After a tiring tour from one famous Yogyakarta landmark to another, the best way to end your day is to get a soothing reflexology massage. It is like icing on a cake. A reflexology massage in Yogyakarta sounds perfect since this city is so mystical and exotic that you would want to dive into a kind of deep relaxation that only Eastern-style therapy can provide.
Yogyakarta is one of the oldest and most intriguing cities in Central Java, Indonesia, and this is why a good number of foreign tourists come here to check it out. It dates all the way back to 732 AD and is the earliest known kingdom in this part of Indonesia. This ancient city is the seat of Javanese culture and arts. The city comes alive with Wayang Kulit (traditional Javanese puppet theater) and the Gamelan (traditional Javanese music and dance). Yogyakarta’s main museum, the Sonobudoyo Museum, founded in 1935, displays ancient bronze relics, bells, batiks, puppets and masks as proof of the city’s ancestry. Modern science does have proof that people lived in this part of the world during prehistoric times. Remember Java Man?
Going back to reflexology, massage, spa and all other sorts of Asian therapeutic treatments, you should know that Yogyakarta is teeming with massage parlors and reflexology centers. Tourists must be prudent, though, especially Western tourists, because there are a number of massage parlors that are actually adult entertainment centers. Sex centers disguised as massage rooms are common in many Southeast Asian cities.
Reflexology massage specifically focuses on the feet. This kind of massage is widely available all over Yogyakarta including the popular Malioboro Street, the shopping mecca of Central Java. Foot massage is believed by many to have a good many positive health benefits. There are also several spas and treatment centers in the city that offer beauty treatments, Ayurvedic (Indian) healing, or simply the chance to take a good rest, which is rare to get in a bustling city as Yogyakarta. Most of these treatment centers are located within or around hotels and resorts. Also popular are Yogyakarta dry massage and “lulut”, a kind of body scrub that only the Royal Family got to enjoy in ancient times.
To expats and western tourists, spa and massage in Yogyakarta is quite a treat since they are significantly cheaper here than in the United States or Europe. Expats hit massage centers on a regular basis. The most popular centers are the Hyatt Regency Jogja Spa, Javana Spa (offering traditional Indonesian-style massage) and Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa located within Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta. The unique style of Indonesian massage such as that offered in Javana Spa involves deep and hard tissue kneading that aims to help release tension and pain.
Also popular among expats are Martha Tilaar on Cendrawasih Street and Losari Spa Retreat & Coffee Plantation. These two treatment centers use the relaxing traditional herbal concoction called “jamu”.
Whether it is inside an expensive hotel or the cheaper parlors across the street, and whether it follows Indonesian style, lulut, or reflexology massage in Yogyakarta, tourists must make it a point to take that restful break after enjoying the many mystical and engaging sights in the city.