in its approach. Some of the benefits to the client includes increased blood flow and oxygen to muscle groups, improved Qi, and a greater sense of well being both mentally and physically.
It’s an incredibly relaxing experience for both the mind and body. The therapy was designed with the intent to clear the body’s natural pathways for Qi. Helping the person achieve a real deep sense of well being, and a more balanced life outside of just the physical.
There is a very real emotional and spiritual effect to a Balinese massage. It’s well suited to people who feel emotionally drained, stressed, or suffer from low levels of energy. Combined with the long strokes to heal and rejuvenate the muscles, there is a well-rounded effect to the therapy.
Balinese Massage Benefits
Some of the benefits to a Balinese massage include:
- Relief from symptoms related to allergies
- Relieves the mental effects of stress and anxiety
- Repairs damaged muscles and tissues
- Soothes joint pains
- Can help with sleep disorders
- Indonesian Massage Techniques
Indonesian massage is incredibly relaxing. These treatments are perfect if you are in need of recharging the batteries. Whether you are run down and tired from a stressful day-to-day life, or something has impacted your life in a big way and drained you emotionally – a Balinese massage is going to do wonders for you.
After just one session you will feel mentally, physically and spiritually rejuvenated. The techniques are similar to Ayurveda massage techniques used in Indian holistic systems.
Balinese Massage Contraindications
Contraindications to be aware of include the following:
- Fever or high temperatures
- Bleeding or open wounds and cuts on the skin
- Any know inflammation of lymph or blood vessels
- Aortic aneurysm and heart conditions
- Pronounced sclerosis of cerebral vessels
- Acupressure in Balinese massage
A principle technique used in Balinese massages is acupressure. The human body has several pressure points. These can be pressed by the therapists fingers using acupressure techniques to help relax the muscles.
Acupressure also stimulates the body’s natural healing capability and immune system. Used with soothing therapeutic oils clients are receiving a complete massage therapy treatment.
Reflexology in Balinese Massage
Reflexology uses similar techniques to acupressure by applying pressure to certain pressure points around the body. In particular the pressure points on the feet, hands and ears.
This stimulates some of the body’s internal organs to respond. Therefore, using these techniques a therapist can address some internal issues causing clients discomfort. Another benefit to the overall health and well being of an individual.
Therapeutic Oils in Balinese Massage
Therapeutic oils are used in Balinese massage to help heighten the effects and the feeling of the therapy. Aromatic and natural oils are often used, with relaxing properties to aid the relaxation of the muscles and the mind.
Sandalwood and rose are commonly used as they are soft and pleasant aromas. Although a therapist can use specific oils to treat problems a client may be having.
What to Expect from a Balinese Massage
Before having a massage you will have a consultation with the therapist to highlight anything that is relevant to the therapy. This means disclosing any medical conditions that are relevant, no matter how small they might seem.
Some conditions can be worked on in the session, while others need to be avoided so as not to worsen them.
You should inform the therapist of the following for example:
- Joint pain and reduced range of motion
- Any recent surgeries or medical procedures
- Any medical treatments you are currently taking
- Any family history of heart problems
- High or low blood pressure
A massage will start with the extremities of the body. So the hands and head, then working in towards the body. This is carried out in this order to follow the laws of energy and the natural blood flow.
The general flow of the massage is from the head to the feet. There will be a series of soft techniques followed by some stronger and heavier massage techniques depending on the client.
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