Strolling through a Taiwanese market will fully engulf you into stall after stall selling traditional clothes, bags and food. Therefore, you maybe startled to see a stall where all the employees are carrying knives in TWO hands. No, this is not a butcher shop. Instead a unique massage clinic in which therapists use knives as part of the experience. Tourists and residents of Tapei are visiting the downtown market and paying around £7.50 for ten minutes of the peculiar massage.
Armed with a knife in each hand, the therapist finds pressure points throughout the body. They then use a series of chopping motions which relieves the ‘negative energy’ from the muscles. This reduces insomnia, improves circulation and reduces aches and pains of the muscles. Sounds like similar benefits to the Swedish style? Well the ‘knife therapists’ state clients often visit them after becoming fed up of other popular massaging styles not doing enough for their ailments.
The therapists ensure the clients are fully clothed and the blades are blunt to minimise the potentially dangerous risks. The stall, which can see up to six therapists performing the knife massage at a time, has never had an accident – but would you be brave enough to go under the blade?
Forget the sharp touch of a knife massage and have a slimy massage session – literally. Japan have been offering snail facials for years now, but it seems the little creatures have slithered their way into the UK.
A Northamptonshire salon is charging £50 per session for five large snails to slither along the face, with clients being advised to book a block of sessions for the full effects of the anti-ageing treatment. The snail’s mucus contains natural antibiotics and hyaluronic acids which hydrate the skin, with many middle-aged women opting for the slimy procedure as an alternative to products which contain strong chemicals. The salon, which homes more than 50 snails, feed the creatures organic fruit and vegetables to maximise the health benefits for the client.
The owner Diane Corby stressed that the facial isn’t a gimmick, adding to the Daily Mail “It does seem a bit strange at first but the treatment is actually very relaxing and the skin feels marvellous afterwards.”
So what are you waiting for? Put that bottle of Clinique moisturiser down and visit Diane and her slimy team.
A free massage after a long day trekking around a sweltering hot zoo might sound too good to be true, but it’s not. However, would you still be keen if it had slithering implications?
Forget the soft and gentle slime of a snail facial, we’ve moved onto a much bigger creature here. A Philippines zoo is offering snake massage to visitors, with the procedure said to be therapeutic and calming. The bizarre massage involves those brave enough lying on a bamboo bed while four giant Burmese pythons (weighing more than 60 kilograms each!) slither across them.
The pythons are fed around 10 chickens before the massage to curb any hunger urges they may have. Sounds safe, right? Well, those brave enough are given a list of ‘not do’s’ before the procedure, including not to shout for help, as the snakes can confuse this as predators or prey. The tourists are also advised not to exhale air directly onto the reptile as this can aggravate them.
The zoo manager Giovanni Romarate told the Metro “At first visitors feel fear, but most of those who try the snake massage say they like it.”
Philippines is not the only country offering snake massage. Though much smaller than the Pythons used in the Philippines zoo, an Israeli spa hotel is incorporating snakes as part of their pampering sessions. The therapists allow the reptiles to wriggle over the naked body and face. They promise the treatment to be relaxing, but are you convinced?
Injury or chronic pain, deep tissue massaging is often recommended to nurse an ailment back into good health. Though the treatment is known to provide discomfort, would you still be keen if it included the power of teeth? Similar to many massages, American therapist Dr. Dot simply requests her clients to undress and situate themselves facing down on the massage table. She then places her hand on the spine and works her teeth up from just above the buttocks, to the shoulder and repeats on the other side, avoiding the spine and other bones, ending with a nibble on the neck.
Sounds peculiar, right? However, the masseuse has become an Internet phenomenon with her massaging proving popular amongst the A-listers. Kanye West, Katy Perry, Eminem and Simon Cowell have all felt her bite – although music mogul Simon requested the therapist not to be ‘too hard’ with her incisors.
For our last bizarre massage tool, we are really going to add fuel to the fire, literally. Originating in China, but taking off in other parts of the globe, fire massage is used to prevent illness. Those brave enough lie directly next to flame- engulfed towels, which work to prevent the onset of colds and flus during the colder months and Winter. The massage is recommended to those who like to feel hot and sweaty, maybe those partial to a sunbed or love the feel of a sweltering sauna. Though a painless experience, would you be brave enough to feel the burn?
There you have it, the most bonkers, bizarre and baffling massaging tools used across the globe. It seems like you can incorporate just about any device into massage nowadays, next year we’ll see crocodile massages! Maybe a step too far, but for sure there would be some lunatics across the world willing to try….