For those seeking the ultimate , penetrating oil massage,
this could well be it. It's pedigree is a long one- at least
2,000 years and its origins are to be found in Ayurveda. Those
familiar with Traditional Chinese medical theory who subsequently
receive Indonesian massage will recognise a very disciplined
treatment of the main energy meridians.
Whether this is intuitive or the result of Chinese influence
in the distant past , it is difficult to say. As practiced
today, Indonesian massage is still very much part of an
effective healing system that also includes herbal remedies
Indonesian massage is performed on the floor or on a hard bed
or couch. The recipient is naked but may be partially covered
with a towel over areas that are not receiving attention.
For people of modest stature, Indonesian massage therapists
have astonishing strength in their thumbs and elbows their
principal massage tool.
is a deep massage - very deep and is not for the faint hearted.
Even the stroking techniques are penetrating, using as they
do the heels of the palms and lots of body weight to push
deeply into the tissues.
Thumb kneading is used everywhere with Indonesian massage to give the ultimate muscle
fascia release. Manipulations using stretches, pulls and twists
are used to brilliant effect on the spine.
Is it suitable for everyone?
Except for those with the usual conditions that would contraindicate
any kind of massage this is wonderful therapy. Its appeal
might be limited, however for those who are very sensitive
to deep pressure pain.
What does it do for you?
Indonesian massage offers a powerhouse of techniques that
treat chronic and acute muscle and joint pain. It calms the
emotions, relaxes body and mind and really contributes to
the "feel good " factor. Headaches, sciatica and
insomnia are also treated.
- Traditional Indonesian Massage which includes Javanese
and Balinese massage and is similar to Ayurvedic massage dates back almost as far as Chinese and could be regarded
as the original holistic method.
- It is an amalgam of ancient therapeutic techniques whose
variety is endless.
- In Indonesian massage pushing techniques predominate,
working very deeply to ease muscle and joint pain.
- Unlike other oil based forms of massage, Indonesian techniques
are designed to give very deep stimulation to the soft tissues.
These techniques particularly affect the connective tissue
of the muscles - the myofascia and tendons. It is a highly
effective treatment for sports injuries.
- Oil is used for Indonesian Massage, which is strongly
therapeutic, and has a beneficial effect on the body's circulation
and lymphatic system by releasing it's regenerative and
self healing powers. Indonesian massage is performed on
a mat on the floor or on a massage couch or when seated
on a chair.