Alison Gibbs - Spa Consultant Alison is a Spa Consultant and Trainer who in 2001 established a company called Indonesian Secrets, bringing some of the traditional Balinese treatments and massage techniques to the UK from the Far East. Her career began twenty years ago in the UK, when she achieved her beauty therapy qualifications and began working alongside osteopaths and homeopaths and specialising in massage. Her industrial experience continued at Champneys Health Farm and in a large well established hair and beauty salon. Alison then started her own beauty business, which had a client base of 200 and she used her exceptional massage skills to treat clients with multiple sclerosis, paralysis and ME.
Fate then stepped in and Alison followed a boyfriend to the Far East, she soon established herself as a therapist working in some of the most prestigious spas and luxury hotel groups. She progressed through the ranks, from assistant manager to spa director, continuing her professional development to include essential managerial skills in marketing, accounting, purchasing and stock control as well as recruitment and team building. She became the corporate trainer for five Banyan Tree Resort spas before moving to Bali to become spa director for Aston Bali Resort, developing and opening
their new spa. As a consultant for Collier-Collier Spa, she provided training and was instrumental in the designs for Javana Spa, Singapore; The Oberoi, Lombok; and Begawan Giri, Bali. Bali was where Alison learned about the local traditions and healing techniques that were passed down through generations and also how to make the wonderful treatment products from natural ingredients found locally:
The papaya and rice herbal slimming wraps traditionally used after childbirth.
The 'Royal' exfoliation and massage ritual, Lulur, a skin softening treatment originally enjoyed by the Princesses of the Royal Palace.
The Bali Boreh that was a remedy that originated with Balinese farmers to ease rheumatic aches and pains after standing knee deep in water and stooping over in rice fields day after day.
In May 2001 using all this knowledge, Alison launched her own company 'Indonesian Secrets' to import local ingredients for use in spa therapies and provide training and product knowledge to spas and salons around the world.
More recently Alison has devoted more time to training spa therapists in the lava shell and bamboo massage techniques.