Balinese Wellness Treatments- your key to inner healing

Bali, the beautiful island of Gods, is one of the most stunning provinces in Indonesia. Home to wellness remedies and techniques that have been honed over centuries, Bali attracts visitors from all over the world who come here to heal.  

When in Bali, you can explore its history, go deep-sea diving with friends or try one or more of the many Balinese wellness treatments. Balinese spas are where you will find some very peculiar treatments that can work wonders for your mind and body. 

1. Thalassotherapy

Thalassotherapy is a sea water therapy. Its name has Greek origins, Thalassa meaning sea. When you make a booking for this therapy, you will find yourself in a pool with seawater and hydrotherapy jets. The warm and rich mineral water will be used to massage, tone and soothe your tired muscles. Additionally, you will be able to enjoy affusion sprinklers that will further relax your mind and body. 

At some Thalassotherapy spas, you will find seawater replaced by spring water with added minerals to top up the benefits. At some Thalassotherapy spas in Bali, you will also find dead weed and seaweed spa treatments, along with fitness facilities. A Thalassotherapy spa is great for soothing joint aches and conditions like arthritis. It is also good for combating cellulite. 

2. Water Healing

Water healing is a unique hydrotherapy that relaxes the mind and unwinds the body. In this therapy, a professional helps you let go and float on the water while helping you with graceful stretches and luxurious water-assisted massage. This is a healing therapy that releases tightly held emotions along with relieving the achy joints. According to experts, floating on the water takes back our mind to the profoundly relaxing and nurturing conditions of the womb. 

3. Zen Bamboo Massage

In this massage, bamboo sticks are used to apply pressure to key points of the body. The bamboo sticks are heated to a perfect temperature and the therapist uses its flexibility and strength to make rhythmic strokes on the body. This is combined with stretching and rolling of the heated bamboo with the right pressure. Zen bamboo massage is ideal for lymphatic drainage and relaxation.

4. Hammam Spa

A hammam spa offers the experience of the middle east in Bali. Traditionally, hammams were public baths but with the spa culture, they have been converted to a private and luxurious experience. 

In a hammam spa, you will get to relax and unwind in a warm room. The next step will be head-to-toe exfoliation and soaping. After the cleansing step, you will be asked to take a dip in a pool of cold water. At last, you will be treated to a luxurious massage and sent to a cooling room.

The use hot and cold temperatures in a hammam makes it cleansing and therapeutic. Your hammam experience may vary from spa to spa.

5. Ayurvedic Spa

Ayurvedic spas practice Ayurveda, the oldest known health practice in the world. Hailing from India, this spa offers unique holistic treatments that are aimed at boosting immunity, preventing diseases and promoting overall well-being. An ayurvedic spa in Bali may offer you a combination of unique oil massages, yoga sessions and meditation session. After attending an ayurvedic spa, you are sure to get a new glow on your skin and a calm mind. 

Conclusion

When it comes to a relaxing vacation, Bali is one of the best in the world. Next time you want to run away to the jungles, run towards Bali and while you are there, book yourself a few spa sessions. SOTC could be your friend that makes the process easy. Coming back to the concrete jungle will get somewhat easy. 

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Travel situations way before Covid 19

“You learn from your mistakes”. Even after being an avid traveler while on my Indonesia trip I came across many such incidents where I almost acted as a newbee.

Day 2

# Friend’s Mobile lost– can you ever imagine riding a bicycle on a no motor island on a sunny day, stoping at a vast clear water sea stretch to take a dip, having a sumptious meal with loaded protien, enjoying a drink at the sunset, then riding back in the pitch dark sandy pathways to your hotel realising suddenly that your phone is missing.

What happened, where did it go, where was it last kept??? Answer – it was all the time in the open, front basket of the bicycle & we only later realised that the basket had a hole in it.

Day 5

#Debit card missing– we flew from Lombok to Bali and directly head to Ubud. And after spending a day in Ubud, I scrolled through my emails to find a notification of a failed transaction from my debit card. I panicked, i thought someone in my hotel must have taken it.

What must have happened people, do you want to take a wild guess.

I had packed my wallet in my backpack that I gave for checkin to the ‘Lion Airlines’. A baggage handler must have extracted my wallet from luggage at Bali airport and quickly took all the cash and visible cards. ‘My card was not internationally enabled’- i suffered a loss of INR 8000.

Day 12

#Situation with the local animals– We were so scared about the belongings that we kept all the cash with us. We were posing with the sunset at Ulluwatu temple, bags kept on the side, a monkey came and took away my camera case along with all the cash in it. Thanks to a gentlemen who helped to bring back the case with all money intact, only with the loss of my lens cap which is still not replaced.

Day 20

#A monster ate my freind’s debit card– here the moster is the ATM machine, on our last day of our trip, we were withdrawing some cash. And neither did we get the currency nor did we get the card back.

Learnings -Always keep your belongings and precious items on your body, preferably in a waist pouch or in a sling bag

Gili Trawangan ‘fall in love’

One of the three mini islands near Lombok has a charm that can make anybody fall in love with it. Its a no motor vehicle island. Horse carts and bicycles are the only mode of transportation.

The island has magical powers to make you stay more than you plan to. The water is as blue as the sky.

WHAT I DID apart from chilling and meeting travelers:-

Every eve: Sunset

The sunset would be the most memorable one of your life with hues of orange, yellow, purple, blue.. The glittering water when sun is setting is breathtaking. It makes you forget time and all the worries. The restaurants have an amazing sit out areas with bean bags to enhance your experience.

On Day 1- Island bicycle tour

During the day enjoy a healthy breakfast by the poolside of your hotel. Later rent a bicycle, pack swimming necessities and go for an island tour, which can be covered in 1.5hrs if at all your mind is not lured by the pristine blue waters calling you to take a dip.

On Day 2- Snorkeling

Snorkeling tour are offered by all shanty located every 10 feet. Costing around 100K per person for a group boat, which will cover the statue point, turtle and the corals. Getting off the boat 3 times is a task for people like me who are scared of depths, but its worth the experience. (They provide life jackets for non/amateur swimmers 😎) Once in the waters you would become a part of the marine and wouldn’t want to hop back in the boat.

Every night- Eat, drink and party

The island has a variety of eating options ranging from fine dinning to street food, to restaurants with special dinner offers.’Ocean 2‘ is a good budget restaurant with waterside seating for dinner. They circulate an offer of any pasta at 25K and pizza at 35K. Yes there is a catch, the portion size is small. But you can fill up with the complimentary soup and salad counter. If looking for fancy dine then ‘Egoiste‘ and ‘The roast house‘ are some options.

Want to have a drink and chat , or sit alone and listen to live music, or want to dance till you drop, Gili T is an amalgamation of all. Open bar with a DJ and a fire juggler performance is where I went the 1st night. Amazing vibe, straight drinks for 30K and cocktails for 40K, funny Bartender (Harry) and decent crowd,what else can you ask for.

Nasi goreng with a view

The 2nd night I stepped into the ‘Irish pub’ as it had all the young travelers. But this is not it, if you still want to party more, ‘Jiggy boat party’ will fulfill your wish. Its a yacht party starting at 2pm and ends at 8pm. 1st drink is on the house, charges per person is approx 150K.

Where I stayed- The Laxmi villas

I know the name sounds boring but the boutique villa was a small paradise. Also it fit my budget. Its a 10 min walk from the ferry point. The rooms are clean, air conditioned and bathroom has hot and cold shower.

Gili T has a lot of hostels as well, naming some ‘Gili Divers’, ‘Gili castle’ , ‘Beach Bum’, ‘M box’, ‘Gili mansion’. They all are well maintained hostels with air conditioned dormitories.

Gili air and Gili meno are neighboring small and much more peaceful islands. Choice is yours…

Top 3 offbeat beaches of Goa

With the flight fares getting cheaper than Rajdhani train 3rd AC ticket, “Goa” is no longer an exotic location which is difficult to reach. While Calangute/ Bagha are over exploited (could be because of closest proximity to Panjim), Anjuna (not shiva valley) and Wagator are on the verge of commercialization. We still have some untrod-den beaches for the fellow backpackers, looking for some placidity.

So if you want to unwind and repose away from the laser lights and the loud DJ’s, here are the options:

Arambol– The northern most beach of Goa. The atmosphere is tranquilizing. It has fewer shacks and hotels. An excellent way of spending a rustic/hippie goa life. Indulge in yoga and ayurveda.

Agonda– My personal favorite in South Goa. It has got beautiful rocky terrain on the extreme ends. The beach has surfing waves, which makes a fun sport even for the non swimmers ( don’t be hard on yourself to try standing on the surfing board). Early morning walks on the wet sands, breathing in the cool breeze and absorbing the amber sunlight is essence of my holiday.

Palolem– It is the most popular beaches of South Goa and I wont deny that it isn’t busy but since its the southern most beach of Goa, it still has got that charm. One can experience a great balance of beach vacation with nightlife. Every Sat they organize a headphone party “Silent noise”. Also not far from the beach is an open air club named the “Leopard valley”. The days can be spent sunbathing and drinking, which makes this an ideal vacation.