Balinese massage (Pijat Bali, Pidjet or Pitjit) is a traditional
Indonesian massage. Originally from the island of Bali, this massage
is a combination of techniques, including massage, acupressure,
massage performed with the feet, stretching, reflexology and aromatherapy
in the same session... from various cultures that the Balinese people have adapted to create their own unique style.
This style of massage combines influences from a number of
different cultures, including China, India, Java, Bali and Sweden.. In particular, it is
often linked to Ayurveda, an Indian holistic medical system which
emphasizes bringing the body into balance. There are a large number of techniques used in the Balinese Massage. Crabbing, Cat Squeeze, Palming, Skin Rolling, Thumb Circles, Effleurage, Knuckle Slides, Kneading, Wringing, Thumb Slide, Forearm Slide, Kecak, Thumb Walking, Chopping.
In Bali (along with many other Asian countries) massage is used for health and healing.
In Bali mother's will massage their children daily and adults will receive massage a few times per week.
This is because they know that massage helps the flow of Prana (or chi or energy) the life-force that runs throughout our beings and keeps us in perfect balance. When this energy becomes blocked or stuck then problems will arise in the body and also in the mind and emotions. To keep a perfect healthy balance, massage is essential.
Pijat (Pidjet) Techniques
Is the heating up of the skin by means of firmly rub and heat compresses (guest towel with warm water, possibly with ginger e / o cloves). Because of this will stimulate blood flow. Pain patches can balm or (cajeputi) of oil are used, it is pleasant to the muscles.
Connective Tissue massage
Here, the skin is rolled as it were loose, this can be sensitive. They will be a stimulus applied to the skin, it stimulates the nerve endings. Pain symptoms can reduce this. Deep tissue massage is applied only after the permission of the customer.
Massaging the scalp in favor of relaxation or reduce headaches. By massaging the scalp, and in a gentle way to firm to move its tufts reduced the tension in your head and promotes the blood circulation in your scalp. The face and ears are also massaged it. This is as relaxing experienced by many people.
The cupping is a type of therapy where suction cups are applied directly to the skin. By moving the bowl on your back, you get to speak space in your jacket. Creates a connective tissue massage. The cupping is given in some companies with a glass bowl which a flame is placed. Kaima for Well-Being prefers the plastic variety. More information about cupping can be found here.
This is a scraping technique, in Indonesia one uses a copper coin, but it could also be with a Guasha (stone) from China. Keroh is on the back, deployed in the lung area. The strong circulation may arise temporary red marks on the back.
Pidjet or Pijat is much stronger than a regular massage, but if treated, will then physically and mentally feel a lot better.
One difference of a Balinese massage with another type of massage is the energy or spirit of the massage. Most clients report that my hands are "on fire" as soon as they touch them. This is simply the energy being channeled and transferred.
A process of gentle stretching and acupressure is applied. These techniques immediately work on the Sen Lines (or meridians) which restore the flow of energy throughout the body. Pressing these points stimulate energy flow in the Sen, and release blockages or stagnation which results in pain in the body.
The hands are used to run along the body's energy meridians to "strip out" the bad, blocked energy. This is believed to be a highly effective healing method and the stronger and deeper the massage, the quicker the healing benefits will occur.
Still use the basic effleurage and kneading common with Swedish massage. The difference is in Balinese massage these techniques are performed very slowly (for deep relaxation) and very deep (to clear energy blockages). We then incorporate some traditional Balinese techniques which include in very technical Balinese terms "The Spider" and "The Kecak" (named after a traditional Balinese dance) and the Lomi-Lomi (traditionally used in Hawaii).
The Balinese massage is quite frequently prescribed for sports injuries, stiff and aching joints, easing migraine, headaches, insomnia, chronic and acute breathing conditions due to asthma or allergies, for boosting blood circulation and the lymphatic system, as well as alleviating stress and helping to ease anxiety and depression.
Balinese massage is good for treating:
- Stress - acupressure on pressure points, reflexology and simple Swedish massage strokes such as effleurage and petrissage helps in relieving stress within the body.
- Muscle pain - acupressure acts as a deep therapeutic massage technique which improves the condition of stiff muscle groups. The body benefits of being relieved from chronic and acute muscle pain. Gentle strokes also helps in stimulating and soothing muscle problems that causes various types of body pain.
- Sleep problems - Balinese massage improves the sleeping pattern of the client by calming the body and setting the mind in a good condition, thus allowing the proper sleeping pattern to occur.
- Anxiety and depression - nerve stimulation from the effleurage and reflexology sends messages to the brain thus manipulating the emotion to succumb to a better mental condition. Balinese massage is good in treating and removing anxiety as well as depression.
In essence this treatment is a rigorous, yet lavish, therapeutic treatment which aims to bring the body, mind and full synchronization of optimal health, well-being, tranquility and spiritual renewal, leaving you to savor the experience and its afterglow.
If you are in Madrid, Spain, you can experience the benefits of Traditional Balinese Massage (pitjit) by visiting:
Xiao Ying Massage Center, at Hermosilla Street, nº 102, 1º A. Telf... (+34) 686 57 60 91(+34) 686 57 60 91 Madrid.