My Balinese Massage At Jari Menari

Posted by : foongpc | Monday, May 17, 2010 | Published in


On the morning of our second last day in Bali, we decided to go for some authentic Balinese massage at Jari Menari.

We had booked for the massage 2 days earlier. Yes, we had to book it 2 days early as it was fully booked on that particular day we originally wanted to go for the massage!

Jari Menari is located along Jalan Raya Basangkasa in Seminyak, not very far from the Harmony Hotel where I stayed. Refer to the map here.

This is the front entrance to the massage centre.

Jari Menari literally means "Dancing Fingers". Our driver told us that the massage here was good and he highly recommended it.

The unique thing about this massage centre was that all the masseurs here were males!

I guess most people would prefer female masseurs but I did not mind at all as I badly needed a massage and I figured a man would be strong enough to give me a good, deep massage that I was craving for.

There were different types of massages to choose from and I went for the Perfect Massage priced at 350,000 rupiah (RM130) for a 90-minutes session.

In fact, all of us went for this Perfect Massage as it was the most suitable.

I took some photos of the interior while we waited for our rooms to be ready.

Before we knew it, we were called and led into the changing room where we took a shower. My two female friends were led into the another changing room at the other end. After shower, we were led to our individual rooms.

Sorry but no more photos beyond this point! : )

So how was the massage? Suffice to say I enjoyed it tremendously although I must say there were some parts where I thought the masseur was a bit too rough. But I like that they not only massage your body but also your arms and hands!

Accompanied with soothing Balinese music and chirping of birds and sound of water flowing in the background, it was 90 minutes of pure bliss! By the way, the sound of water flowing was real as there was a wall behind me with water flowing down into a pond with live fishes!

It felt really good and after the massage was over, I was totally rejuvenated!

Maybe I should go for the 4-hands massage next time! In case you do not know what a 4-hands massage is, it is actually a massage done by two masseurs at the same time!

By the way, the centre also offers training for anyone interested to learn about massage.

For more details on Jari Menari, you can visit the website here.


(97) Comments

  1. Mariuca said...


    May 17, 2010 at 2:53 AM
  2. Monica said...


    May 17, 2010 at 2:53 AM
  3. Mariuca said...

    HAHAHAH AIYO!! me?? CHOP!!

    May 17, 2010 at 2:53 AM
  4. Monica said...

    Mariuca! lol!!

    May 17, 2010 at 2:53 AM
  5. Mariuca said...

    hahahahha hi Monica... aiyooo heart beating fast, screamyx so slow hahaha!

    May 17, 2010 at 2:53 AM
  6. Mariuca said...

    lucky i saw ur tweet foong lol! Happy Monday and happy chopping! :)

    May 17, 2010 at 2:54 AM
  7. Mariuca said...

    cant concentrate on my dvd oso stalking lol!!

    May 17, 2010 at 2:55 AM
  8. Mariuca said...

    Wahhhh I've never heard of this 4-hands massage, wow!

    May 17, 2010 at 2:56 AM
  9. Mariuca said...

    I wonder how that feels, I told B about it, enticed it seems haha!

    May 17, 2010 at 2:56 AM
  10. Monica said...

    i have never tried balinese massage Foong! I'd love to try it :D

    May 17, 2010 at 3:05 AM
  11. Tekkaus said...

    How do you know it is Authentic? :p But the name is cheeky. Jari Menari. Dancing fingers. :p

    May 17, 2010 at 5:09 AM
  12. Tekkaus said...

    Goodness, have 2 books 2 days earlier just to feel those fingers dancing on your body? War...their services must be super duper good aye. :p

    May 17, 2010 at 5:09 AM
  13. Tekkaus said...

    Ouh....all the masseurs are males? Yeah! Perhaps male masseurs are stronger right? :p

    May 17, 2010 at 5:11 AM
  14. Tekkaus said...

    Perfect Massage? Why it is called Perfecy Massage? Wow....90 minutes of fingers dancing on your body session for RM130. Sounds expensive to a broke bloke like me. :p

    May 17, 2010 at 5:12 AM
  15. Tekkaus said...

    Have to take shower before they can touch you? Now that is special. :p You guys have to be really clean o.

    May 17, 2010 at 5:13 AM
  16. Tekkaus said...

    You tremendously enjoyed it? But then again they were too rough? LOL :D Hopefully nothing is broken bro.

    May 17, 2010 at 5:14 AM
  17. Tekkaus said... each room they keep fishes in a pond? :p That's why so expensive. You are paying for the "water fall" and the fish. :p

    May 17, 2010 at 5:15 AM
  18. Tekkaus said...

    4 hands massage? So the price is double? :p How about 6 hands? 8 hands? Is there such a package? LOL :D

    May 17, 2010 at 5:16 AM
  19. Tekkaus said...

    Yeah! I wanna learn. So that I can massage my wifey. :p

    May 17, 2010 at 5:16 AM
  20. Tekkaus said...

    Too bad there are no branches here in Malaysia or Malacca. :p If not I surely wanna learn.

    May 17, 2010 at 5:24 AM
  21. manglish said...

    waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..........looked like you had a LOT of fun in Bali leh aaahahhhaha

    May 17, 2010 at 5:45 AM
  22. Caroline said...

    so funny the name "Jari Menari"! haha! okay last time saw ur tweet dunno how many massage session ler. lol

    May 17, 2010 at 6:30 AM
  23. Caroline said...

    harr?! all male masseurs?! eee then for the ladies oso by male masseurs la dat?! cheh i tot u prefer ladies ler. :P

    May 17, 2010 at 6:33 AM
  24. Caroline said...

    mwahahaa! guy massage guy, sounds so gay~ wwakakakaka! gosh early laugh! :p sorry my imagination toooo gud dy. lmao!!

    May 17, 2010 at 6:34 AM
  25. Caroline said...

    i tot all massage sessions included arms and hands?? at here its common ler. :p

    May 17, 2010 at 6:35 AM
  26. Caroline said...

    wasai! not enough with 2 hands and now want 4 hands ah? whoaa wan get pamper till like dat meh?! ;p

    May 17, 2010 at 6:36 AM
  27. Caroline said...

    gosh! i think i missed one post of urs! will go back read later. happy monday panda! :D

    May 17, 2010 at 6:37 AM
  28. Reanaclaire said...

    can tell in details how and where they massaged? hahaha... the last time i did a bali massage was in penang... it was bliss too.. but the price wasnt! :)

    May 17, 2010 at 7:58 AM
  29. Anonymous

    "all the masseurs here were males!"

    They should have female masseurs for female customers.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:18 AM
  30. khengsiong said...

    Masseurs must be males, right? Females who perform this job are called masseuses. (But heck, today actors can be males or females.)

    What is so special about Dancing Fingers? Need to book 2 days in advance. Last time when I had massage in Ubud, I only walked in.

    May 17, 2010 at 8:32 AM
  31. Che-Cheh said...

    Wooo girls also massage by men?

    May 17, 2010 at 9:31 AM
  32. iamthewitch said...

    Wah not cheap this massage! :P I heard of people going for Balinese massages at only RM30-50.. but this looks posh. :P Also, I never really trust what the drivers recommended because they usually get commission for bringing customers in to selected shops (not only massage but souvenirs/restaurants, etc)

    May 17, 2010 at 11:22 AM
  33. iamthewitch said...

    So did you fall asleep during the massage? Or because it was too rough, you were forced to stay awake? LOL!

    May 17, 2010 at 11:22 AM
  34. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    Sing along to the tune of ~ Dancing Queen *Fing* by ABBA ~

    ♫ We are the Dancing Fing,
    a.k.a. Jari Menari
    Dancing Fing, feel the rub, from the head to toe oh yeah
    You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life
    Ooo.. see that foong, watch that scene, diggin' the Dancing Fing..♫

    hehehe ~;)..tQ.

    You are the Dancing Queen, young and sweet, only seventeen
    Dancing Queen, feel the beat, from the tambourine oh yeah
    You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life
    Ooo.. see that girl, watch that scene, diggin' the Dancing Queen

    May 17, 2010 at 12:03 PM
  35. AL said...

    you like male masseurs???
    just a question..

    May 17, 2010 at 1:31 PM
  36. HappySurfer said...

    I thought RM130 is pretty high for a massage in Indonesia, albeit Bali.

    Four-hand massage sounds like an orgy. Oops! haha..

    May 17, 2010 at 2:19 PM
  37. fufu said...

    yeah i had my very fist massage in shenzhen, china :) and it was awesome and fun!! our masseurs were female(aunties) and we talked naughty topics hahahaha

    May 17, 2010 at 3:26 PM
  38. fufu said...

    but i wanna try also spa in bali :) next time next time

    May 17, 2010 at 3:27 PM
  39. Afriqiyah said...

    Thanks for the post. I hope you enjoyed the massage. But I would advice you not to go for a four-hand massage. It is sometime very tiring and might hurt you this time more. Bye and have a nice week ahead.

    May 17, 2010 at 3:35 PM
  40. mNhL said...

    The shop got a nice name. Dancing fingers.

    May 17, 2010 at 5:19 PM
  41. Kelvin said...

    I remember the 1st time i went massage, i choose the wrong package and they twisted my limbs and body XD

    Pain but feels good. SM?

    May 17, 2010 at 6:07 PM
  42. lina said...

    I wonder how it feel to have four hands pounding my body.

    May 17, 2010 at 6:38 PM
  43. Merryn said...

    wait.. male masseurs for female patrons? cool! i wanna go :D but on second thought.. dun wan lah.. lol..

    u notti foong. u want 2 on 1 :P

    May 17, 2010 at 9:07 PM
  44. Merryn said...

    i'm interested in the training though.. shiok if i can learn to massage good good.. then can massage william... :D

    May 17, 2010 at 9:08 PM
  45. Merryn said...

    or maybe i shud get HIM to learn.. so he can massage ME :)

    watever lah kan? hahahaha

    May 17, 2010 at 9:09 PM
  46. CH Voon said...

    need to book 2 days advance.

    i guess the massage should be very special one. hehehee

    May 17, 2010 at 10:56 PM
  47. CH Voon said...

    masseurs are males er..... i dont want hehehe. actually, females masseurs also very strong one.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:58 PM
  48. CH Voon said...

    never try 4 hands massage before. hehehe if 2 man i dont want...

    May 17, 2010 at 11:00 PM
  49. foongpc said...

    mariuca, FC!! So much fun to chop here right? LOL! Wah, stalking me? How many times you refresh? LOL!

    Maybe you and B try the 4-hands massage and tell me about it! Haha!

    May 18, 2010 at 2:43 AM
  50. foongpc said...

    monica, oops! Missed FC by a split second! Haha!

    Never tried Balinese massage? Go Bali and try it! : )

    May 18, 2010 at 2:44 AM
  51. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, how do I know it's authentic? I don't! Haha!!

    Yes, have to book early!

    RM130 may be a bit expensive, but it's OK to indulge once in a while : )

    Yes, of course have to take shower before a massage. It's cleaner that way.

    No there's no such thing as 6-hands or 8-hands massage! LOL! Max 4-hands only!

    It's good to learn massage. I can teach you also - I know some massage techniques, but not Balinese massage techniques : )

    May 18, 2010 at 2:48 AM
  52. foongpc said...

    manglish, yeah I have lots of fun in Bali but not the kind you are probably thinking of! All the masseurs here are professional masseurs! : )

    May 18, 2010 at 2:49 AM
  53. foongpc said...

    caroline ng, haha, definitely more than once!

    Yes, ladies also massaged by male masseurs. These are professional masseurs!

    What's wrong with a male masseur massaging a guy? Nothing wrong what! I'm fine with both male and female masseurs as long as their massages are good!!

    I have not tried 4-hands massage so can't comment on that but I think I want to try it someday! : )

    May 18, 2010 at 2:53 AM
  54. foongpc said...

    reanaclaire, what details you want to know? They massage every part except your private parts - is that detailed enough? LOL!

    May 18, 2010 at 2:54 AM
  55. foongpc said...

    mei teng, why must they have female masseurs for female customers? They are professional masseurs!

    May 18, 2010 at 2:55 AM
  56. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, yes actually you are right but I just take "masseurs" as a general term to mean both sexes.

    Actually, nothing really special with this Dancing Fingers massage - to me at least. But it's still enjoyable! : )

    May 18, 2010 at 2:57 AM
  57. foongpc said...

    che-cheh, yes! Only male masseurs here! : )

    May 18, 2010 at 2:57 AM
  58. foongpc said...

    iamthewitch, Yes, my massage at my hotel was only 200,000 rupiah (RM65) and it's for 2 hours. This one was expensive but still enjoyable!

    We actually did not go to Jari Menari under the driver's recommendation but it was recommended to us by a friend who had been to Bali a few times.

    I almost fell asleep but did not go to sleep completely : )

    May 18, 2010 at 3:00 AM
  59. foongpc said...

    bananaz, haha! That is funny!!! : D

    May 18, 2010 at 3:00 AM
  60. foongpc said...

    AL, what a funny question! I have no preference - male or female masseurs are fine as long as they do a good job to my satisfaction! : )

    May 18, 2010 at 3:01 AM
  61. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, yes it's quite expensive in a way but I think it's OK to indulge once in a while.

    4-hands massage sound like an orgy? In what way? Btw, these are professional masseurs! No hanky panky!!

    May 18, 2010 at 3:03 AM
  62. foongpc said...

    fufu, you talked naughty topics with the aunties? You are a naughty boy indeed!! : )

    Yes, go try the spa in Bali next time!

    May 18, 2010 at 3:04 AM
  63. foongpc said...

    afriqiyah, you advised against going for the 4-hands massage? Thanks for the advice. I would however like to try it at least once : )

    May 18, 2010 at 3:05 AM
  64. foongpc said...

    mNhL, yes nice name indeed : )

    May 18, 2010 at 3:06 AM
  65. foongpc said...

    kelvin, pain but feels good? You are perverted! : )

    May 18, 2010 at 3:07 AM
  66. foongpc said...

    lina,I also wonder! Haha!

    May 18, 2010 at 3:07 AM
  67. foongpc said...

    merryn, you should go but with your husband's consent of course! Haha!

    2 on 1? Haha, funny!

    Yes you should learn massage - can massage William and Ethan too! Better still you and William both learn massage - can massage each other. How fun is that!

    May 18, 2010 at 3:09 AM
  68. foongpc said...

    CH Voon, so no male masseurs for you? Haha! Then go for the ladies!! : )

    May 18, 2010 at 3:10 AM
  69. LifeRamblings said...

    wow, it must be a great experience to get a feel of the Balinese massage. glad you feel rejuvenated and refreshed.

    May 18, 2010 at 7:37 AM
  70. LifeRamblings said...

    yes, a 4-hands massage sure sounds interesting. i've not experienced anything like that before.

    May 18, 2010 at 7:37 AM
  71. LifeRamblings said...

    but how come they have only male masseurs? do they have female customers?

    May 18, 2010 at 7:38 AM
  72. eiling lim said...

    i also like Balinese massage. very relaxing not like the Thai massage that stretches me like hell.

    May 18, 2010 at 11:16 AM
  73. foongpc said...

    life ramblings, I would like to try the 4-hands massage too!

    Yes, they are all male masseurs - don't know why - and yes, they do have female customers : )

    May 18, 2010 at 12:22 PM
  74. foongpc said...

    eiling lim, haha, yes I guess Thai massage can be a little uncomfortable with all those stretching! : )

    May 18, 2010 at 12:23 PM
  75. Ayie said...

    foong you an actually make a blog just about your spa escapades! lol

    i also look forward getting massage when i go off for vacation, it's very relaxing.

    May 18, 2010 at 1:48 PM
  76. vialentino said...

    dancing fingers....very nice name...jari menari .... i like bali massage...very nice and relax

    May 18, 2010 at 2:51 PM
  77. [SK] said...

    oh, jari menari!! i love this name so much.. :)

    May 18, 2010 at 6:27 PM
  78. [SK] said...

    only male masseurs?? hmmm, then how about female guests?? are they ok with male masseurs??

    May 18, 2010 at 6:28 PM
  79. [SK] said...

    so what kind of massage did you take?? full body oil massage?? with body scrubing, body conditioning and spa?? hehe~~

    May 18, 2010 at 6:29 PM
  80. [SK] said...

    RM130 for 90 minutes, i think it's not expensive.. but more importantly is how good you feel after the massage..

    May 18, 2010 at 6:29 PM
  81. [SK] said...

    and the deco of the massage center looks quite ok, especially the little garden before the changing room.. got some "zen" feel~~ :)

    May 18, 2010 at 6:30 PM
  82. [SK] said...

    so their tagline is "Bali Best Massage", what do you think??

    May 18, 2010 at 6:31 PM
  83. [SK] said...

    hehe.. or you wanna go back to Bali again and try others to compare??

    May 18, 2010 at 6:31 PM
  84. [SK] said...

    i tell you secretly.. i did not go for massage during my visit to Bali last time.. hehehehe :p pai seh

    May 18, 2010 at 6:32 PM
  85. [SK] said...

    the ladies chosed to go spa treatment, and the guys chosed to go to the Kuta beach.. :D

    May 18, 2010 at 6:33 PM
  86. [SK] said...

    next time, maybe next time if i go to Bali again, i'll go for spa and massage :)

    May 18, 2010 at 6:33 PM
  87. Faisal Admar said...

    i heard about 'mandi kucing' before... have you tried?

    May 18, 2010 at 6:53 PM
  88. Bengbeng said...

    thank u so much for yr kind comments on my blog. it did cheer up some, thanks

    I went to 2 different massage places in Bali. The first one was ok but i think i paid RM150. The second one told me they had special services with ladies from all over the country. i opted for the std maassage only :)

    May 18, 2010 at 11:18 PM
  89. bluedreamer27 said...

    love to try the massage
    it's been awhile since i last went to spa with my mom..
    i remember how relaxing and how refreshing it was

    May 19, 2010 at 9:14 AM
  90. Nike said...

    Nice place with well decoration. You are really so lucky that you have visited most beautiful places.Keep posting.
    Thanks for posting, happy blogging

    May 20, 2010 at 8:21 PM
  91. Merryn said...

    yeah.. massage each other.. very the fun :D

    May 20, 2010 at 10:37 PM
  92. jam said...

    All masseurs are males? What happened to your 2 female friends?

    May 21, 2010 at 4:36 PM
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    May 28, 2010 at 5:36 PM
  94. Faisal Admar said...

    jari menari... wow! :D

    May 31, 2010 at 8:55 AM
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    Sensual and erotic massage are one of the coolest things on this planet.

    July 20, 2010 at 4:09 PM
  96. danniapearl

    People nowadays are too busy with the work they had and forget to give time to there selves. Why not spent a time and enjoy a relaxing massage these coming weekend :) I got my hectic schedule at work, made me stressful and make me look more terrible, but when I gave my self a time I do enjoyed it and get relax, which something feels like refreshing nor energized. What life for If we can't enjoy things in this world! Enjoy life!

    Dannia from pub quiz questions

    March 12, 2012 at 3:02 AM
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    October 26, 2012 at 6:36 PM