Sounding more like torture than a relaxing spa experience, a trip to a Russian banya (bath) can sometimes include 'whisking' where the limbs are whipped with birchbark branches. The idea is that while in the steam room, this will improve circulation. That pleasant-sounding experience is often followed by a jump into cold water. You might want to sample the local vodka after that one.
It is common for Scandinavians to take a plunge into cold lakes during sauna visits but in Finland, the cryotherapy takes it to the next level. Under three minutes in a chamber chilled to -110 degrees celcius promises pain relief and glowing skin.
At the Yunessun Spa Resort in Hakone, visitors can bathe in pools filled with wine, sake, green tea or coffee for a total skin treatment that promises to be like no other. The benefits come from the famous Japanese rice wine's kojic acids, which work to decrease the appearance of age and sun spots.
Said to cure asthma and allergies, some people with go to natural salt caves for as long as a week, staying in underground hotels. The therapy includes comfortable loungers, soft lighting and relaxing music. The positive effects of salt on airways were first noted in Eastern Europe in 1843 when a Polish doctor documented how salt mine workers didn't seem to suffer from the same respiratory problems as the general population.
Amber has been known for its stimulating, energy boosting effect antiviral qualities, active rejuvenation and regeneration of skin cells and in Lithuania, you can indulge in treatments with amber oil, amber powder, sand, amber beads, twigs or heating amber packs for rejuvenating skin procedures.
For many of us, snails are nothing more than an unpleasant garden pest. But thanks to a Japanese spa they've become the latest thing in beauty, with the snail slime facial. Apparently, the slmiy creature's mucus contains highly beneficial proteins.
A much more traditional spa treatment, Roman baths offer oil cleansing, steam rooms and plunge pools.When your Spa treatment is complete, you can retire to a Relaxation Lounge, a recreation of a Roman rotunda with fabrics, mosaics and classically styled loungers.
The ‘kiln sauna’ is alarmingly similar to an oven in appearance. This intensely heated dome uses burning wood and charcoal to heat the room, the style of which has barely changed style in 500 years. It won't be unusual to spot spot a bowl of eggs inside the kiln, slow-cooking...
The heightened tactile senses of blind masseurs are thought especially effective at targeting aches and pains. The number of blind massage therapists exploded with the foundation of the Chinese Massage Association of Blind Practitioners nearly 20 years ago.
At Ada Barak’s Carnivorous Plant Farm in Israel (Talmei El’azar), snakes are released to crawl over the shoulders, neck and scalp of a patient (or victim). The snakes’ rhythmic movements are thought to be highly therapeutic. That is if you don't freak out about the snakes first!