Although spas have existed since Roman times, it is only recently that the “spa experience” has become affordable and popular with the masses as people associate spa treatments as part of a holistic approach towards healthy living. People are becoming more aware of the rejuvenating powers of these treatments and are using them to look good, feel good and rejuvenate their souls. Today the spa philosophy is moving towards a preventive and pampering approach for their clients. The experience is not focused so much on self indulgence as a spiritual, harmonious and natural treatment for the body. A balance between inner and outer beauty is back in vogue and the Indonesian spa experience helps to gain this harmony. Fragrant Wraps Aromatherapy Oils Floral baths are often considered a highlight of the Indonesian spa visit. A bathtub of warm water is prepared with petals of jasmine, gardenia, hibiscus, and rose. These flower petals are chosen not only for the fragrance that they give off but also for their rich colors. Normally the floral bath is not offered as a treatment by itself, but as a finale to a spa session. It is used to savor the cleansing experience and relax for an additional 20 minutes. Herbal wraps are often used for their healing qualities as well as the smoothing effects they have on the skin. An herbal wrap is used to draw out impurities from the body and heal any blemishes on the skin’s surface. Often herbal wraps use mud as a base and the mud is then combined with milk, turmeric, herbs, and sesame oil which gives off a wonderful smell as it is applied to the skin. The color of the wrap paste depends on the original color of the mud that is used as the base. After the paste is applied to the skin, the body is wrapped in a plastic sheet and the topped with hot towels. The body is then allowed to perspire for 20 minutes allowing the mud paste to extract any impurities.
The mud is then showered off leaving the skin smooth and satiny to the touch. Normally there is no need for moisturizing after this treatment. Also the traditional spice/herb-infused mud can be used to scrub the skin; this mud scrub serves as an exfoliant and to give a fresh and glowing look to your skin.