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Balinese Massage: Timeless Therapy in Sumptuous Luxury

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From its thriving yoga scene to its serene spa retreats, Bali is synonymous with wellness. The island’s postcard-perfect scenery of lush green mountain sides and spectacular beaches make it the perfect setting to zone out while enjoying its blissful traditions of holistic healing.

To come to Bali and not have a massage would border on an insult to the island’s age-old therapies. There’s a reason why Balinese massage has made its way into top spas all over the world: it fuses together deep-tissue massage with aromatherapy, gentle stretching and light acupressure for a beautifully relaxing, holistic healing treatment.

 

Villa Lilibel Massage room

MASSAGE ROOM, VILLA LILIBEL – SEMINYAK, BALI

But while you might be able to have one anywhere in the world, nothing comes close to a massage at the skilled hands of expert Balinese masseurs. Therapists use a firm, kneading massage style to stimulate blood flow, along with pressure point techniques and reflexology to help soothe muscle tension, and the aromatherapy of essential oils to ease you into blissful relaxation.

Beyond the traditional massage techniques, spas in Bali offer a host of traditional beauty therapies that use the healing properties of natural ingredients to scruff, buff, and revive skin, and leave you perfectly preened.

 

Balinese massage at Villa Semarapura

BALINESE MASSAGE AT VILLA SEMARAPURA – CEMAGI, BALI

Balinese massage

Balinese massage starts at the bottom and works up, so as you lie face down, the first port of call for a Balinese massage is your feet. Your therapist will use elements of foot reflexology to stimulate pressure points on your soles, and gently stretch out the lower legs.

The deep tissue work begins on your lower legs and works up to the backs of your thighs – perfect for soothing aches and pains after a run or a hike up one of Bali’s spectacular peaks. Then your therapist moves to your back, targeting pressure points along the spine and combining kneading and stroking massage styles to boost blood circulation and gently remove knots in your shoulders.

After you turn over, your therapist works bottom to top again, beginning with the feet and moving up your legs. Balinese massage includes work on the stomach, believed to benefit digestive and reproductive health. The treatment finishes with a gentle massage of your scalp and forehead.

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Natural Nails by Maria Curau Salon

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Maria Curau Salon

This serene salon in Canggu, Bali is socially aware and aims to soothe the emotional and physical state of all who enter. Bali’s only vegan nail parlour, chemicals are shunned, and homemade kombucha (fermented tea) is offered on arrival along with a fragrant chilled towel.

Settle in for a gorgeous treat while overlooking the lush rice fields. Sit back and relax into one of five chairs while well-trained therapists deliver an expert manicure and pedicure using coconut cream to hydrate feet and legs. A blissful head and shoulder massage is thrown in as a delightful bonus.

In keeping with Maria Curau’s holistic approach, a refreshing ice water hand and foot plunge bath is used to expedite the drying process. Owner Tatiana greets and chats with clients about the holistic philosophy of the salon, which is enlightening and entertaining.

INSIDER TIP: the nail art is excellent. Think striking geometrics, vibrant colours and unique minimalist designs – particularly popular with girls and teens.

 

RESERVATIONS: (+62) 0813 3877 5526

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5 Most Polished Seminyak Nail Salons

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You’re on holiday! Time to relax, rejuvenate and pamper yourself to pieces. Give your hands and feet a special treat at one of these top Seminyak nail parlours.

 

Spring Spa Seminyak

#1 SPRING SPA

Everything at Spring Spa is chilled. White-pitched ceilings, a DJ spinning tunes from his second-level booth, super-comfy reclining chairs and a hip New York vibe. This is the go-to venue for sensational shellac. 

Spring Spa is the tropical child of New Zealand mother business by the same name – and boasts the same great menu and high service standard.

Try the hot milk and almond pedicure, where your silky just-buffed feet are soaked in hot whole milk before being rubbed with mega-moistening almond oil. This hour-long treatment is so lushly gentle that it sends guests to cloud nine, so don’t be surprised if you doze off while being stroked, massaged and painted with shellac that lasts very well in the humid heat of Bali.

If time is short, drop in for a 15-minute file + paint for Rp75,000, or even just a clip + buff for Rp50,000 – very popular with the gents.

Seminyak has two Spring Spas – one in Seminyak Village and another opposite the W Retreat on Petitenget. One more coming to Canggu, Bali is in the planning stages.

www.springspa.com

 AMO Spa Seminyak

#2 AMO SPA

Amo Spa in Petitenget, the brainchild of native New York supermodel/actress Navia Nguyen, never fails when it comes to consistency and quality.  

Magazine racks spill over with the latest issues of Gourmet Traveller and Vogue straight from Australia, so be sure to grab a few to browse from your comfy chair. You can also charge up your phone while you’re there, but leave some room on the armrest for a tropical cocktail or a hot coffee and cookie from the cute mini café.

Then just sit back and slip your feet into a warm-water soak (dressed up with a sprinkling of pretty petals). Completely zen out while the nail experts create masterpieces on your fingers and toes, and get an amazing shoulder massage while your nails are drying.

There’s also AMO Express on Jalan Basangkasa and a mobile service if you’d prefer some in-villa pampering.

www.amospa.com

 

Think Pink Nails Seminyak

#3 THINK PINK NAILS

This is the only nail salon in Bali that has ALL 72 shades of GelColor by OPI.

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