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“Ayuryoga massage”

Kush Ayurvedic Rejuvenation
Ranked #207 of 251 Spas & Wellness in Ubud
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

Last year been here for their balancing ayuryoga massage,the place(yoga barn)is big,but for the massage area,it is not very big,most area here are reserved for yoga class,and it is a bit hard to reach KUSH,but it is ok for me,cuz if you are confused,then go ask somebody else,staffs here are friendly.i reach there without difficulty.my therapist Gede was very skillful,the massage really enjoyed and relieved(I almost fell asleep)his pressure was strong,but you can ask him to give you more gentle touch,cuz i love stronger massage,it is ok for me.frankly speaking, the massage room not big enough,but the massage itself was great,so worth the money!

Thank Raymondale
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Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Yoga barn massage - Kush Ryurvedic rejuvenation

1st impressions not that great.

You pay at reception and get told where to go not taken to your massage room. End of the world? Not really. Nonetheless to get to where you need to go is not easy to find either so maybe for some it might not be a good 1st impression.

When I finally found the massage reception (Kush) there was no one there just a sign saying Staff Only. Kush guest Only and Whisper Zone. I think they had taken Zen to another level.

Eventually someone spotted me. Horah. A lovely 7 month pregnant lady, no way was she my masseuse. Anyway I was lead to a spot to have some tea and a mini foot bath (which was nice) then to my massage room. Lord have mercy the lovely pregnant lady was my masseuse.

I was asked to strip then to put on the ever so sexy net pants of course in privacy.

My massage then took place in a dimly lit room. Was it an Ayuveda massage. Well I've had an Ayuveda massage before and it wasn't the same.

Was I impressed, No. would I have another, No. Was I peed of that it wasn't great, No.

You win some, you looses some that's what I've learnt in Bali, besides I was paying IDR and not British Sterling.

After the massage I was offered more tea however because the location is in practically in the middle of the jungle there were Mosquitoes everywhere and I was getting bit left right and centre.

Before I got out of there I was bitten at least 8 times. Bear that in mind if you book a massage. You are not in a carefully monitored environment.

It's the real deal with real streams outside and real creepy crawly's.

2  Thank MrAshraf
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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

A couple of weeks ago, I had a 2:30pm appointment for the Crown Ayurvedic Head Massage. I arrived at the Yoga Barn, around 2:10pm with plenty of time to spare. Upon entering the premises of the Yoga Barn, I was a bit disappointed given all the hype that surrounds this facility as it appeared to be more of a hippy commune (or at least what I would imagine one to be) versus a zen retreat for yoga and massage.

As I wound my way through the property, I finally found the Kush massage area. There was no one at the desk to greet me, so I had to stand there until someone showed up to do so. A woman approached me and without any greeting, she told me the price of my service and asked for payment. There were no warm and fuzzies here. It was all business. Once the financial transaction was completed, I was led to the massage area, and instead of being led inside, I was escorted to an open air deck with a couple of chaise lounges.

Before the actual massage began, I filled out the a personal form (which in hindsight was totally pointless) and was given a beverage. At 2:31pm per my iPhone, my massage began while sitting up in one of the chaise lounges that I mentioned earlier.

The first 30 minutes or so was a pretty intense head rub with oils as well as some rubbing of my neck and upper shoulders. I chose this particular massage as I carry all of my stress in my upper back area. The massage to this point was decent enough, but this place was less than relaxing. There was a lot of ambient noise including construction work on premises, the chatter of spa workers, background music, and misc. other outside noises. On top of that, there were ants crawling all over me during the massage, which was rather creepy and a tad distracting to say the least.

Once the first 30 minutes had passed, I was asked to move to a hair washing station that looked like it was out of the 1930s. Sitting here was torturous at best, and it negated any of the positive effect that the first 30 minutes had accomplished. The next 15 minutes was essentially a hair washing and scalp massage like one would receive at any salon during the hair wash. It was nothing special, and combined with the torturous seating, I was relieved when it was finally over.

Then I was asked to move yet again, back to the chaise lounge. All of this up and down did not make for a relaxing experience. For the next 5 minutes, my hair was towel dried with some additionally scalp rubbing. Then like that it was over.

I immediately pointed to my watch, indicating that my massage had only gone 50 minutes. It was 3:20pm at this point. She then told me that the first 10 minutes that I was there filling out my form counted as part of the 1 hour massage. SERIOUSLY?? I was totally flabbergasted. She then turned and left without a care in the world, and brought me back some tea.

Over the next 10 minutes while drinking my tea, I got madder and madder about the marginal spa experience, the less than relaxing setting, the torturous washing chair, and the short changing of time. I left feeling thoroughly robbed, especially that there are so many amazing places to get a really fantastic massage in Ubud.

I share this story so that anyone thinking of using the services of Kush reconsider. Really reconsider.

You've Been Warned!!!

5  Thank Trendster
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Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

It's a shame that the yoga barn is going through construction at the moment, as there is constant noise and a smell of wet cement everywhere. The receptionist did pint this out when I booked and I decided to persevere and managed to relax . I had the foot massage which I found very very painful. The therapist wasn't able to explain why this was and just kept telling me to relax. At one point he even offered to stop the massage. I have had reflexology before and not found it painful at all. I asked if he could be more gentle but this didn't seem to be an option? I survived but I wouldn't have another. I also had the crown massage, not painful but quite uncomfortable as its a very firm massage. It is mostly on the head and a lovely mask of hibiscus leaves is left on and then shampooed out. It has left my hair really soft and healthy feeling. I then had a facial. It was very good but could have been more gentle . All treatments were carried out by men who were very nice but had fairly basic English. Next time I would ask for a female in the hope it would be more gentle! I am giving the 4 stars as the noise isn't their fault and I was made aware. The spa us lovely and clean and U felt very well looked after.

1  Thank cb1002014
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Reviewed 25 May 2016

With my girlfriend we had decided to spend some time to recharge batteries in Ubud and enjoy the "spiritual" feeling the city offers : yoga classes, fresh juces, organic & vegetarian restaurants... and that's during our first yoga class at the Yoga Barn that we saw some leaflets advertising their rejuvenating activities at "Kush". Amongst them, one about the benefits of colonic irrigation.
We had already had one, back in France a couple of years ago, and prices at Kush were 50% cheaper, which we thought was due to the cheaper life in Bali. This motivated our decision to book for one here (it's recommended to have one every once in a while as it helps maintaining a healthy digestive system and prevent deseases).
Unfortunately only a man practitionner was available, a young american from San Francisco whose picture didn't make me feel so confortable. But the caption read that he was well trained and experienced.

Normaly such treatment is practiced by a health personnal such as a doctor, a naturopath... and starts with an interview (1 hour when we did it in Paris), then the irrigation itself lasts around 1h/1h30 and is performed by a machine that controls everything and allows the water to gently go up to the starting point of one's colon. A total of more that 25l of water is used during the process.
It's completely different of a cleansing enema that you can do yourself at home, sending water to your colon through a tube linked to a bag hung above you. This method only allows to clean about 1/3 of your colon.

In order to be efficient, it is recommended to prepare your body before having an irrigation, either by almoast fasting or at least eating less and only specific, non toxic food along with some linen seeds or others with similar effects.

Here at Kush, the leaflet said it was a 1h treatment and that we should arrive 30mn prior to the appointment to talk to the practitionner, but nobody told us to prepare before.

We arrived at 12:30 for our 1pm appointment but nobody was here to welcome us although the practitionner was in his cabin. We sat on the 2 waiting chairs in font of it and noticed some papers with a pen, and understood it was some questions about our health that we should fill before.
At around 12:50 the practitionner came out and said hi. Hi quickly looked at the form but didn't read everything. He asked a few questions for 1mn and took my girlfriend inside. At my biggest surprise, at 1:25 she was out.
It was my turn to go.

In fact, they don't use the conventionnal machine but a so called "wood method" supposed to be softer (the machine was already really soft to me). In reality it is only a plastic water baloon, around 12/15 liters, placed above you, with a system to controle temperature. It felt kinda cheap to me.
The man was not very talkative but still kind and gentle. I asked about the efficiency of this method and he pretended it is as good, or better than with the machine because it also helps train your colon muscles...
Unfortunately for me almost nothing came out and I had the feeling I wasted my money. Once the baloon is empty, you leave, even if your colon's not clean.

He said it's normal, I should come and have 2 or 3 more, that it's different everyday. Well considering it costs 50€/$ it's not a bargain if you need to come 3 times !

I have to add that 5 days after I had a big diarrhea with blood, which shows a colon infection. Probably not related with the irrigation, I don't want to draw conclusions but it needs to be mentionned. I'm currently waiting for analysis results.

So... as a conclusion I would NOT recommand having a colonic irrigation here, or even in Bali or during your holidays. It is something for which you should prepare yourself a few days before AND for which you should take time afterward to eat properly for the next days to rebuild your colon bacterial life. A tropical country with no clean water and where the germs and bacteria are not the ones your body is used to meet in your countryit not the best.

And regarding Kush, they just don't seem processionnal and caring at all.

13  Thank Slybox
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