chilltime - Volume 2 Number 12 : September 2011
A Relaxing Balinese Massage in Kemang
Holiday island treatments now locally available
One of the oldest and simplest forms of therapy, massage is believed to help relieve stress by relaxing muscles and improving blood circulation. Among the many varieties of Indonesian massage techniques, Balinese massage is perhaps the most popular, combining gentle kneading of muscles, acupressure and aromatherapy to relax the body.
At Jemariku Spa, you can enjoy a Balinese massage right in the heart of Kemang. Owner Shela Panduresa, 23, opened the spa in 2009 with seven other partners.
“We see Kemang as the Bali of Jakarta. A Balinese style spa is a perfect addition to the neighborhood,” said Shela.
Jemariku has 12 therapists who were trained under the guidance of a Balinese massage therapist from Bali Tangi, a famous franchise spa. All the massage oils, aromatherapy oils and scrubs are brought exclusively from Bali Tangi.
The spa’s 10 female therapists and two male therapists have more than 300 hours of training and are all very experienced, said Shela.
Jemariku offers three types of massages — full body, back and shoulder and reflexology — that are packaged in nine types of treatments: foot massage, back and shoulder, relaxing reflexology, therapeutic reflexology, full body relaxing massage, full body aromatic massage, full body Balinese massage, special massage and body scrub. Each session lasts between one to one and a half hours with prices that range from Rp 65,000 to Rp 175,000.
“Your therapist will use deep pressure during the massage to work on knotted tissue and tense muscle. you will be massaged in long, gentle strokes and kneading to improve blood circulation and relieve tension,” Shela explained. “At the end of the massage, a scented oil will be poured on your body to give a sense of relaxation. It’s the combination of the massage technique and aromatherapy that will leave you feeling utterly relaxed and refreshed.”
Three kinds of aromatherapy oils are used at Jemariku: coffee, chocolate and a traditional ointment called parem kocok, all of which bring a warm sensation on the body.
“Aromatherapy is essential in Balinese massage. The use of aromatherapy oils is very therapeutic as the smell will stimulate your body’s circulation,” Shela said.
Jemariku’s interior was designed to resemble a traditional Balinese spa, with decorative items from Bali that were hand-picked by Shela and her partners.
“Many of our customers are expatriates who have enjoyed Balinese massage in five-star hotels or spas in Bali. They are familiar with the treatment and are happy to be able to enjoy Balinese massage right here in Jakarta.”
There are six massage rooms and four reflexology chairs. While the rooms are not very spacious, they are cozy and comfortable with hints of natural scents and soft, soothing music to promote relaxation.
Jemariku also offers home service that lets you enjoy massages in the comfort of your own home. Therapists will also pay house calls to areas near Kemang, such as Cipete or Pejaten.
“If you want a massage but are discouraged to leave your home because of the traffic, our home service massage is a good option,” said Shela. Patricia Ivana
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