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Spa Betty Series: It’s All About Image At Eden Green

January 15th, 2008 · 2 Comments

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I fell for Eden Green because of their branding. Every day I walk by and see the sherbet green and white signage and think to myself that I’ll have to try it out sooner or later. Most super low-cost massage places are more like cheap hair salons with massage thrown in as an afterthought. So, once I exhausted my top spa choices, I decide to reward Eden Green and their design team for going the extra kilometer.

When I walk up, a nice young man meets my gaze. He’s the only guy in the group of technicians sitting outside the door and I figure he’ll inquire about my massage choice and then turn me over to one of the women for servicing. Instead, he leads me inside and upstairs where there are four empty cots separated by curtains. The curtains don’t have a lot of girth. In fact, they only stretch out far enough to conceal your head and maybe shoulders. This leads me to believe that the massage will be clothed. The young boy holding up a sarong to protect my modesty while telling me to undress leads me to believe differently. Cue my insecurities.

After much internal deliberation, I decide to leave my bra and underwear on for this one. I don’t think it’s cool to be naked for this kid and the place isn’t really all that nice. The branding doesn’t seem to extend indoors. Probably because at that point, they figure they’ve got you. So, just in case the building catches on fire while I’m being rubbed down, I’m leaving some traveling clothes on. Of course this causes a bit of confusion for the masseur. After I lie down, he asks if he can unhook my bra. I realize that hasn’t happened since 8th grade (the grade he is probably in). I say sure and then giggle silently as he tries to figure out the complicated hooks.

Aside from the décor, the massage itself is pretty good. Since I’m lying facedown on a cot instead of an actual massage table, my head is kinked at an awkward angle. And other people are shuffling around the cramped upstairs space, so it’s not a “Calgon, take me away” kind of experience. But the man-child has strong firm hands and I am grateful for him attacking my many knots.

When it’s over, he hooks my bra back together and again holds up the sarong to act as my human dressing room. I throw my clothes on quickly to lessen the awkwardness for us both. Then I walk out the door glistening like a freshly-oiled bike chain, ready for another big night on the town.

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Eden Green

Jalan Werkudara No.48, Legian, Bali
Telephone 081 417 658 0818354751
Ambiance: 1 out of 5 Passion Fruits
Treatment: 2.5 out of 5 Passion Fruits
Cost: 70,000 for one hour Traditional Balinese Massage
What that means in U.S. Dollars: $7.42

 

Tags: Bali · Spas

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  • 2 responses so far ↓

    • 1 GG // Jan 18, 2008 at 10:32 pm

      Okay, sounds like it needs a bit more refinement. I found a Somatherapy School here in southern California where students work on you–it is hit or miss as far as the massages–I’ve had more good luck than bad. Plus it is only $25 per hour versus $65-$95 average. Your story makes me appreciate that they do have curtains that circle the REAL massage tables.

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    • 2 Travel Betty // Jan 26, 2008 at 10:58 am

      Massage schools are a smart idea and a good value, GG. Thanks for sharing. I’ll have to look for one in San Francisco.

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