Unusual Massages You Wouldn’t Dare to Try
Time to relax – what is better than a good massage that would soften your shoulders, back, your entire body’s muscles… Of course if your masseuse is talented you would feel reborn afterwards, but sometimes people like to try different masseuses like…well, see for yourself.
1 Python massage
Tourists at Cebu City Zoo in the Philippines might think twice about having relaxing massage when they see exactly what it involves. Four giant Burmese pythons, weighing a combined 250kg, slither across those brave enough to get comfortable with the snakes on a bamboo bed. The pythons, named Michelle, Walter, EJ and Daniel, are each fed around 10 chickens before the massage begins to help curb any hunger pains they might have. The slithering motion of the snakes during the 10 to 15 minute sessions is said to be therapeutic and calming. Nope, we’re still not convinced nor brave to try this.
2 Cactus massage
Maybe not as dangerous as the python massage, but pretty uncomfortable, unless you like the stingy feeling. According to the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita, Mexico, the Hakali cactus massage is pain free (the needles are removed from the paddles) and it helps hydrate the skin. For $250, a warm meringue made of cactus, tuna (the blossom of the cactus) and plaque is blended with tequila to hydrate the skin.
3 Tickling massage
Well, it’s not that you are actually getting relaxed when somebody tickles you. But in CosquilleArte Spa, in Madrid, Spain, they use delicate tickling techniques to relieve clients’ stress. Instead of jabbing their fingers into clients’ sides and armpits, as tickling usually goes, the massage therapists trace their fingertips and soft feathers down clients’ backs and other areas and adjust their touches according to how ticklish each person is. Although most first time customers clench when they’re touched, they leave the wacky establishment a lot more relaxed than when they came in.
The name of the place can be translated both as Tickle Yourself and Tickle Art and a 30-minute session costs €25 ($35); for an hour, the price is €45 ($60).
4 Meat Cleaver Massage
No, it’s not a title for a horror picture. In Taiwan, this unusual kind of massage is given only to those who are brave enough (otherwise you may have clients dying from fear). Knife massages date back more than 2,000 years to China, where they originated. During the treatment, the patient’s body is tapped with the sharp (not the flat) side of a 20cm blade. The “knife massage” is supposed to release the body’s stored energy, increase blood flow and wash away harmful toxins.
5 Gondola massage
Now tourists can get a massage on a gondola while sailing around the canals of the city. At Casanova Spa at Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Italy, relaxation-seekers who can’t get enough of the city’s sights can set sail with a Gondola Massage, performed in a private nook in one of Venice’s alluring lagoons. To protect your skin, this outdoor massage is given using a special oil with SPF protection. Well this one is actually quite appealing.
6 Massage with African snails
This massage is also called Celebrity Escargot Course, is believed to help in regeneration of the skin, eliminating wrinkles, scars, and traces of burn marks. The treatment involves having three of the creatures slither up and down your face, leaving behind their slime, which can recover damaged skin.
7 Face slapping massage
This unusual slapping massage is being led by Mawin and Tata New Series World who are two of only ten licensed practitioners of the art of something called Thai Face Slapping, which is also known as Massage Boxing and Face Slapping Natural. It’s a rare beauty treatment based on slap therapy, and promises to erase wrinkles, thin faces, and reverse signs of aging. As these, if we can call them, masseuses say, this method is less than 100-years-old and were invented by the grandmother of their teacher, who has promised to only teach ten humans on Earth the secrets of skincare slapping before she dies. Mawin and Tata don’t even know who the other certified slappers are. They are the only two people outside of Thailand who know the fine art of face slapping, and they’re located in San Francisco. The spa will soon also offer butt-punching, for customers whose bottoms need shaping up. Okay, interesting, right?