Everyone who has had a massage has endured some discomfort, whether it being the intense motions of a deep tissue sports massage or the uneasy flexibilities performed during the Thai style. However, one massage therapist has taken deep tissue massaging to whole new levels, by offering to BITE her clients as part of the experience – and it is proving popular in the celebrity community.
Dorothy Stein, who goes by the nickname ‘Dr. Dot’, has been delivering the unusual form of massaging for as long as she can remember and has name dropped Eminem, Katy Perry and Simon Cowell as just some of her extensive A-list clientele. (Although Simon requested for her not to be ‘too hard’ with her incisors.)
How is it performed?
Similar to many massages, 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. If the body was tensed up it would hurt. Therefore, the alternative masseuse asks her clients to relax and enjoy the bizarre sensation as she finishes the experience with a nibble on the neck.
The biting lasts for about five to 10 minutes and is treated as a warm up before Dr. Dot performs the deep tissue massage. While some may think she is bonkers, the world renowned massage therapist explains she has good reason for subjecting her clients to such a peculiar form of massaging. According to Dr. Dot, biting helps to tender the muscles and gets the blood flowing, giving her a deeper reach before pulling out her oils to proceed with the rubdown.
When did she begin the bite massage?
Before the days of being dubbed Dr. Dot, Dorothy Stein was instructed by her mother to bite the back of her neck to provide a more intense massage. Reflecting back on her childhood, she admits massaging was fixated into her from an early age.
Later becoming an expert in deep tissue massaging, Dr. Dot built up a network of celebrity clients starting in 1983, when she became a regular at Def Leppard’s shows. The massage therapist would take her hands (and teeth) to massage the English rock band on their tour.
For over a decade, Dr. Dot worked for free as a way of receiving complimentary shows for the big bands. In 1994, she got her big break when she began earning $2000 a week when embarking her first of three Rolling Stones tours. According to the masseuse, drummer Charlie Watts insisted she should be paid for her unique massaging techniques.
Now world renowned, many of Dr. Dot’s clients are from the Hollywood circle. Kanye West allowed the masseuse to bite his body, insisting Jimi Hendrix’s music played in the background. She’s also admitted to David Bowie and Courtney Love being old fans of her nibbling abilities.
Is biting the right massage option?
While many rejoice Dr. Dot’s bizarre signature move, just like many other massages, the experts have their concerns. Doctor Holly Philips admits biting runs the risk of opening wounds, with 10 to 15 percent becoming infected by bacteria. Potential transmissions of viruses such as Hepatitis B are also in Holly’s concerns. Dr. Dot ensures her clients that biting is optional and only usually offers a nibble to clients she has been massaging a while. She explained to Fox News that Mariah Carey is a ‘germaphobe’ and wasn’t partial to feeling her bite.
Is Dr. Dot’s biting massage for you?
A new client of Dr. Dot’s bizarre style of massaging labelled the experience as ‘the best and craziest sensation’ she’d ever felt during a massage, but admits if you’re not comfortable with pain then a visit to Dr. Dot should not be on your agenda. For those who are daring and are willing to try new things then Dr. Dot performs her biting talents on home visits for £150 per hour.
Other bizarre massage styles
Dr. Dot is not alone when it comes to wonderfully whacky massage styles, while some have some sense behind them, others are just downright bonkers. Here are just a few that could give the biting sensation a run for her money…
In South Korea, the desire to have impossibly small features is a growing trend, with cosmetic surgery not always an option many are turning to ‘Golki Therapy’ to achieve the desired look. The therapy involves massaging the face in the hope of realigning the bone structure to its original and symmetrical shape. The bizarre form of massaging is supported by the Seoul National University and doesn’t come cheap, a program of 20 sessions is usually offered to a client, setting them back more than two thousand pounds.
Elephant massage anyone?
A massage can be relaxing and soothing, but after a few sessions can be monotonous. A Thai jungle camp is offering massage using generic strokes and kneading sensations, but with just one big difference, the massage is performed by elephants. That’s right, elephants – and its proving to be a growing phenomenon. Many tourists are visiting the Chang Mai enclosure to be massaged by the trunks and huge stumps of the five tonne animals. One tourist told the Daily Mail it looks quite dangerous but ‘if you are brave enough, it is one for the bucket list.’
What about a snail facial?
Japan has been using snail facials for decades, but it was never thought the bizarre from of treatment would take off in the UK. But it did – a few years ago a Northamptonshire salon introduced the anti-ageing treatment at a cost of £50 per session. The procedure simply involves three large snails slithering up and down the face, with the mucus from the slimy creatures believed to have many anti-ageing and health benefits.