How to have a happy ending…

how-to-have-a-happy-endingI am a sucker for a massage so it was with great fiscal delight that I realised that massages are are ridiculously cheap in Bali. I’m talking as little as 60,000 rupiah (about AUD$6) for one hour of blissful laziness.

I went for a massage every second day, meaning that by the end of my ten day trip, I was really, really, really relaxed.

If you’re heading over to Bali, here are some tips for having a good massage experience:

  1. Don’t go too cheap. The massage will still be good but the oil will smell stale, the therapists will seem harassed and the towels will be of questionable cleanliness and vintage. I just kept thinking, ‘Hepatitis! Hepatitis!’ which is not so relaxing.
  2. Follow the French people. They are very discerning (read: snobby) so if a spa is overrun with Frenchies, you are in safe hands.
  3. Stick to Balinese massage. I tried Lomi Lomi and it was excruciating. I have had this style of massage before and it’s not supposed to cripple you.
  4. Tip the therapist directly; not when you go to pay. These girls (and they are always girls) get paid a pittance and work up to 12 hours a day. If you have seen some of the gross tourists they have to touch, you would understand that this is not an easy way to earn a living.

Where are the best massages in the world? I would love to know what you think…

5 Responses to “How to have a happy ending…”
  1. Blond Duck says:

    I’m glad you liked Lorraine’s interview! I hope you come by the Pond again. And I saw your post on Austin, TX–that’s my hometown!

  2. Elly says:

    I think another valuable tip Em would be – If the massage girls are wearing mini skirts – be warned you might be in for a little more than you bargained for. I had a rather unfortunate experience at a place on King St in Newtown. I learnt that lesson the hard way.

  3. admin says:

    Hi Blond Duck! Wow – that is quite a pond you’ve got there. I loved Austin. I just wish we’d ‘met’ earlier.

  4. anka hecimovic says:

    Wow, these tales of adventure are inspiring to say the least. So fortunate to share in your fun, excitements and discoveries….sounds to me like you have even more reasons to travel off , holiday and explore
    …do so try WA…our country is vastly arrayed with such beauty and pleasures….you’ll love it.
    Oh by the way, nana glen is DIVINE!!!!

  5. Pattaya says:

    Very interesting info. I was searching the web and finally I found Your blog. Regards.

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