A small spa on Jalan Goutama in the heart of Ubud, Bali: from the outside just another massage and spa in Ubud; but step inside and you’re instantly whisked away to a relaxing paradise, met with the citrus,fresh smell of lemongrass, tranquil music, and friendly staff. Water cascades, flowers lace the stair and draping white curtains create the perfect ambiance for that ultimate ‘me-time’ treat. With a wide selection of treatments to choose from: massage, facial, pedicure to waxing you’ll be hard pressed to narrow it down to just one. Skin also offers package deals: a selection of treatments at a reduced rate; enabling a whole morning or afternoon of pampering and pruning.
I plumped for the one and a half hour signature skin massage, which uses the traditional Balinese massage technique of acupressure: applying physical pressure with the hands to areas of tension, alongside strong, fluid movement and stretching, plus the application of essential oils, in this instance: virgin coconut oil, sweet almond and vitamin E. All ingredients used here are organic and of high quality; and it is pristinely clean. It’s the perfect blend of relaxing and releasing.
Each treatment begins with a ginger tea, followed by a foot bath in a bowl of beautiful flower petals. At your tranquil private massage booth, your masseuse will make you feel completely at ease; explaining the process of the massage and asking for your preferred level of pressure. Once you are completely relaxed, you can melt away and let your masseuse work their magic; working up from the feet to the top of the head and face. You will leave feeling free and easy, the body renewed through restoring that healthy balance and flow of prana through the body.
This is an ideal way to unwind after a long day in the yoga studio and relieve any aches and pains built up during the week. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.