We often hear about Thai or Balinese massage in the region of Asia. But do you know Malaysia also has its signature homegrown massage named Urutan Malaysia?
Urutan Malaysia is a type of massage that originated in Malaysia, incorporating notable elements from Malaysia’s diverse cultures, such as Malay, Chinese, Indian, Peranakan, and the natives of Sabah and Sarawak. For instance, the basics of massage are derived from Malay and indigenous communities’ modalities, combined with Indian head massage that extends to the neck and shoulders, Chinese Qi Gong breathing and Tui Na techniques, reflexology, and herbal foot soak.
The objective of the massage is to relax, rejuvenate, and re-energise the massage client in a holistic Malaysian wellness package. Incorporating the five senses – touch, smell, sound, sight and taste, the Urutan Malaysia offers therapy with nature-based oil ingredients and healing music in the 90-minute massage session.
Urutan Malaysia was created by Malaysian experts from various ethnic backgrounds in the respective fields to highlight the traditional healing systems and techniques passed down from one generation to the next. It took six years to combine and develop the wellness practices of various ethnicities in Malaysia.
The Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MOTAC) Malaysia first introduced Urutan Malaysia in 2017 to promote local wellness traditions and diversify and enhance Malaysia’s tourism offerings. According to MOTAC, one of the goals is to turn the country into a global spa and wellness hub. Hence, Urutan Malaysia offers such an elevating experience to tourists and Malaysians alike.
A herbal massage oil called ‘minyak urut’ is used to perform this massage. The oil is concocted from coconut as the base and mixed with herbs containing natural warming properties like galangal, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger, including turmeric leaves, screwpine, cinnamon, and coriander, to relax the muscles and joints, and at the same time reinvigorate the body.
For those who suffer from joint stiffness and muscle tension, Urutan Malaysia is highly recommended, as you will feel refreshed and more energised after having the massage. It also helps to stimulate blood circulation and the lymphatic system, reduce stress, help with anxiety, and induce better sleep.
Urutan Malaysia utilises extensive palm work that distributes pressure evenly to cover a broad range of muscles. Massage clients can request the preferred amount of pressure they would like to receive.
You may not feel sore but float into a euphoric state of relaxation as the massage is performed professionally by well-trained Urutan Malaysia practitioners who can deliver efficacious and pain-free massage.
In general, there are no known side effects from Urutan Malaysia since it emphasises relaxation and rejuvenation. However, massage clients with health conditions are recommended to seek medical advice or inform the therapist before receiving the massage.
Interested spa-goers can indulge in the Urutan Malaysia massage by heading to the nearest spa in Malaysia. Alternatively, you can go to Teratak Spa at Seri Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur (Contact number: +6 019 449 3121) and inquire about the Urutan Malaysia service.