If you need to go find yourself on your next trip, a visit to a healer in Bali might just be what the doctor ordered. Known for mending broken hearts, quieting chronic pain and relieving stress, healers are becoming increasingly popular thanks to the rise of holistic wellness trends. The list of Balinese healers (Balians) and foreign practitioners below have been tried and tested by Compare Retreats network of experts in the wellness world and are gifted at helping clients overcome obstacles and let go of baggage holding them back. Being open-minded to the possibility of being healed is a prerequisite for visiting a healer so ensure you pack that in your suitcase before you board your flight.
Pak Man Arya Dunung
Balian Pak Man’s reputation has travelled worldwide, making him one of the go-to healers in Bali. When visiting a Balian, it’s essential to abide by some cultural rules such as dressing modestly by covering your shoulders and legs, never putting money into the healer’s hands and if you’re female ensuring it’s not that time of the month. Pak Man Arya Dunung’s wife is British and acts as a translator for visiting tourists. A short conversation followed by an hour-long vigorous (and often painful) massage to remove blockages is included in each session. He often puts a herbal paste on patients gums and finishes with a little bit of bodywork to open your heart.
Jl. Tirta Tawar No.12, Petulu, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia | +62 813-3893-5369
If you ask a local in Bali about a healer, chances are you’ll be directed straight to Cokorda Rai in Ubud. People come from all over the world to see him and you may need to wait in line for your turn. He uses a combination of pressure-point work using small sticks and Reiki during treatments that range from 10-15 minutes. He starts off by asking you what is wrong or if anything hurts and then assesses your body, focusing on the painful points while explaining why each point hurts. You’ll walk away with clear advice on how you can address the discomfort, stress or pain you’re having from the inside out.
Jl. Raya Singapadu, Singapadu Tengah, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia
Tourists seeking out healers in Bali are sure to come accross Ibu Jero, a fifth-generation healer and high priestess who will help you eliminate emotional baggage to leave you feeling light and optimistic. She specialises in one-on-one sessions and group ceremonies at picturesque locations around Bali. During individual sessions, she uses Reiki to draw out negative thoughts and past problems from your body into her body and then burps them out through her mouth. She guides clients through a light meditation while you think about different problems and locates pressure points to release negative thoughts. She’s very open to questions after the session and because the visit includes a trip to caves or waterfalls it’s a favourite for photographers.
Jimmy Doyle is an Australian based in North Kuta near the southern tip of the island, and one of the best foreign healers in Bali. Relaxed and discreet, Jim has a gift for eliminating blocked areas of the body. Different sides of your body are related to feminine and masculine energy, so he might help to rebalance your energy or pinpoint different areas and press on them to relieve pain. Mantras are part of the session and he may ask you to repeat mantras after him so you can heal yourself too. You’ll probably be surprised at what Jim will focus on during your session because it will usually be something that is quite significant, but you may not want to address, such as moving forward into a new chapter of your life, letting go of something from the past, or a negative preconception you have about yourself. Sessions usually last an hour and are done in a villa on a traditional massage bed.
Popular natural-intuitive Jelila offers an extensive menu of healing treatments that includes Chakra, energy, crystal, sound and past-life treatments. Despite it being frowned upon to market your services as a healer, a number of outstanding TripAdvisor reviews prompted her to start a website to deal with demand. Her signature two-hour sessions are the most popular and perfect if it’s your first visit. Crystals, singing, bodywork and past-life clearing to release sub-conscious blocks, plus anything she thinks will help you to heal are included in the treatment. Be ready for an unusual experience in her eclectic home before you book your appointment. Jelila’s website also caters to overseas clients who can make Skype appointments if they can’t make it abroad to see healers in Bali.
Jl. Hanoman No 43, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia | +62 8585 732 6822 | Skype: JELILA2255 | [email protected]