6 Spa Treatments for the Freaky Rich

Snake massages and 'fire cupping' make the list

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 28, 2012 4:51 PM CDT

(Newser) – Facials, mani-pedis, and massages are so passé for the insanely rich—or the insane and rich, Cracked reports. Here's the new normal among bizarre spa treatments:

  • A plant farm in northern Israel offers the full-body snake massage for $70. Bigger snakes will knead the belly or back while smaller ones wiggle around your face. (Time offers a video.)

  • The Chiang Mal Women's Correctional Institution in Thailand offers a massage—from a fully trained inmate. "In this case, 'happy ending' means nobody got murdered," quips Cracked.
  • A wine spa in Japan allows you to swim in hot booze, tea, or coffee. The spa's website notes that green tea is an effective antioxidant, and Cleopatra bathed in wine. As for the coffee spa, it will "perk up your senses."
  • Chinese "fire cupping" is said to alleviate many physical problems, including congestion, bad circulation, and menstrual pains. Only problem: It involves lighting fires inside glass bulbs and sticking them to your back. The result resembles a minefield of red bruises.
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Meirav Stardinner receives a snake massage from Ada Barak at Barak's snake spa in Talmei Elazar, Israel.
Meirav Stardinner receives a snake massage from Ada Barak at Barak's snake spa in Talmei Elazar, Israel.   (Getty Images)
Carly Shutes, an employee at Chessington World of Adventures, prepares for a massage by Eliza, a 7-year-old Royal Python snake, in Leatherhead, in south-east England.
Carly Shutes, an employee at Chessington World of Adventures, prepares for a massage by Eliza, a 7-year-old Royal Python snake, in Leatherhead, in south-east England.   (Getty Images)
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