Ngadisalira: The Pre-wedding Treatment a la Kraton of Yogyakarta

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As the D-day of the Royal Wedding in the Kraton of Yogyakarta approaches, the bride and the groom are supposed to be fit and fresh. To maintain their fitness and beauty prior to the wedding day, GKR Hayu had a pre-wedding treatment, which is known as Ngadisalira. This treatment was carried out as a manifestation of preserving the Javanese culture.

The rituals within Ngadisalira comprises:

·     Lumarabing Sutra : Spreading a sutra ukup with the aroma formulated from roses of three colors and jasmines to cover the whole body parts.

·         Mantrawara : Offering a prayer

·         Konyohan : Smearing the body with warm massage oil

·         Siram Warih : Soaking in herbal formula

·       Ngunjuk Jampi : Drinking jamu or traditional Javanese herbal beverage particularly made for a bride

GKR Hayu had the Ngadisalira in the Keputren building of the Palace of Yogyakarta. The treatment was served by a Ngadisalira expert, Worro H. Astuti, who is also a master at Nurkadhatyan The Ritual Spa.

The Ngadisalira treatment applies the concept of “Lenging Bondowoso”, the basic concept of ancient Javanese spa treatment, which focuses on the spots of energy located at certain parts of the body. … “The concept of Lenging Bondowoso helps to bring out a balanced state of the soul, the body, and the spirit. It also gives a relaxing effect, improves the blood flow, and maintains the fitness,” uttered Worro.

The concept of Lenging Bondowoso consists of several phases, namely meditation (focusing), offering a prayer, energy transfer, and respiratory workout. Worro conducted the energy transfer by rubbing several parts of GKR Hayu’s body— the palms, chest, shoulders, ears, and face.  Through these spots, the energy was transferred using kanthil sejodho, a coupled white and yellow champaca, which were put on GKR Hayu’s ubun-ubun (the anterior fontanelle), lower forehead between the two eyebrows, chin, and through the chest.

The theme for the treatment alone was derived from GKR Hayu’s personality: calm, wise, and serious. The theme was named Paleremaning Rasa, or “The Calmness of Feeling”, which became the basic reference for the selection of ingredients used for the rituals in Ngadisalira. All of the individual ingredients used in Ngadisalira were taken directly from the Palace, and later on being processed along with only fresh ingredients and without any chemical formula.

Each of these ingredients has its own specific functions towards the body. As an example, the roses, jasmines, and kanthil sejodho—used during the implementation of Lenging Bondowoso—function to give a relaxing effect, improve vitality, and overcome stress. Apart from its function to symbolize the couple, the coupled kanthil is also capable of delivering a stronger scent when used together.

The next ritual within the Ngadisalira treatment is Mangiran, which is somewhat similar to applying body scrub. The difference is that it is not necessary for the bride to wash her body once the Mangiran ritual has completed. As for GKR Hayu, the Mangiran ritual was conducted using the Panca Rasa Manunggal product, especially the Nurjuwita series (Paleremaning Rasa).

Panca Rasa Manunggal, literally means the unity of five tastes, is a formula for a body treatment. It functions to harmonize the soul and the body. The concept of the formula was taken from the personalities of the five princesses of the Kraton of Yogyakarta. The Panca Rasa Manunggal products can also be obtained from Nurkadhatyan The Ritual Spa, which presently only serves In Room Treatment in Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel, Yogyakarta.

Ngadisalira: Proses Perawatan Pra Nikah ala Kraton Yogyakarta

 Seperti layaknya pasangan pengantin lain, menjelang pernikahan Dhaup Ageng Kraton Yogyakarta, mempelai tentu harus tampil bugar dan segar. Untuk menjaga kebugaran dan kecantikan sebelum pernikahan, GKR Hayu menjalani perawatan pra nikah atau yang sering disebut juga dengan Ngadisalira. Ngadisalira dilakukan sebagai bentuk pelestarian budaya melalui perawatan sebelum pernikahan.

Ritual Ngadisalira ini terdiri dari:

·         Lumarabing Sutra : Membentangkan sutra ukup dengan ramuan aroma bunga mawar tiga warna dan bunga melati ke seluruh tubuh

·         Mantrawara : Memanjatkan doa

·         Konyohan : Mengolesi tubuh dengan ramuan minyak hangat

·         Siram Warih : Berendam dengan ramuan

·         Ngunjuk Jampi : Minum jamu ramuan pengantin

GKR Hayu melaksanakan perawatan pranikah Ngadisalira di Keputren Kraton Yogyakarta. Treatment ini dilaksanakan oleh ahli Ngadisalira, Worro H. Astuti yang juga seorang master di Nurkadhatyan The Ritual Spa.

Perawatan Ngadisalira menggunakan konsep “Lenging Bondowoso”. Lenging Bondowoso adalah konsep dasar perawatan spa Jawa kuno yang berfokus pada titik-titik energi di beberapa bagian tubuh. “Konsep Lenging Bondowoso ini dapat menjaga keseimbangan jiwa, raga, serta sukma dan juga berfungsi untuk memberikan  efek relaksasi, melancarkan peredaran darah, dan menjaga kebugaran,” tutur Worro.

Terdapat beberapa tahapan saat melakukan Lenging Bondowoso, yakni: meditasi (fokus), doa, memberi energi, lalu latihan pernafasan. Proses pemberian energi dilakukan oleh Worro dengan mengusap kedua telapak tangan, dada, bahu, kedua telinga, dan wajah GKR Hayu.  Melalui titik-titik tubuh tersebut, energi dialirkan dengan menggunakan bunga kanthil sejodho (kanthil putih dan kanthil kuning) yang diletakkan di bagian ubun-ubun, diantara dua alis, dagu, sampai dada.

Sifat GKR Hayu yang kalem, bijaksana, dan serius dijadikan tema Ngadisalira. Tema ini dinamai Palermaning Rasa. Tema ini pula yang mendasari penggunaan bahan-bahan yang digunakan Worro dalam proses Ngadisalira nantinya. Bahan-bahan ramuan Ngadisalira yang digunakan juga diambil langsung dari Kraton dimana semua diramu dengan bahan-bahan segar, tanpa menggunakan bahan kimia.

Bahan-bahan ini masing-masing memiliki fungsi khusus pada tubuh. Misalnya saja pada saat proses Lenging Bondowoso, terdapat bunga mawar, bunga melati, dan kanthil sejodho memberikan efek relaksasi, meningkatkan gairah, serta mengatasi stress. Kanthil sejodho bukan hanya sebagai simbol dari pengantin, kedua kanthil tersebut juga apabila digunakan secara bersamaan akan memiliki efek harum yang lebih kuat.

Ritual Ngadisalira selanjutnya adalah Mangiran. Mangiran hampir sama dengan luluran, hanya saja, saat selesai Mangiran, tubuh tak perlu dibasuh air. Untuk GKR Hayu, Mangiran dilakukan dengan menggunakan produk Panca Rasa Manunggal seri Nurjuwita (Paleremaning Rasa).

Panca Rasa Manunggal adalah ramuan perawatan tubuh yang berguna untuk keselarasan jiwa dan raga dimana konsepnya diambil dari kepribadian lima putri Kraton Yogyakarta. Produk perawatan Panca Rasa Manunggal dapat dinikmati di Nurkadhatyan The Ritual Spa, yang saat ini hanya melayani In Room Treatment di Hotel Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta.

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