Friday, April 8, 2011

History of Balinese Massage

Balinese Massage is part of Balinese Traditional Healing. The existences of Balinese massage has been known and practiced since hundreds years ago and it’s mentioned on well preserved ancient Balinese manuscripts.

Lontar Usada manuscripts known as Balinese health science and medical literature, deals with diseases healing using traditional treatments such as mantras and herbal therapy. As an agricultural Island in Tropical Country, Bali is enriched with Herbal Plantation which is becoming the sources of traditional medicines. Traditional Balinese healers, called Balian, have been studying various healing theories from those Usada palm leaf scriptures.

Balinese Massage Origin

The Balinese Massage, as one of Balinese healing treatments inspired by classical Hindu medical science based on Ayurvedic texts. Over a thousand years ago, merchant ships regularly traveled through the Spice Islands – modern day Indonesia. Hindus from India brought healing massage techniques and oil massage as well as herbal treatments. Buddhists from China brought acupressure techniques.

Western writings and modern documentation on Balinese traditional medicine was pioneered by a Dutch medic, Doctor Wolfgang Weck, back in 1930, with his prominent book entitled “Heikunde und Volkstum auf Bali”. Anthropologist Dr R Goris wrote The Balinese Medical Literature. These notable figures investigated the detail and complications of Balinese traditional medicine, especially on theories, diagnosis, medicinal ingredients, and methods of concoction.

Today, Balinese massage consists of several massage therapy techniques that the people of Bali have adopted from different cultures. Bali massage was originally the more painful healing massage technique. As tourism grew, foreigners began to request more relaxing massages.

What is Balinese Massage ?

A Balinese massage uses a combination of gentle stretches, acupressure and aromatherapy oils to stimulate the flow of blood, oxygen and “qi” (energy) around your body, and bring deep relaxation and wellness. An ancient technique, Balinese massage uses a variety of techniques including skin rolling, kneading and stroking, acupressure and reflexology; essential oils will relax and soothe you.

Benefits of Balinese Massage Therapy

As with any massage, one of the main goals of the Balinese massage is a relaxed state of mind. The Balinese feel that in order to have true relaxation there must be a good flow of blood and oxygen throughout your system. It is believed that when the blood and oxygen are flowing freely then the qi, or energy, will flow freely too.

A Balinese massage works deeply to soothe damaged tissue, and relieve strained muscles and joint pain. The boost to your circulation will help reduce stress and rebalance your body. Because it works very deeply into the tissue, as well as boosting circulation and harnessing acupressure and reflexology techniques, Balinese massage is a highly effective treatment for sports injuries. Balinese massage aims to help with a wide range of ailments, including migraine, muscle and joint pain, sleep disorder, stress, anxiety or depression, as well as allergies and breathing problems such as asthma. The use of oils is calming and sensual and leaves you feeling relaxed and serene.

(Articles compiled from various sources - Aroma Talk Spa Website)