By Hayley Pugh
Well that doesn’t look very CLEAVER! Bizarre knife massages are going down a treat with hardcore spa-goers.
The cutting-edge craze sees customers ‘relaxing’ as sharpened cleavers are pressed in rhythmic motions all over their body and face – with nothing but a thin piece of material between them and the blade.
Unbelievably, Hsiao Mei Fang, the owner of Ancient Art of Knife Therapy Education Centre, in Taipei, Taiwan, has been performing the strange procedure for more than 13 years.
She said: “The treatment is originally from China and is 2500 years old. But here we have created an original and new knife therapy.
“Everything has a Yin and a Yang, so instead of using one knife we use two – this represents the Yin and Yang.
“The massage changes the energy inside the person and makes them more relaxed.
“The knife is specially made so it’s very safe. We wouldn’t use a kitchen knife to do this.
“A lot of people think it’s just for fun but people don’t realise this will change their lives. After they have experienced it they tell their friends and they all come to us.”
After sharpening her tools Hsiao uses a stick to loosen up the blood vessels and improve the circulation of the client before moving onto the massage itself.
And just when you thought things couldn’t get any stranger, in the midst of the massage the masseuse makes a burping sound, which is apparently them spitting out the bad energy they draw from the client.
The cost of a knife massage depends on the experience of the masseuse and the length of the treatment but starts at just £30.