Asia is known to offer the best Eastern types of massage, especially in Thailand, China, India and Japan. But don’t leave out Indonesia in the list because this Muslim nation also offers unique Indonesia-brand massages in the island of Lombok. In addition to the therapeutic benefits you shall get from the kneading of aching and worn-out muscles, you will definitely enjoy massage in Lombok because it is one of the most exotic and pristine islands in Indonesia, setting a perfect setting for a relaxing activity.
Indonesia is a Southeast Asian archipelago, consisting of more than 13,000 islands widely spread from Thailand and Malaysia down to Australia. Many of its islands are right on the equator, which makes this country very hot and humid. The island of Lombok is just a couple of hundred meters south of the equator. Indonesia is the largest Muslim nation in the world, and therefore it is a conservative nation as a whole.
Lombok, although slowly rising as a major tourist attraction in south-central Indonesia, is very conservative compared to its sister island, the island of Bali. Bali is more exposed to international tourism since more travelers come here. Locals in Lombok are Muslims and very covered up in the way they dress. Even as the natives go for a swim in their amazing beaches, they are fully clothed. Local women swim in dresses, sometimes with headgear, while the men are in full length pants. Western tourists swimming or sunbathing in revealing bikinis are frowned at.
The favorite hangout of tourists and expats is the township of Senggigi. Most hotels, resorts, restaurants, bars and other entertainment facilities such as spas and massage parlors are found here. These massage centers offer unique styles of Oriental massages that are sure to relax your muscles from a whole day of fun under the sun and water.
The most common kinds of traditional massage offered are Sasak massage, Lombok massage, Urat massage, and Balinese massage. They are characterized by long strokes, plenty of stretching, acupressure, skin rolling, and pressure techniques using the palm and thumb. Accompanied by aromatherapy, these techniques are very similar to Ayurvedic (Indian) healing massage, the goal of which is to improve your blood flow and enhance your “qi” or center of energy. An hour-long massage can definitely calm your senses and relax your entire system. It is not for everyone, however. People who have just undergone surgery, people with high blood pressure, people with heart problems, and pregnant women should avoid getting a massage.
Balinese massage is quite distinct because it makes use of ground spices as massage lotion. This was traditionally used by Balinese farmers to soothe muscle pains after a tough day working in the farm. Another kind of massage is the Javanese Lulur Ritual, a specialized massage traditionally performed only on would-be brides.
There is a big Balinese influence on the Sasaks, native people in Lombok, because ancient Balinese have migrated to this nearby island. They have built ancient temples and buildings, and pretty much populated their new-found land. Until today, there is a huge presence of the Balinese in Lombok. Bali and Lombok are only 45 kilometers apart.
To get that much needed and deserved massage in Lombok, check out Mandara Spa, Club Area Spa, Amoaras Spa or Hotel Vila Ombak. These are some of the best places for your massage needs.