We are pleased to announce 2 new sessions with our Balinese Healers this month. Pak Tirka’s Fivelements Taksu Massage blends intuitive bodywork with mantra invocation to bring the Taksu, the blessing from spirit, the gift from the heart.
Pak Gede brings us Danda Reflexology. With skillful use of a wooden massage stick, Gede focuses on reflex points of the hands and feet, activating healing where circulation is needed in the rest of the body. I was lucky enough to experience both of these sessions in one afternoon. I found myself in the best mood and lightest in my body I have felt in ages, nearly skipping out of the treatment room!
From mid-February I will be offering Dan Tien Rejuvenation, an essential treatment for detoxification of both the body and emotions. Most of us don’t realise how much tension we store in the abdomen, but just as our posture and mental tension can generate physical tension in the back and shoulders, chronic tension also occurs in the internal organs, especially when we avoid processing emotions. Dan Tien Rejuvenation, a combination of abdominal massage and energy healing, is one of the most important and effective treatments for detoxing the body because it improves circulation of blood, lymph, chi, at the same time helping to cleanse the digestive tract. We find that usually the second session begins to address deeper layers and access the emotions related to those tensions being released.
This month we are excited to share the work of Indonesian martial arts master Thomas Hija — Body to Breath Resilience Training.
Tommy makes a strong first impression. A burly figure with tattoos, I did not expect the gentleness and humour that emerged from him as we introduced ourselves.
As he shared his background in martial arts since his youth, his world travels, and teaching background, I could feel his dedication to the Indonesian martial art — Silat.
From Earth Hour on March 25th to Nyepi on March 28th, Fivelements celebrates accordingly
As lights dim and flicker off around the world, Fivelements Bali will be joining the celebrations in remembrance of our Earth’s innate wellbeing on March 25th.
The lights-off event calls for an extinguishing of manmade light in order to shine a natural light on climate action. From individuals and businesses to city landmarks, electricity-guzzling lights are switched off for a blissful hour, highlighting the natural nighttime darkness, quiet, rich and unpolluted.
As manmade lights disappear, at Fivelements we will be marking the occasion with activities that shine in the dark. Start your evening with a delicious dinner served riverside and created by our talented Sakti Dining Room™ team. At 8:30pm, a session of enlightenment via meditation surrounded by candles sets the scene of the evening. And the highlight, quite literally, of the evening will be a Fire Ceremony, led by our resident priest, allowing guests to be energized by the intensity and power of this ancient ritual, while setting an intention for the rest of the year.
by Susan Allen
“Saraswati is all that is good within. When I pray to Saraswati, I pray to knowledge itself for through knowledge and wisdom, I come to know my own goodness and the correct ways to act in life to promote harmony, love and peace.”
I Nyoman Setiawan, Mask Carver and Dancer
A Balinese Boreh is a centuries-old healing recipe of herbs and exotic spices traditionally used as a "body revival" in the form of a mask and scrub. “Bo” in Balinese means “ready”, and “reh” comes from the Balinese word for blood, ”rah”, so Boreh literally brings your body to life.
A new baby is always a time of great joy for a family. To celebrate this blessing, the Hindu tradition suggests a mantra should be chanted to your new baby in a beautiful and intimate ritual.
“Nicola’s extraordinary recovery was one of the many powerful
Balinese healing experiences that eventually inspired the making of Fivelements”
Chicco Tatriele, Co-founder, Fivelements
Nicola Martinengo, originally from Milan, has been a close friend of Chicco’s since the early 80s. He and a group of friends would visit Bali, and Chicco, every August. One year Nicola had a near-fatal motorbike accident, and the local healer who saved him changed his life forever.
Nicola tells his extraordinary story of Balinese healing…
I always loved Bali for its feeling of total freedom and the strong spiritual influence it had. It was a good place to heal my soul. This story happened my tenth summer there, and I loved the island even more afterwards.
“A few years ago, I remember meeting a man in Bali who told me that after 10 years living in Nepal and studying meditation under a more rigid style, he came to Bali, met Merta Ada and started practicing silent meditation together. After experiencing the programme, he found himself completely blown away realising that what was missing from his previous meditation studies was ‘the experience of self-Love.’
As surprising as it sounded, it hit me like a thunderbolt! I simply had to try this programme firsthand and when I did, I quickly understood what that man had meant. From then on, it became my mission to support this master meditation teacher, Merta Ada, and offer his self-healing Bali Usada Silent Meditation Retreat to a wider international audience at Fivelements. In particular, I envisioned participants coming from all over the world sharing a common thread – all living demanding lifestyles and in positions of influence or leadership (whether in the family or in business) and thus, able to effect positive change within their worlds with these teachings.
“A harmonious mind makes your body healthy, your mind peaceful and gives you happiness.”
Are you tempted by five days of blissful silence? Last year Lahra Tatriele joined Merta Ada’s silent retreat and emerged with new self-healing skills. “It is extraordinary,” she says. “I’d do it every year if I could.” She loved it so much she invited Merta Ada to lead the Bali Usada Silent Meditation Retreats at Fivelements. She explains what it is all about…
From the first night you follow noble silence, which lasts for five of the six retreat days. You’re not allowed a computer or phone, book, paper or pen. There’s nothing to read, write or say, and removing those three things is huge. You get to see yourself in a quiet way, without writing things down, without purging on someone else. It sounds die-hard but it’s actually not that difficult.