|Traditional spa treatments include facials and massage.|
Spas seem like neat places; I’m not overly informed on the subject though, considering I mostly see them as places to go in the future, when I’m rich (of course). I think of manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, saunas and aromatherapy when I imagine spa treatments. I do not think of lava shells, getting muddy, burning sticks, suction cups, or scratching myself with a tree.
But apparently those all have their part to play when it comes to spas. Check out these 5 crazy spa treatments.
If you’re a fan of mud wrestling, you might be one to try a mud bath, which are offered at various Napa Valley locations (among others). Muds that have tons of minerals in them can do wonders for the skin, but if you’re squeamish about getting dirty then you might not be a fan.
Acupuncture is perhaps the best reference I have for this next crazy spa treatment, called “moxibustion,” or “moxa” for short. A type of Chinese therapy, moxa involves burning mugwort sticks, which look like Chinese cigars. It can be practiced directly (ouch!) but also indirectly, where the burning sticks are placed near the skin or near acupuncture needles. It is said to stimulate circulation and induce “a smoother flow of blood and qi.”
|Cupping promotes circulation & healing.|
Last but not least is the olive branch massage. Olive oil can have great benefits for your skin, so I guess I shouldn’t really be surprised that some massage therapists use smoothly carved olive branches to rub pure olive oil directly into the skin. The Mizpe Hayamim spa in Israel, calls the treatment a “deep massage of the muscles, the tendons, and ligaments of the body.”
What are some other crazy spa treatments you have heard of? Which have you tried, or do you plan on trying when, like me, you’re rich someday?