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Foot Reflexology in Bali  

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Due to its transient nature, Bali has always been fairly quick to embrace different healing practices. Some treatments have been around for centuries, while others are based on modern wellness beliefs. There is a growing interest globally in alternative therapies that nurture the body, mind and spirit. Most international travellers are familiar with traditional Balinese massage, but now foot massage seems to have made an impact on the island in major tourist areas.


Reflexology is a compression massage technique whereby zones and reflex points in the feet correspond with specific glands and organs within the body. Correct stimulation of the reflex points can alleviate many health problems without the use of medicine. Reflexology stimulates nerves to optimize blood circulation. It is also believed to strengthen the immune system as well as revitalize and maintain a healthy equilibrium between the mind and body.

Directly under the skin there is a network of nerve endings which receive and pass impulses to and from the body organs. The feet are considered an intricate map to the entire body. Reflexology is performed by using intense thumb and finger pressure the various reflex points on the foot. This is a stress reducing experience that enhances the flow of oxygen to blood cell, thus increasing the body’s energy levels.

Reflexology dates back 4000 years and was practiced exclusively by ancient Chinese, Egyptian and Indian cultures. It is believed that this technique spread to other parts of the world from Egypt during the reign of the Roman Empire. Today foot reflexology is particularly popular in South East Asian nations that have long accepted the traditions of natural healing.


In Bali, foot reflexology is available in most hotel spas and healing centres. Foot reflexology is often a prelude to an extended beauty package and involves a flower foot bath and stimulating massage with aromatic oil. As an alternative to visiting a spa facility, a number of low budget foot reflexology salons now line the streets of Kuta and Sanur. Prices start from as low as Rp 30,000 per session and subtle benefits can be felt after several sessions.

If you are planning to travel to Bali in the near future, an hour long session of foot reflexology is an inexpensive indulgence that will leave you feeling totally relaxed. However, it is important to remember that reflexology therapists are not medically trained to diagnose health conditions.

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