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Ever thought that sights that can make you want to turn up your nose in disgust could be so good for your body? Some of the spa therapies we’ve discovered from around the globe are designed to prove that point.

Written by Anjuly Mathai |
December 17, 2009 1:53:36 am

Ever thought that sights that can make you want to turn up your nose in disgust could be so good for your body? Some of the spa therapies we’ve discovered from around the globe are designed to prove that point. Take the bull-semen hair treatment for example,where Aberdeen-angus bull semen is mixed with Iranian plant roots and applied to the hair roots. Here’s what might make you stop pulling out your hair in tortured revulsion: bull semen is also known as ‘Viagra for the hair’ and is great at improving the strength and shine of your tresses.

And straight out of an episode of Fear Factor are the snake massages and the leech therapies,recently endorsed by Demi Moore on The Late Show with David Letterman. But here’s what takes the cake: Butt facials elegantly titled as Sweet Cheeks Derriere Facials designed to make your butts as soft as a baby’s. So we went scouting around the city to dig out our own desi exotica.

Frozen Stem Cell Facials at Myrah Spa:
Everyone wants a piece of the stem cell pie. The latest stem cell frenzy is the frozen facial and Myrah is the first to introduce it in Mumbai. The secret ingredient? Tropoelastin,a chemical from embryonic stem cells which is suffused with anti-ageing properties. “We’re importing readymade stem cells from Spain,” says owner Nisha Javeri. “There is no better way to improve the potency and longevity of DNA than with stem cells.” The best part is that the stem cell facial is ideal for most skin types and can hydrate,restore,tighten and firm skin.

Hot Lava Shell Massage at Shanti Spa,Trident:
For those of you who were bad at Chemistry in school,the magic properties of this treatment is due to a big bang that happens inside the lava shells when the mixture of minerals and algae with salt water and essential oils causes a chemical reaction that generates therapeutic heat for one or two hours. The treatment,priced at Rs 4,800 for one hour for guests,was introduced five months ago. “We discovered the massage through in-house research and got the lava shells from Philippines,” says spa manager Jyoti Devjani.

Caviar and Red Wine treatment at Skin Essentials:
Did you know that caviar is a source of marine DNA,a key element to skin cell regeneration? “Products with marine DNA base are basically hydrators thus reducing the superficial lines and wrinkles and improving the skin’s appearance,” says Dr Rohini Wadhwani,owner of Skin Essentials. This is one of their latest treatments and also uses a combination of other ingredients like gold,honey and immucel.

Fish Exfoliation Therapy at Thai Spa:
When The Godfather popularised the phrase,‘Go lie with the fish,’ we didn’t think they meant it so literally. In this therapy,Garra Rufa or Doctor Fish are brought all the way from the hot springs of Turkey where their unique dietary habits were discovered to smoothen human skin and give a healthy glow. The foot therapy is priced at Rs 600 for 45 minutes. “We’d seen this treatment in Hong Kong and Singapore but the challenge was creating suitable conditions for the Doctor Fish. The water has to be kept at 30 degree Celsius,it has to be alkaline and periodically cleaned,” says the marketing and communications head of Thai Spa,Paromita Shaha. You can lounge with your feet in the fish spa while the Doctor fish nibble away the scaly dead skin on your feet to give you clean,healthy and smooth feet.

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