7 Bizarre Spa Treatments from Around the World
Living in New York City has a ton of perks. You can order mussels Provencal at 3 a.m., attend a beer garden playgroup, eat kale ice cream for every meal and even get a caviar back massage right down the street.
About that back massage. The city is also home to some of the world’s weirdest spa treatments, so whether you’re looking to soak in a tub full of red wine, coat your face in snail slime or get scrubbed with leaves, there’s an NYC spa that does it.
Here are the seven strangest spa treatments we’re dying to try (and, uh, are kind of afraid to).
The French Caviar Back Massage
You’ve eaten it on crackers–now get it slathered on your back. Shell out $265 for a 60-minute treatment at the Ritz-Carlton’s La Prairie Spa, and you’ll apparently leave with firmer, smoother skin and increased elasticity. Because if there’s one thing we need, it’s firm back skin.
The Spanish Red Wine Soak
Miami Heat player Amar’e Stoudemire swears by red-wine baths to soothe his sore joints. After soaking in a tub of actual Spanish red wine to rehydrate, exfoliate with a grape-seed treatment, followed by some R&R in the steam room. The three-and-a-half-hour experience starts at $502.
The Japanese Geisha Facial
We go to great lengths to avoid being pooped on by pigeons in Central Park, so we’re mystified by the fact that people would actually pay $180 to get nightingale droppings slathered on their face. (Some ancient beauty secrets can stay in the past, thanks.)
The Russian Platza Treatment
In this $50 traditional Russian ritual at the Mermaid Spa, you’ll lie facedown as you’re rubbed aggressively from head to toe with soapy oak leaves. We’re gonna need a shvitz after this one.
The Korean Snail-Slime Facial
The patented EscarGlow facial by Dr. Matthew Schulman uses snail secretions (don’t worry, they don’t actually crawl on your face) to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles and brighten dull skin. One slimy treatment will set you back $375.
The Indian Ayurvedic Head Massage
Before Indian head massages went viral, this Ayurvedic treatment was designed to dispel negative vibes. For $75, you’ll get a scalp massage personalized to your dosha (the fancy Ayurvedic word for “energy”). Add a shirodhara treatment and oil will be drizzled on your forehead to open your “third eye.”
The, Um, Transylvanian Vampire Facial ?
Finally, an anti-ageing solution that combines our fear of needles and our fear of blood into one terrifying treatment. This procedure involves getting blood drawn and having it injected back into your face to encourage collagen and tissue growth.