M'sia massage: cakar harimau ? Urut batin ?
MALACCA: A local massage technique cakar harimau (tiger's claw) has so intrigued an Australian television producer that he plans to produce a documentary on the subject.
For this method, the masseuse uses all five fingers to produce a sensual and relaxed feeling.
Luke Adam Mitchell said he was astonished with the slew of spas in the country offering various types of massage.
“People tell me cakar harimau is very invigorating although I admit I have never tried it before.
“Another style they often ask me to try out is urut batin (literally translated as inner spirit massage),” he told The Star during an interview here yesterday.
Mitchell, 48, said he hoped the documentary would encourage tourists to try out these massages.
“I am going to name my documentary My (Malaysia) Best Spas and Massages and the series will be sold to international television channels,” he said. The programme will also showcase Malaysian cultures, food, heritage and wildlife.
In the TV show, Mitchell rides a specially modified Batman superbike and goes all over Malaysia.
Mitchell is also in the midst of producing another series on ancient gastronomy.
“Not many are aware that Malacca was a major hub where various spices were traded,” he said.