Balinese massage stems from many different Asian cultures including Chinese and Indian and was developed in the Indonesian town of Bali.
The main aim of Balinese massage is to deliver a relaxed state of mind and a sense of wellbeing by stimulating the lymphatic system and the flow of oxygen, blood and energy (qi) around the body.
The massage usually begins with a cleansing traditional foot ritual to rid the body of toxins and restart the energy flow.
Then a full body deep-tissue holistic treatment takes place that uses many different types of pressure such as acupressure, reflexology alongside aromatherapy to achieve a state of wellbeing and relaxation.
It is designed to work almost every muscle in the body with the release of deeply tense and knotted muscles using a mixture of skin rolling, kneading, stroking, pressure point and palm pressing techniques throughout the body.
With its effects being felt deep in the muscles, Balinese massage is not a delicate style of massage. Some spas may carry out this massage in a gentler manner to focus on relaxation.
Balinese massage has been known to help those suffering with migraines, physical pain from knotted muscles, sleeping disorders and breathing disorders.
During a typical Balinese massage, you will be asked to lie on a massage couch or a massage table with minimal clothing or fully unclothed.
You will experience deep pressure and the use of essential oils will both soothe your mind and help the massage strokes become more fluid. It will usually last about one hour.
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