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Karma Spa Launches Authentic ‘Sacred Intutiive Balinese Massage’ At Karma Kandara And Karma Jimbaran

March 22, 2014 Spa & Wellness No Comments Email Email

Imagine the sensation of warm herbal oil from a traditional spouted tjanting pouring gently over your skin, the scent of indigenous incense stick and fresh flowers presented on an authentic Canang Sari daily offering as the sound of chime bells clear your mind before your massage begins.

These are just some of the signature touches to the newly devised ‘Sacred Intuitive Balinese Massage’ at Karma Spas in Bali.

There’s no shortage of Balinese-style massages on the Island of the Gods, but what makes one stand out from the other? At Karma Spas in Bali, the spa team of bodyworkers trains year round with expert practitioners, healers and reflexologists. They complete a most unique and comprehensive training program in a new style of Balinese massage that is unforgettable to most clients. U logo

‘Our Karma Spa philosophy has always been ‘it’s all about the therapist,’ confirms Judy Chapman, Spa Curator of the Karma Royal Group and author of four books on spas. ‘A visit to any spa in Bali is such a beautiful way to experience a taste of the Balinese culture, and with this new massage style we were inspired to create an even more memorable experience for our guest.’

The Sacred Intuitive Balinese Massage sequence begins with a sacred offering whereby your therapist lights an incense stick and together with the Canang Sari (a traditional daily Balinese Hindu offering made from a palm leaf tray filled with various coloured flowers that you often see on temples and in front of stores), and places this on the small dulang, a traditional, hand-painted plate. She then moves gracefully to every corner of the room with a chime bell as part of the cleansing of the room ritual.

Additional significant touches include the pouring of warm herbal oil from a spouted tjanting that is a traditional Javanese tool used to make batik sarongs my hand (and looks similar to the tool that a Balinese priest uses to give holy water after praying). The massage oil is hand-pressed from coconut oil and medicinal herbs curated from an Ayurvedic doctor living in a village near Ubud.

‘Another significant moment in this sacred massage is the lifting of the head with a traditional sarong,” says Chapman. She explains that the therapist carefully places a sarong underneath the guest’s head and lifts it gently, slowly stretching the neck from side to side.

Spa trainer Erika Dewi from Banyu Spa, who has long-been a strong voice in the Bali spa industry and community says that being a therapist in Bali is a way of life, and the key for the Balinese to give good quality massages is related to the special way they experience their unique Balinese way of life; an art form in and of itself.”

Erika explains that a Balinese woman begins her day with simple tasks including washing her body, cleaning her compound, praying and shopping in the local market – or pasar – in a relaxed and harmonious rhythm. “When starting her session, the total presence, kindness, smile and generosity of her being provides harmony and good energy, and this is the intention behind Karma Spa’s new massage.”

Based on traditional Balinese massage techniques that strengthen and heal the body and mind, the treatment comprises slow-moving stretching, long strokes and palm and thumb pressure techniques designed to relieve tension, improve circulation and create a feeling of well-being.

“Since we opened our first flagship Karma Spa back in 2008, our dedication to year-round training for our team of bodyworkers gives them the confidence to perform bespoke personalized experiences for each guest,’ describes Judy. ‘Therefore our team will often deliver a mixed bundle of styles that concentrate on areas of concern for the individual guest when needed. We are passionate about delivering results-orientated therapies.”

There are now several Karma Spas opening up around the world including Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Northern Europe. More recently, Chapman has opened up a third-party division within the Karma Royal Group, creating both franchise and white-label bespoke 3-, 4- and 5-star spas for resorts and hotels.

All of Karma Spa treatments and retail products are delivered with ingredients sourced from ethical and sustainable farmers and growers and are GMO-free and made without any synthetic additives.

“The Sacred Intuitive Balinese Massage is definitely something people will remember long after they departed,” says Chapman. “And it’s a pampering way for visitors to get a very personal introduction to the unique energy and traditions of Bali.”

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