You will encounter many different forms of massage depending where around the world you travel. However in this modern age, you can probably find all significant forms of massage within a close proximity.
Most people know that massage therapy can help alleviate stress and enhance your overall well-being. Besides the usual Swedish, hot stone, and shiatsu massages, therapists around the world are specializing in what you might call “weird” techniques.
Let’s take a look at some of your not-so-typical massage therapies done across the globe:
1. Massages Done By The Blind
Massages performed by blind people are common in Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines and China. The key to massages done by the blind is the sensitivity of their touch — the holy grail is in the person actually performing the therapy.
2. Knife Massage
This type of massage is popular in Taiwan. It involves using the art of knife to gently strike the shoulders and the back. It helps to release the body’s energy and improve blood circulation.
3. Elephant Massage
Certain elephant camps in Thailand allow you to experience massages by being stepped on by these beautiful creatures. Don’t worry! These elephants are trained to do the job properly. You won’t be crushed — we promise!
4. Gua Sha
In this type of therapy, a coin, spoon, or other massage tools are used in order to scrape problematic areas of the body. This leads to pain relief and tightness.
Gua Sha is used by practitioners to address chi (stagnant energy) located within the body that many believe to cause inflammation. In turn, inflammation also results to some conditions connected to chronic pain. Rubbing the surface of the skin is believed to break up stagnant energy, diminish inflammation, and assist healing.
5. Fire Treatment
This is an ancient medical treatment originating in China. A towel is soaked with a certain elixir including alcohol. It is then placed in problematic areas (even the face). After which, the towel is lit up with fire for a few seconds.
6. Venik Massage
There are various venik rub techniques used within this type of massage. These include waggling, lashing, rubbing, and stroking. However, the main foundation of venik massage is the use of a bundle of birch, eucalyptus, or oak twigs. This results in the exfoliation of the client’s skin.
7. Tickling Massage
This type of massage therapy obviously utilizes intricate tickling techniques to help relieve stress. The therapist uses gentle feathers and finger strokes to elicit a tickling sensation on their clients. According to people who have experienced it, a tickling massage is very stress-relieving and relaxing.
8. Baby Egg Massage
This type of massage is performed in China. A baby undergoes through a haircut during the 2nd day of the 2nd Chinese lunar month. After the said haircut, the baby is massaged on the head with a boiled egg. Must be delicious!
9. Snail Massage
Can you image placing snails above your face? Well, it’s quite popular in the UK, Russia, and Japan.
This type of therapy is usually called African Snail Massage and involves putting about three of these lovely creatures on a person’s face. Snails leave their slime on the face and is believed to be able to help you recover and rejuvenate damaged skin.
10. Gondola Massage
Want a seriously relaxing experience? Well, you can’t actually have it in a spa located at a hotel in Venice. In a Gondola massage, the therapy is performed outdoors on one of the most stunning lagoons of Venice. Isn’t it nice to have a massage over water?
11. Snake Massage
Popular in Israel, this type of massage therapy involves the use of at least 6 non-venomous snakes. These hissing serpents might frighten you but they actually massage your body and help alleviate soreness and muscle pain. According to the practitioners, the bigger the snakes you use, the more intense the massage you get.