Healer, also called ''Balian'' or ''medium spirit''. Local healers are recognized as trustworthy members of Balinese society. They are « the link » between the human world and the gods. Their practice is based on the Hindu philosophy of Bali.
Many Balinese consult healers as they consult a doctor. The difference is that they do not always have the money to go to doctor's office and therefore they turn towards the consultation" of Healer. They don’t exchange money but reward the healer with what they have in their possession (food, poultry...).
The major part of the Balinese healers were chosen. This means that at some point in their lives, they lived a painful experience (often disease) and found the strength to heal themselves. And afterwards they are ''called'' to heal others.
Some healers are practicing acupressure, reflexology or massage in order to restore the balance between body and mind. Others read the past, present and future ... and others ''fall into a trance'' during a healing ceremony.
After the success of the international film, ''Eat pray love'' with Julia Roberts, based on the best-seller by Elizabeth Gilbert, healers have become more popular in Bali. Ketut Liyer, the Balinese healer who inspired the character of the film became a star thanks to the film and now attracts tourists in search of wellness from across the globe.
Article by: Amanaska