One of the highlights of Tugu has got to be the Waroeng Djamoe Spa. For centuries the people of Java, the Peranakan, and the people of Bali have been adhering to their authentic indigenous health treatments that we now call “spa”.
These traditions combined aspects of spirituality with the physical healing arts to achieve the ultimate in mind, body and soul harmony to enhance total deep relaxation. For the higher castes a certain ambience was created, some called it ‘magic’ whereby the secluded atmosphere and the ministrations of the healer would bring a kind of hypnosis on the patient and it would send them into a state of peacefulness.
Healers, knowing much about the power of nature, its affect on our sense of smell, the ability of its colors to elevate or soothe the mind, used ‘magical’ flowers to create the atmosphere of the treatment rooms.
These flowers, Frangipani, Tropical Magnolia, Rose, Jasmine, and Ylang Ylang are believed to be the flowers of the supreme deities. Incense, or ‘dupa’ as it is called, also has magical properties, certain of which are used at specific times and for specific purposes. The Çiva, called ‘kemenyan’ is believed to have a powerful effect on the soul when burnt under an old banyan tree on a Thursday evening.
And we had the opportunity to experience these secrets of the ancient mystical East.
Our choice of treatment was the Moonlight experience which started off with a washing of the feet in the sea and an offering being made on our behalf. Then it was back to the spa and the massage that followed can only be described as magical. Hubby fell asleep and had to be woken up to turn over. But it was not only the massage and the soothing music, it was the entire setting, with gardens all around and outdoor baths, koi ponds and beautiful flowers everywhere the scene was set for what I can only call ‘peace’. After the traditional Balinese massage it was a milk bath in one of the large outdoor baths and we both wanted to stay amongst the flowers and in the natural breeze for just a little longer. What followed was a blessing by our therapist where we had to eat a bit of raw rice and had a few grains placed on our foreheads. A sprinkling of water on our faces later and we were done.
So relaxing was the experience that the beach walk we had planned was delayed while we just basked in the aftermath and lazed about on our balcony.