Salt is not only used to flavor food, but also to balance the functions of the body. Because of this, salt is now taken advantage as an ingredient in scrubs by spa operators at hotels. For example, Pramana Watu Kurung has introduced treatments by applying salt. “We use Kusamba salt for treatment. We, as a resort, were even more interested when we found out that Kusamba salt has the benefits of 80 types of minerals for the body,” said Sales Manager of Pramana Watu Kurung, Wayan Ratni, Monday (Oct 9).
Pramana Watu Kurung is the perfect accommodation on the Island of the Gods. Due to its location in the midst of natural beauty, this resort offers an enchanting experience. It includes scrub using Kusamba salt. “This idea started from a national TV station which provided coverage to Kusamba stating to be interested in local Balinese salt which is world famous. They need backup salt articles for the tourism industry. Then, why don’t we who live in Bali take advantage of local products?” asked Ratni.
In addition, Pramana Watu Kurung has the intention and desire to support Kusamba salt as a local Balinese product. This method is also meant to help salt farmers in east Bali. The raw salt in granular form is bought by the market, not taken directly by farmers. “We specifically use Kusamba salt for the Complete Food Care Salt Ritual Package, Traditional Asian Massage Kusamba Salt Body Scrub and Facial with a duration of 150 minutes or two and a half hours,” explained this calm woman.
Meanwhile, Resort Manager, Ketut Sumartono, stated the treatment using Kusamba salt is mostly favored by tourists from Europe and America. Domestic tourists also like this kind of treatment. Indeed, initially they tried more, but over time they became happy which eventually became a trend. “That’s because they really know the function and purpose of treatment to help the human body, either for health or beauty. Moreover, using Kusamba salt has advantages,” he said.
Apart from in-house guests, there are also many walk-in guests who use this type of spa. Hopefully, this innovation can help develop further and improve local products on the international stage. Moreover, other than local salt or Kusamba, the other local products are the pride of the Balinese people as well. “At first, we purchase salt at the market, and then process them for massage use or scrubs. Of course, it is mixed with other products, so that it produces a product that is of interest to the guests themselves,” hoped Jero Sumartono, his nickname.
Carrying out this innovation is also a way to help local communities in developing the business itself. Similarly, this method is for the benefit of making different products. Not only preparing existing products, but you can also combine them with new ones. “Our ancestors had also used to soak their feet in warm water containing salt to restore body stamina,” added Jero Sumartono convincingly.
In this treatment, it starts with washing the feet, a foot ritual using salt. Both feet are placed in flower water, and then covered in salt until the feet feel light. After that, the scrub process makes the whole body feel smoother, lighter and brighter. “We will continue to study innovations in Kusamba salt treatment. Maybe, later on we can make concoctions for compresses for bath salts and other treatments,” he hoped. (BTN/015)