Ever wanted your very own Eat, Pray, Love moment but don’t know where to start? Here we find out about 5 different experiences with Balinese healers.
One of the wonderful things about Bali is its deep culture, and one aspect of this that has been publicised plenty over the years [mainly thanks to the Hollywood film Eat, Pray, Love] is the Balinese use of traditional healers. The local communities often shun western therapies, believing that the authentic way to cure physical and mental illness is through the use of natural herbs and spices, holistic therapies and ancient wisdom.
One person who knows a thing of two about healing the body and mind is Bali resident, Bec Weeden. Bec, a Nutrition, Health and Lifestyle Coach, yoga teacher and owner of IN2URLIFE Bali retreat, has always been open to alternate therapies of healing, and having visited Bali for over 10 years, she has had her fair share of experiences with Balinese healers. Here she gives us an overview of the different types of Balinese healing methods you can try, including palm readings, massages and sound meditation.
Balinese Medicine Man: Cokorda Rai
“You visit Cokordas in his home just outside of Ubud [ask your local driver for directions and details on Cokorda’s address and ensure you get there early (9am) to avoid crowds], and the sessions last for approx. 10-15 minutes. You can be there with anywhere up to 20 people at a time – he is a popular man!.
Using a combination of pressure point techniques [similar to Reiki], he assesses your body and clearly tells you what he sees is wrong. He offers you ways to overcome your pains/issues and clears any pain, discomforts and stress you have in your body.
I left feeling like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders and he has been very accurate with what ailments he told me to look into and address. I wouldn’t go as far as saying he can cure you but he definitely has an amazing ability to identify what is happening in your body and with your emotions, and ways to address them.”
Cokorda Rai charges 300,000 IDR minimum (working on a donation-based philosophy)
Balinese Palm Reader: Agus
“Agus is famous for his exceptionally long finger nails [something that completely freaked me out before going to see him, I’ll be honest!], but his skill for palm reading is what makes him truly fascinating.
When you arrive, you will be greeted by a brightly coloured home with a beautiful garden setting. Agus will sit you down and read your body, telling you things about yourself, before going on to read your palm. He explains everything he sees and asks you questions throughout.
Agus could read my personality well, and he gave me some guidance on relationship decisions and choices I needed to make, allowing me to make positive changes in my life. It was a good experience and one I would recommend to anyone in Bali, but remember to take everything that is said with a pinch of salt – like many psychic readings, many things can be general and you can also self-shape the outcome of many things discussed.”
Agus Palm Reader charges IDR 400,000.
Balinese Energy Healing: Ibu Jero
“Located in Jimbaran, Ibu Jero offers a unique energy healing experience unlike any other. She is known as a Balinese High Priestess and is a descendant of five healers before her. Ibu focuses on one-on-one healing sessions or can facilitate group ceremonies at local healing waterfalls and cave locations throughout Bali.
In a one-on-one session, Ibu uses Reiki-type energy healing to bring out past issues and emotional baggage – she literally draws the bad energy from your body and burps as it draws from your body through her hands, throughout her body and out her mouth! During this time, you are in a meditative state that she guides you into, and during this you will think about past experiences, family members or relationships. Ibu has the ability to instantly pin point a pressure point on your body that will be holding immense tension and will assist you in releasing this, sometimes bringing you to tears uncontrollably.
It is a positive experience and can be one that is deeply emotional for some, however, like all healing experiences, we all hold onto different things and at different times allow our bodies to release them. Ibu allows you to ask questions at the end of her session and will talk you through what she has uncovered and what she feels is best for you to let go of anything negative you may be holding onto to move forwards.”
Ibu Jero charges IDR 1,000,000 minimum.
Sound Healing: Shervin
“Run by Shervin and his talented team of instrumentalists, you will embark on a 2-hour sound healing journey like no other! You will be asked to settle on the floor of the yoga shala in a very casual setting, made comfortable by bolsters, blankets and pillows. Shervin starts by bringing you into a meditative state combined with the use of over 40 different instruments. As you lay, you begin to feel the vibrational energy of each instrument throughout your body, while any tension and stress [and for some, pain] completely melts away. It really does offer a unique and deep meditative release that you can feel for days after.”
Sound Healing Bali prices vary between group and individual sessions.
Balinese Massage Healing: Bali Chy Healing
“Located in Canggu on the west coast of Bali, Sami at Bali Chy Healing specialises in a Balinese healing massage. Similar to a deep tissue massage, he uses intuitive and holistic diagnostics to identify parts of the body that are holding pain and tension. It can hurt [depending on what is happening in your body] but it is definitely tolerable. He combines reflexology, acupressure, reiki, chakra-balancing and energy cleansing to eliminate bad energy and tension that has built up, and later develops a treatment plan for you. I highly recommend this treatment if you are experiencing muscle pains and/or emotional tension.”
Bali Chy Healing charges IDR 750,000.
So, whether you want your palms read, your body healed by sound or your mind guided into a deep meditative state, we have no doubt that Balinese healing is something everyone should try. Before you embark on one, always maintain a high level of respect for the Balinese customs and ensure you ask the locals/drivers at the time of your session to double check and clarify the prices, offerings and dress code before attending.
Follow Bec Weeden on Instagram @in2urlife.