World's Wackiest Spa Treatments
Spas have come a long way from offering traditional facials and massages. In fact, hotels and resorts with spa facilities are enticing guests with unusual services, and the public is hooked. Although quirky, all treatments provide the spa-goer with benefits that she otherwise wouldn't experience in typical health and wellness environments. We rounded up the world's weirdest spa treatments that give visitors a new approach to wellness -- in the most unusual way, of course.
After a full-body, colored-clay exfoliation, guests enter the Sunspectra 2000 Color Pod table rigged with music, vibrating massage, infused with essential oils and full-spectrum lighting to achieve balance and harmony. With a high-tech, light-sensitive Aura Imaging camera, the therapist will then take a photo of your aura (varying wavelengths of the energy field are translated into colors, then displayed in your picture). She’ll then analyze your aura for you.
The fish softly remove dead skin cells from the surface of the feet without touching any other layers and deep-cleans the pores. The fish nibblers are said to exude an enzyme that slows the return of skin problems (like acne). It's a whole new kind of pedicure experience, lasting 25 minutes. Sidenote: While the risk of infection is minimal, it never hurts to stay up on the facts and ask the spa about their hygiene practices.
Finally, the guest submerges into a soaking tub filled with 6 bottles of orange blossom ale, citrus-based foaming suds and fresh grapefruit, orange and lemon. Beer yeast, as it turns out, is rich in elements that increase skin elasticity, alleviates acne by suppressing sebum and has proven to have antibacterial properties. Talk about catching a buzz!
Then, 2 old ladies on the farm boil the raw clay for 3 days and then form them into balls. Add rooibos tea, aloe vera, essential minerals, marula oil, artemisia, African potato and wild dagga (which is cannabis!) and you have a cleansing and nourishing wrap created from indigenous traditional healing plants based on the theme of the 7 chakras and 7 colors of the rainbow.
Without sight, the blind men have a heightened sense of touch, finding all the tight muscles and kinks in the guest’s body. An accompanying foot massage relieves any feet tension from morning temple tours. Amansara pays the blind therapists 4 to 5 times more than they would make at a budget massage parlor in the main town, so everyone wins with this treatment.
It's also the deepest massage treatment available in the world. Often, the elbow used in a deep-tissue massage can only go so far, but a foot has more reach, not to mention more comfort. It's just that you have a woman hanging from the beams, walking all over your body with her bare feet.
Most therapists are certified to practice "energy medicine," and some gravitate toward a work path that utilizes intuitive and psychic ability. Not weird enough? More often than not, the therapist will receive or intuit information regarding body armoring and how it is connected to emotions, holding patterns and belief systems to the specific person.