When the movie Eat Pray Love, starring Julia Roberts, was released in 2010 it helped introduced and increased tourists’ interest in getting “healed” by a Balinese healer, referred to as Balian or Shaman. Balinese with its deep-rooted culture has a variety of healing approaches from massages, meditation, palm reading, and spiritual healing. Keep an open mind before trying it out and here are a selected few healing activities we’ve picked out for you.
1. Balinese Healing with Ibu Jero at Anantara Uluwatu
This cliffside resort is well-known for its unparalleled view of the Indian Ocean and mesmerizing Bali sunset. One of the resort’s wellness programs is Balinese Healing with High Priestess, Ibu Jero. This program combines traditional therapy with the wisdom of both Asian and Western ideology. A native Balinese, Ibu Jero is fifth in a long line of healers and brings her extensive knowledge, also experience of her ancestors to allow on enlightening work. Being only one of a few High Priestess in Bali, her powers are rare, she offers a channel between the spiritual and our physical self. Her journey to being a High Priestess called to her many years ago following a life-threatening experience.
Available for personal, couple sessions or group ceremonies, including a bathing experience in one of Bali’s sacred springs, called Melukat. During the Melukat ceremony, negativity is washed away in the holy springs of an ancient temple. Romantic intentions can be set for couples through her sunset healing that includes Shamanic expertise and s recitation to bring togetherness. A pilgrimage to sacred Sudamala Temple in Bangli is a highlight for an extensive temple offering and divine cleansing.
2. Awakening the Chakra at Apurva Kempinski Bali
After long-awaited years, this majestic resort finally opens its doors to travelers from around the globe earlier this year. And they certainly are very serious of the comfort of their guests with enhanced programs such as their Awakening the Chakra program. Rediscover your inner-self during the day of silence or Nyepi which falls on 25 March. During the sacred day, the island goes into complete silence, a perfect moment for self-reflection and meditation. Nyepi or Silent Day itself consists of four rituals of no fire or light, no working, no traveling, and no self-entertainment, and thus encouraging people to meditate.
The program begins with a Melukat ceremony, a purification ritual with water as the main medium to cleanse the physical, emotional and spiritual state led by Balinese Priest. Incorporating specific yoga poses that help chakra alignment and breath control is the next step of the program. The experience then completed with sunrise yoga and meditation, closing the journey with the indigenous breakfast of nasi yasa and Balinese coffee. This 3-day extensive program is currently only available for Nyepi day; however, you may still enjoy the program throughout the year with a 2-hour duration.
3. Visesa Balinese Healing & Spa at Desa Visesa
This culturally authentic resort in Ubud is surrounded by terraced rice fields, lush tropical gardens, and jungle, giving the traveler a diverse kind of holiday experience where ancient traditions and practices are combined seamlessly with the many luxury conveniences. Their Visesa Balinese Healing & Spa is even more special, an extraordinary place to get pampered while enjoying a holistic healing experience. Its philosophy is based on Usada principles, a traditional knowledge for curing ailments with Ayurvedic medicinal plants, herbs, and spices.
Offering blissful treatments with attention and care while experiencing a private consultation with a renowned Balinese healer or Balian that draws power from nature or spirits, through reading your palm and element to suggest the perfect treatment for you. Another unique experience is their cave treatment, Panca Bandawarta Manunggal where five caves with views of the lush jungle are set as mystical places to indulge. The spaces are inspired by Hindu philosophy of the five elements; fire (teja), Earth (pertiwi), water (apah), air (bayu), and space (akasa), featuring rituals that aim to balance energy level to reduce stress and deep relaxation.
By: Icha Annisa