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  • About:Bali has a long tradition of Bali Usada, also known as Balinese traditional healing. The Balinese live equally in two worlds: the seen or conscious world called sekala, and the unseen or psychic world, called niskala. In traditional Balinese healing, both of these elements need to be addressed in order to truly heal.

  • What to expect:The experience will be very public. The healer may make magic, create fire, use mudras, draw patterns on your body & spit wads of chewed herbs on your skin.

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Day 1, 26/04/12: Rediscovering Spirit - Bali

In the three days leading up to this journey I had been struggling with an unfamiliar sense of discomfort; a discomfort which meant I had to reach out and ask for help. Last night in a desperate plea I asked Sandra; the lady who gives me massage, if she knew of any techniques to relieve severe constipation. Yielding my sense of desperation she applied peppermint oil to my lower abdomen moving the oil clockwise in circular motions.

This was my last ditch hope of finding some relief before stepping on board the 12hr flight to Kuala Lumpur. Last night I had visited my Nan. She had given me three of her Senokot tablets, insisting that, "by the morning you'll be fine and these won't give you stomach cramps". The morning came and went; still no sign of any movement only further pain and literal stuckness. During work I paid her a second visit, this time trying a suppository.

I believe it's thanks to this three pronged attack on my bowels, that the night before the flight movement came. To ensure this continued I decided to use a suppository on the flight itself; I guess there's a first time for everything.