Jul 20 2012
Reborn Reflexology has a chain of 20 outlets in Malaysia, and just a single operation in Bali located near Simpang Siur. This is not the prettiest spa I have ever been to; in fact it leans towards tacky in decor – think fake plants and office-type carpets up the stairs. Nevertheless, news of their therapeutic massages and half-price special for treatments from 10:00 to 14:00 lured us to give it a go.
After having a foot wash, I was lead up a dingy staircase to a row of treatment cubicles – therapy tables surrounded by wine-coloured curtains, not unlike those around a hospital bed. After being presented with those awful disposable undies and a sarong in the name of modesty, I was left alone for a minute to get undressed and await what was to come, lying in near complete darkness.
I selected a Tui Na therapeutic massage (180,000 for two hours, but half this during the special hours), which apparently means ‘push rub’ and applies the principles of acupressure to bring the body back into balance as well as heal chronic conditions – in my case: bad circulation as well as extreme tension in neck and shoulders, brought on by a bad habit of writing reviews while sitting cross-legged on my bed, leaning over a laptop.
To say that this was the least relaxing massage I have endured experienced is an understatement. It was painful from start to finish, all two hours of it. Andi, my male therapist, was not afraid to apply as much pressure as needed to rid those writer’s-cramp knots in the neck. The Tui Na technique also brought on an unusual pins-and-needles sensation to limbs, an obvious sign that circulation was improving — no pain, no gain as they say. As this is a full body massage, those who are shy should request a female therapist; this choice is offered prior to treatment.
Ms Travelfish, who accompanied me to the spa (and who suggested this torture treatment — thanks [ed: you're welcome!]) chose a two-hour foot reflexology with head and shoulder massage. She felt it was worth the discounted midday rate — 50% of 160,000 rupiah — but wasn’t keen on the dated decor in the reflexology room and found the treatment decent but not amazing.
After our treatments, we were presented with warm ginger tea and fresh fruit on plastic crockery.
Other treatments on offer include children’s reflexology, ear candling, ba guan (cupping) as well as Shiatsu.
Is this spa worth a visit? If you are staying in the Kuta area, and want a longer massage, at budget rates, take advantage of the special offer. In general, however, we’re big fans of next door’s Cozy, which is also budget and slightly shabby but offers really great treatments (particularly the “Scalp Sensation”). Those who want something a bit more special would do better to try the good-value packages at Sicilia Spa, which isn’t luxurious but also has great prices.
Foot reflexology 60 minutes: 84 000 rupiah
Body massage 60 minutes: 98 000 rupiah
These are the advertised rates – take off 50% from 10:00 to 14:00
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