Living on an exotic island which boasts about as many spas as it does bars, it would be safe to say I have had more than my fair share of massages (and cocktails for that matter, but that’s a different story…). From fluffy, fairy like touches that have left me utterly frustrated to excruciating ‘ouchie mama’ moments, the aftermath of which I felt like I’d gone a round with Mike Tyson, there have been a multitude of masseuses with varying degrees of finesse and success!
I thought I had it narrowed down to a finite list of my affordable faves until yesterday. After listening to friends and gym acquaintances repeatedly sing the praises of Putu Soreada, Body Temple Spa’s relatively new addition to their team of expert masseuses, I decided to see if he could do anything about my niggling neck pain – something that previous therapists had failed to fix.
Putu, originally from Singaraja, hails from a long line of healers whose skills of sensory touch have been handed down through the generations. Realising he possessed a knack for healing but wanting to discover why, Putu embarked on a series of training courses to hone his natural gift and find out more about human physiology, anatomy and how to heal it! “Once you understand the human body, the rest just somehow makes sense,” he smiles. (Well, maybe for you Putu!)
After several training courses and certification with CIBTAC (Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology) along with numerous years of experience at spas around the island, Putu developed his own unique massage style that is achieving great results! Using a combination of methods, he works his magic through thumb and palm movements, stretching and acupressure, activating the relevant pressure points in order to release toxin build up and relieve areas of pain. He most certainly understands the power of touch and emphasises that hours of yoga and meditation has been vital for facilitating further development of his skills in order to identify what each individual requires in terms of his healing hands.
Starting slowly from my feet and picking a few well placed points to apply pressure, Putu was immediately able to identify the problem areas of my shoulders and my neck, and my knees! Movements are sure and smooth with adequate pressure to ensure efficacy without absolute agony. I’ll admit, it’s not necessarily one of those massages where its so relaxing you fade off to fairyland only to find your face in a pool of drool at the end, but I can guarantee you will feel fantastic when it’s finished.
A minimum of one and a half hours is necessary for Putu to complete a treatment and I’ll wager you’ll be wishing it was even longer when your massage comes to an end! Thanks to just one of this masseuse master’s therapy sessions, I can turn my head further to the right than I have been able to do for a year! Clearly there’s no such thing as a quick cure and he won’t be able to heal every ailment in one sitting, but if that’s what ninety minutes can achieve, I’m signing up for more for sure!
Contact Body Temple Spa at The Canggu Club for a treatment today and remember you do not need to be a member or purchase a day pass to take full advantage of their huge range of spa services. Simply call for an appointment on:
+62 361 8483939 or +62 361 4741019 or see the staff at Canggu Club reception.
Stay tuned for more information about some exciting developments in Sports Massage Therapies coming soon to The Canggu Club.
Body Temple Spa. Located at Canggu Club.
Jalan Canggu Club, Canggu. No Day Pass Required.