Malaysia, with its diversity of cultures and vast abundance of natural resources, provides the backdrop for health rituals that are among the oldest in the world. The various types of Malay, Chinese and Indian health practices make Malaysia the ideal place for complete rejuvenation. A large number of spas in the country also offer Balinese and Thai treatments for the convenience of guests.
Body Massage, Herbal Baths and Facial Treatment
Experience a traditional Malay body massage, herbal baths, facials and a host of other treatments, all based on ancient healing rituals and health disciplines. Malay herbal treatments use a combination of various indigenous herbs and plants which contain natural vitamins, minerals and curative properties.
Indulge in luxuries such as traditional crème bath hair treatment which employ the use of coconut milk, aloe vera and crushed hibiscus leaves, among others. Be enlightened by the jamu experience where medicinal plants and local herbs such as turmeric are mixed with natural sweeteners like honey or palm sugar and consumed for its detoxifying and health enhancing properties. These jamu preparations both in tonic and pellet forms have long been consumed in Malaysia and Indonesia as the ingredients are freshly prepared and contain no chemical additives.
Ayurveda is believed to be the oldest system of medicine on earth, originating from India some 5,000 years ago. Ayurvedic medicine and treatments have also found is way into spas in Asia. While most hotel-based spas might offer just an Ayurvedic massage, in Malaysia there are a few establishments that provide a greater range of Ayurvedic treatments.
From the Orient, the practice of acupressure is coming back in style with spas around Malaysia offering treatments such a foot reflexology and the Japanese shiatsu massage.
Most spa operators in Malaysia tie in with hotels or resorts. Malaysia is home to world-renowned spas such as the Spa Village in Pangkor Laut Resort and Mandara Spa in Langkawi island and Cherating, where you can be pampered like royalty. Some spas boast authentic Malay kampong-like architecture, practice only traditional Malay spa treatments and make their own fresh ingredients and oils. There are also independent spa establishments mostly in the urban areas that are located in major shopping centers.
Enjoy stress-relieving body massage using oil made with local herbs or try out an invigorating body scrub. Bathe in warm herbal floral water while enjoying a soothing cup of ginger tea. Give your hair a special treat of freshly prepared herbal and fruit shampoo and conditioner. Get yourself a manicure or a pedicure. If all you need is a foot massage, then you needn’t only head to a spa. There are many foot reflexology outlets within shopping malls mainly in city centers such as Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru. These places offer the perfect respite after a day of shopping and sightseeing. Foot reflexology is believed to have many healthy and therapeutic benefits such as relieving stress and stiff necks, while improving your blood circulation and hormonal balance.
In addition to these popular spa attractions, Malaysia is home to many natural health spots. Hot pools and cold springs are found in forest clearings amidst flower gardens in places like Poring Hot Springs in Sabah. A dip in the curative waters here and other places such as Tambun Hot Springs, Pedas Hot Spring and Kulim Hot Springs in the peninsular are said to leave visitors feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.