7 Insane Spa Treatments to Try (If You Dare)

Yesterday we lamented the insane detox spa in Italy where women submit themselves to nude body scrutiny, liquid fasts and daily colonics to flush out toxins, reverse aging and optimize weight-loss.

While the idea of chugging gallons of vinegar to cleanse the body sounds tempting, not all of us can afford the $8000 price tag.

Still want to take a walk in the wilds of detox? Here are 7 insane spa treatments to look into.

Placenta Facials

Denise Richards and Megan Fox spending up to $500 for this anti-aging treatment that involves getting smeared with the layers of skin that protect a fetus inside a mother’s body. According to skin-care specialists, placenta facials are good for people with acne-prone skin that has been dried out from over-exfoliation.

Bull Semen Hair Conditioning

The latest offering at Hari’s Salon in London, the spa claims a combination of bull semen and protein rich plant roots strengthen hair and increases shine. “The semen is refrigerated before use and doesn’t smell,” owner Hari Salem says. “I have been searching for an organic product with a lot of protein because that is what hair is made of and lacks when it is dry. It leaves your hair looking wonderfully soft and thick.”

Dark Bathing Beer Baths

This one might even tempt your boyfriend. Clients at the Chodovar Beer Spa in the Czech Republic are immersed in a bath, enriched with active beer yeast and dehydrated crushed herbs. The warm water opens pores providing skin with a “wide range of vitamins, proteins and saccharides” that soften and regenerates the skin. After a 20 minute soak, clients enjoy 25-minutes of bed rest, covered in a fleece quilt, and then a 30-50 minutes massage.

Snake Massage

If you’re in the northern Israeli village of Talmey El’Azar, $70 will buy you a king, corn and milk snake massage. Six non-venomous serpents slither and slide across patients to relieve aching muscles and stiff joints. Reptile farmer/aesthetician Ada Barak says contact with the creatures is soothing.

Bird Poop Facials

Historically used to remove stains from delicate silk garments and whiten the skin of Japanese geishas, aestheticians swear by combining facial cleansers with a quarter teaspoon of dehydrated nightingale droppings. “The reason this product may work is the high concentration of urea in the fecal-urine combination in bird feces,” says dermatopharmacologist Brian Keller. “Urine has a lot of urea in it and it has long been used as a skin-softening agent.” Also known as Geisha Facials, the cost of a single treatment ranges between $144 and $225.

Arctic Ice Room

When in Vegas, do as the Romans do. Ancient bath houses featured cooling pools after a hot soak, and now spa operators at the Qua Spa at Caesar’s Palace are offering a similar treatment. In the Arctic Ice room, snow falls from a domed ceiling through mint-infused air chilled to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Apparently rapid cooling of the body has proven health benefits.

Aura Adjustment

A modern twist on crystal healing, AuraLift treatments use probes to press on acupuncture points. Meanwhile, colored light passes through gemstones. The result should lift and tone skin muscles, leaving women feeling “radiant” with or without makeup.

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