Weirdest Spa Treatments

Spa treatments are the services that a spa provides. The most popular spa treatment in the United States, by far, is massage. It has been around for thousands of years and has a number of health benefits.

Other popular spa treatments include facials and body treatments like salt glows and body wraps. Most spas have a nail salon offering spa manicures and spa pedicures. Some spas, especially hotel and resort spas, usually have signature services that might combine several different treatments: a body scrub followed by a massage and a mini-facial, for instance. Many day spas are attached to salons that offer additional service, like haircuts, coloring, styling, and makeup.

Spa treatments are presented in a spa menu that is basically a list of everything a spa offers. They are usually grouped together by the type of spa treatment, and most spas list the services by name. There are several categories you can expect to see.

Snake massage

For brave individuals with common aches and muscle pains, Ada Barak’s northern Israel spa offers a slithery solution. In this $70 procedure, dozens of non-venomous snakes are draped over the body, eliciting a variety of sensations. Small snakes, such as the milk snake, brush lightly over the skin; larger ones, such as corn and king snakes, provide deeper pressure to alleviate sore muscles.

Fish pedicure

When a pumice stone isn’t enough, some people turn to fish to soften their heels. “Fish pedicures” are popular in Europe and Asia, and run between $40 and $100. The practice is slowly popping up in American salons—though some states have cited hygienic issues and banned the treatment. Prior to a traditional pedicure, clients soak their feet in a pool with over 100 garra rufa fish (from the family Cypriniformes), which nibble away dead skin to leave feet soft and refreshed. No, the garra rufa is not related to the piranha, and no, the procedure isn’t recommended for those with ticklish feet.

Snail facial

Snail mucus has long been recognized for its health properties, but a salon in Japan has taken the natural treatment to a whole new level. For around $100, the Celebrity Escargot Course, or “snail facial, ” allows clients to come face to face with the mollusks—literally—in order to reap benefits from their secretions. Under the supervision of a snail wrangler—er, therapist—snails glide across the face as they please, leaving a slimy trail of antioxidants and proteins in their wake.






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