Yayasan Ayo Mandiri
Yayasan Ayo Mandiri
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euph222
Boston, MA74 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
We had two 60 min full body massages (150,000 Rp each) and two 30 minute foot massages (120,000 Rp each) while in town for 6 days and enjoyed our massages.

This place was started by a Dutch woman in 2007 and trains locals with disabilities to be professional massage therapists and then to teach other disabled persons as well in their home villages so that they can all make a living. It's a great mission worth supporting. Our therapists were very friendly and even gave us hugs and kisses after our last massage.

Only a few folks speak English so it might be worthwhile to translate "I want a strong/soft massage" before you arrive (though some of the therapists are deaf). The prices are higher than what you might find in Bali, but the facility is very clean. Just gesture to the air conditioning to have them turn it on if you're hot in their massage rooms.

The location is about a 5-10 minute walk from the Main Street but very easy to find. We suggest that you book in advance. Cash only.
Written September 13, 2016
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Yunnanwanderer
Dong Hoi, Vietnam37 contributions
Jul 2017 • Solo
I called in for a massage around 11:20; was not sure how busy they would be and could not reach them on the ph number listed in Lonely Planet. Turns out I was the only client at that time, and could have a 60 minute acupressure massage before they closed for lunch at 12:30 (reopening 3pm)

The masseuse was excellent, skilled and efficient and hitting all the right places on my travel worn body. I was asked before she started 'is hard ok?' I said yes. Actually this might have been a criterion for which masseuse I was assigned to.
Clean massage room; good tables; partitioned by curtains; good attention to modesty even from my blind masseuse, a foot scrub to start and a nice shower to finish.
What a fine experience!

A bonus is that this establishment is supporting people who would otherwise be unemployed to live self sufficient lives with dignity.

If I am ever back in Labuan Bajo, I'd consider doing the half day massage training that is on offer here.
Written July 20, 2017
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Daniela
Wiener Neustadt, Austria8 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
We decided to do the mini-massage-workshop which started with a 60 minute massage (not just a massage, almost physio therapy - really good!), afterwards we decided to focus on back massage and step by step learned different tecniques. We could repeat again and again to remember step by step.
It is a really nice way to spend time in Labuan Bajo apart from diving and the busy "city center".
Written September 28, 2016
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Julie V
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
Apr 2016 • Couples
Cant recommend this place enough. Both our masseuses were incredible. My creaky-neck has finally been silenced! Magic fingers.
Written April 20, 2016
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AristochatBB
Paris, France145 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
I discovered this hidden from noisy Labuan Bajo center thanks to Lonely Planet.
I got twice the 100-min Balinese full body massage and it was fantastic. Moreover, during the foot bath ritual proceeding the massage I could enjoy a beautiful view over Labuan Bajo.
The price is very competitive, 150000IDR and paradoxically it was one of the best massages I got during my 3-weak stay in Indonesia.
All masseurs are people with some disability: deaf/hard of hearing or sight impaired. They all are certified and experienced therapist.
Being massaged at Yayasan Ayo Mandiri was to me an absolute relaxation moment. After the massage I could take shower and was offered a herb tea.
Written August 14, 2015
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fluxtov
5 contributions
Jun 2015
Massage was rejuvenating! Therapists were professional and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Was indeed a pleasant surprise. Only downside is the location - not in the town area.
Written June 30, 2015
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Diana Mangalagiu
Paris, France475 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
We booked it by the Bintang Flores hotel which recommends it. It is great massage, professional techniques, very clean and nice place. The masseurs have disabilities and definitely the best massage abilities. We first tried Flores Spa which was a full disapointment.
Written July 11, 2014
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rqsyd
Labuan Bajo19 contributions
May 2012 • Solo
EVERY time I leave the massage and training centre I feel a million dollars. It is one of the most perfect full body massages - just the right pressure and time spent on each area to not leave u wanting more in one spot. The masseurs really seam to understand and respond, another example that dis-abled is a funny word to use for gifted people!

I usually go around 6om to see the sun start to set over the harbour and islands of Komodo National Park while the hour-long massage started with a foot bath, and then my piece of heaven finishes with hot shower (yay!) and a nice cup of tea.

I have had a few reflexology sessions but usually only with the students they train to either work in the clinic or set up in their village. Each time I'm amazed that time spent on my feet, arms and head can make my whole body feel so much better. However I always go back to the full-body massage the next time!

I live in Labuan Bajo so come here 2-3 times a month. I'm a volunteer with the other Disabled People's Organisation in town started by the same Dutch physio, so the clinic has a place in my heart but these comments are written as a (regular! paying!) client
Written May 22, 2012
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Heli and Jari
10 contributions
Dec 2019
Had a 90 minute massage, which was by far the best we've had in Indonesia (Bali & Lombok). The massage was thorough and strong enough, they made a very good job with the trigger points. The masseurs have each some kind of disability, so by choosing their place you are also helping out a bit.
Written December 18, 2019
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Suzanne
12 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
We took a full body massage at Ayo Mandiri of 60 minutes. We received a very warm welcome and had a great massage. The people that work there (either blind or deaf) are very skillful and friendly. By taking a massage at this place, you support locals with a handicap. I think this is an amazing initative and gives an extra glance to the experience.
Definitely recommend!
Written November 5, 2019
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