People use massage for a variety of health-related purposes, including to relieve pain, rehabilitate sports injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address anxiety and depression, and aid general wellness.
Massage has been practiced for thousands of years. Today, there a lot of massage therapy styles wide a wide variety or pressures, movements, and techniques. These all involve pressing, rubbing, or manipulating muscles and other soft tissues with hands and fingers. Sometimes even forearms, elbows or feet are used.
But did you know that there are weird techniques of massage? What about massaging using snail, knife, or an elephant? Maybe this type of massage seems so unusual, but try to check this out!
Face Slapping Massage
Normally slaps have been considered as a negative impression. But Thai spas have a treatment called face slapping treatment to remove wrinkles and thin faces. And they believe that it may reduce your age by 20 years.
In the CosquilleArte Spa in Madrid, Spain offers tickling massage to decrease the stress of the clients. Like the children tickle others to tolerate them, Spa members tickle the clients using soft feathers in their back and other places to see how ticklish they are. They do it in the darkened room with soft music to release the stress.
Spas in Japan, Russia and UK offer this snail massage, it believed that this massage can be used to regeneration of the skin, eliminates wrinkles scars and burn marks.
This ancient practice in Taiwan is only to the people who are brave enough to handle this. The patient’s body is tapped with a sharp not flat knife to release the energy and healing the blood flow.
An ancient treatment, a towel is soaked with alcohol and placed on the body in the winter season. It is believed that in can prevent them from the diseases such as flu and colds. And this is done to help open pores and soothe skins.
A spa in Israel used 6 non venomous snakes to massage you to relieve from muscle pain and soreness. If the snakes are bigger, then the treatment will be on deeper. In Indonesia they use pythons slithering on your back to create the fear which helps metabolism.
The elephant has been trained to gently press his foot on the trainer’s back at a tourist park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Some use their limbs to gently massage and others use their trunks to do it quicker.
A Russian treatment involves hitting with a bunch of heated twigs normally made up of birch, oak and eucalyptus which helps to exfoliate skin.
It sounds painful and strange but in Four Seasons Resort in Mexico offers this service free from pain. Thorns are pulled out and heated in warm water before the treatment. This will dehydrate, detoxify and helps heal sunburns.
It is a traditional Chinese treatment I which the skin in scraped to produced light bruising. They use spoon, coin or similar tools to scarp the body. They believe it release unhealthy elements from injuries and simulates blood flow and healing.