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Traditional Indonesian Spa Treatments
by: Dina Indrasafitri

Walking into a spa in Indonesia is tricky business. Terms such as ‘Balinese Spa’ or ‘mandi lulur’ are not exactly buzzing within the Oxford dictionary. So before you find yourself trapped in a situation more foreign than your non-daily German flick, here are some terms to get familiar with. Get kosher with them.

The Balinese and Javanese Spa

Two basic forms of traditional treatments that you will come often across are the Javanese Spa Treatment and the Balinese Spa Treatment. Both of them are luxurious in their own rights, while holding nature in high regards. Not only does nature provide the ingredients and elements needed to replenish your energies and keep you gleaming like a piece of porcelain, it also provides the essential picture of well-being itself. To reach bliss in this sense is to be in harmony with nature. Naturally ( pun intended),you will be surrounded by a peaceful, natural setting during the treatment.

Generally, pressure points will be met with kneading movements to provide your body with the much-needed tension releaser. Both treatments involve the usage of similar natural oils and herbs. However the Balinese treatments are known to be infuse some marine aspects into their ingredients.

There are several special treats exclusive to traditional Indonesian massages and here are a few to look forward to:

Mandi Lulur or Lulur Bath

This is a specialty of Javanese traditional treatments, and it is known for its exfoliating traits. It’s skin renewal at its best.

 The pampering session begins with a fragrant massage of coconut oil, usually combined with exotic scent of flowers such as jasmine and rose frangipani. Normally, the massage is not too strong as the aim is to produce a sense of relaxation. At times, pressure will be applied in certain ‘spots’ such as the thumb or palm.

Next up is a process of exfoliating, using a paste-like mixture made out of ingredients such as rice, turmeric and fragrances. This exfoliation process will leave your skin glowing and smooth, after a shower.

The next step is possibly the most royal and pampering of them all. You will be asked to soak in a refreshing bath of exotic flowers. Fragrant rose and jasmine petals will soothe your mind as you immerse yourself in the treat. Known to be famous with the Javanese ancient royalty, this bath will be the closest you will get to being a prince/princess.

Volcanic Mud Wrap

While volcanoes are known for massive destructive and fertility at the same time, these lava-spewing agents also contribute to the health and beauty of its dwellers. The Indonesian mud is rich in minerals beneficial to the skin’s health and appearance. You will be covered in mud, literally. But fret not, for thismud is said to give wonderful skin detoxifying effects. The mud treatment will also improve blood circulation, thus giving you that radiance worthy of a bride on her wedding day.
Unlike the lulur treatment, the mud paste used in this treatment will not be vigorously massaged. Instead, it will be left inside a ‘wrap’ to absorb the skin’s impurities.

The Balinese Boreh

The treatment process of Balinese Boreh is akin to the Javanese Mud Wrap, differing on the emphasis of its benefits. While it does touch on the whole radiance effect, its more celebrated effect is warming the body with natural herbs and oils. This effect will rid the body of discomforts such as muscle aches and mild colds.

The ‘paste’ employed in this treatment contains ‘warming’ ingredients such as ginger, cloves and sandalwood. After a few minutes of warming up, the same paste will be used to exfoliate the skin along with an invigorating massage. A perfect pick-me-up at the end of the day!

Your choice of treatment depends highly on what your needs are. While most spas come with detailed descriptions of their services, they can all look ridiculously alike at times. So, when that happens, it’s best to ask the staff for their suggestions. Having accomplished the task of choosing the perfect treatment, then there is one warning left to take note of: these heavenly treatments can be highly addictive!

About The Author

Dina Indrasafitri, Travel Writer

Dina writes for SD Indonesia Editorial team for Streetdirectory.co.id. Robert J Steiner manages Streetdirectory.co.id & FlowerAdvisor.co.id, well known for for online Flowers & Gifts in Indonesia.

Dina finished her Major in Sociology in 2005. After working in Medan for several months and giving a shot at different jobs she finds that her love for writing, food, interior design and her hometown Jakarta had lead her to become a writer at Streetdirectory.com.

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