Ask any Indonesian what they know about totok, and they’ll most likely start talking about a scene in a martial arts film in which a character’s pressure points are attacked…However, the English translation for the word sounds less violent and more medical: acupressure. But combine it with the word “aura,” and some people laugh.

“This method has nothing to do with mysticism,” said Salma Dian Priharjati, the founder of Dian Kenanga Totok Aura…She challenged the skepticism of people who believe that the concept of aura belongs in the supernatural domain.

“An aura is an energy that everybody is born with. Here, we do not make you feel more spiritual. We heal your energy so you feel more relaxed,” 38-year-old Dian said. “

The Jakarta Globe, Kemang, South Jakarta, September 23