Millions of people worldwide are actively engaged in the timeless—and expensive—search for the fountain of youth. Cucumbers over the eyes are so passé; there are many more spa treatments – both modern and historical – available that promise to deliver you right to the eternal youth’s doorstep via some unusual methods. How far will some people go in the name of endless physical beauty and ultimate relaxation? Rest assured that the answer will most often be TOO FAR.
Originating in Israel, this bizarre snake massage treatment is actually supposed to calm the person receiving it. Can you sense the Zen rushing over you yet? It’s definitely a bargain with an average price of $70 per treatment.
If slithering snakes aren’t your cup of tea, try a cup of beer. That’s right, if you’ve ever felt the drunken pressing urge to chill in a cup of beer, then the Bernard Beer Spa in Prague is keeping a tub on tap for you. The full beer bath experience includes the bath itself, a massage, and remedial packs. All of these are supposed to harmonize the functions of the body, which is pretty much the opposite effect of taking it internally. Beer, Bath, and Beyond!
In the mid 1800s, Dr. Feliks Boczkowski noticed that the miners working inside salt-lined caves had significantly lower cases of lung disease – and hence a new spa treatment was born. Basking in the caves is also said to help with allergies, asthma, stress, high blood pressure, and skin conditions.
Most popularly used by Japanese geishas to revive and refresh their skin between heavy makeup applications, the Nightingale-poop facial has gained popularity in recent years. This highly sought after poo is so rare that only a select few spas in Japan carry it, so be sure to be an early bird and get your name on that list.
After a long winter, we could go to a normal salon and get a standard, boring pedicure, but why do that when you can have little fish nibble at your feet? Hungry “Doctor Fish” (approximately 150 of them) are placed in a little tub where we can dip our feet in exchange for currency. All of our dead foot skin is their dinner. Bon appétit!