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6 strange but intriguing massages you’ll only find in Asia

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Asia is famous for its massages, which it has exported the world over. While shiatsu, reiki and other types are very well known, here are a few intriguing styles you may not have heard of yet. And if the fancy strikes you, Skyscanner has the tools to help you book your next massage holiday!

1. Thailand: Chocolate Massages

In Phuket, you will find a spa that caters to two of your biggest indulgences, chocolate and a good massage. They take it one step further by combining the two together into one tantalising experience. Paresa Resort has on offer a 60-minute Organic Dark Chocolate Champagne Body Wrap, which takes place on the balcony of your clifftop suite overlooking the ocean. Talk about yummy indulgence! Your stay even comes with complimentary wine. What are you waiting for?

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Surely chocolate must be one of your biggest indulgences?

Surely chocolate must be one of your biggest indulgences?

2. Japan: Snail Facials

Tokyo-based Ci:z Labo has cooked up something even stranger than snakes for its customers. If you’re feeling up for it, you can get a snail facial. The folks at this spa believe that snail slime contains restorative powers that will rejuvenate your face, bringing back the moist and youthful skin of your younger, fairer days. A lot of companies already have snail-slime moisturisers on the market, but at this spa, you can go straight to the source for the real, uncut stuff.

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Snail slime contains restorative powers that will rejuvenate your face

Snail slime contains restorative powers that will rejuvenate your face

3. China: Fire Massage

The newest Chinese massage trend is fire! Your masseuse will need some equipment for this one, including a herbal rope, plastic wrap and damp towels. She will then set two alcohol-drenched towels on fire over whatever part of your body is causing you trouble. You won’t feel any burning or pain. In fact, you won’t come away from this session with anything more than a warm glow of contentment; these fire massages can restore the balance to your body.

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 You won’t feel any discomfort from China's fire massage

You won’t feel any discomfort from China’s fire massage

4. Thailand: Elephant Massages

One massage you can enjoy with a clear conscience can be found in Chiang Mai, at the Maesa Elephant Camp, where specially trained elephants with an unbelievably delicate touch will treat you to an unforgettable massage experience. Plus, you will feel even better knowing your money will be going to a good place; Maesa is an organisation dedicated to conserving elephants and developing sustainably.

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Specially trained elephants with an unbelievably delicate touch will treat you to an unforgettable massage

5. Indonesia: Snake Massage

Humans aren’t the only species of delivering a great massage. At the Bali Heritage Reflexology and Spa in Jakarta, you’ll meet some charming snakes who do just as well. This spa uses pythons to get the knots out of your muscles, but don’t worry, there will be a trained snake wrangler on site to make sure they don’t get too squeezy with you. While this proposition is not for the fraidy-cat, the bold will be rewarded for their adventurousness with a relaxed feeling and a great story for your friends. Some of the other options on offer are decidedly less scaly; you can try the golf ball massage, and spoil yourself with the 99 karat facial.

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This spa in Jakarta uses snakes to get the knots out of your muscles

This spa in Jakarta uses snakes to get the knots out of your muscles

6. Taiwan: Knife Massages

Kitchen cleavers aren’t the first things that spring to mind when people think of massages, but in the hands of the trained professionals of Taiwan, they become instruments of pleasure. The masseuses in Taipei come from a long Chinese tradition that dates back over 2000 years. These days, the practice is barely surviving outside of Taiwan. The masseuses themselves live an ascetic life; they are strict vegetarians and undergo rigorous training before they are let anywhere near customers. If you’re worried about cuts and scars, fear not, for the knives are too dull to do any damage.

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In the hands of the trained professionals of Taiwan, knives have become instruments of pleasure

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