Trick or treat? Stars turn to bonkers spa treatments

SPA days have boomed in popularity, with everything from weekends in the country to therapies on your lunch break now on offer

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RELAX: An Indonesian inspired sanctuary has just opened at the Park Plaza in London Waterloo

But what’s available for the adventurous pamperer?

Ahead of National Spa Week, TAMMY HUGHES looks at the wackier treatments favoured by the rich and famous.

BIRD POO FACIAL 

Having bird poo smeared all over your face and paying £180 for the privilege might not sound relaxing. 

But there is method to the madness. 

Nightingale droppings contain enzymes that break down dead skin and restore the complexion. 

The treatment has been in use for hundreds of years and is now used alongside an ultraviolet light to kill off any bacteria.

CAVIAR & SHEEP PLACENTA FACIAL 

Victoria Beckham and Simon Cowell swear by the powers of sheep placenta. 

This facial, which is available at Aesthetics London for £39, also uses caviar, which is rich in amino acids, and peptides that help regenerate tired skin.

The squeamish shouldn’t be too alarmed, as the placenta is turned into a serum before application. 

Sheep placenta revitalises skin cells, kick-starting them into producing increased levels of collagen, elastin and protein. 

CRYOTHERAPY 

One of the hottest trends in therapy right now is tricking your body into thinking it’s dying. 

Cryotherapy involves you standing in a chamber of up to -90C for a couple of minutes to produce a fight-or-flight response and a rush of endorphins. 

One session at 111Cryo in Knightsbridge, London, costs £95. 

Cryotherapy has a range of benefits, from improving muscle recovery, to pain relief and anti-ageing.

VAMPIRE FACIAL

Made famous by none other than Kim Kardashian, the vampire facial uses real blood from the body. 

The blood is taken from the arm and then spun in a centrifuge to separate out the platelets which are injected back into the face in the form of a platelet-rich plasma to stimulate the growth of new cells. 

This weirdly wonderful therapy reduces the signs of ageing but will set you back £999 for the whole face.

CUPPING 

Cupping has left celebs including Gwyneth Paltrow sporting marks on their skin as they strut down the red carpet. 

The technique involves putting hot cups on the skin and leaving them for a few minutes to create suction. 

Supposed benefits include helping to ease pain and inflammation; increasing blood fl ow, relaxation and wellbeing and aiding detox. 

The cups are made from glass, earthenware, bamboo or silicone and can be applied wet or dry. 

The therapist puts a flammable substance, such as alcohol, in the cup and sets it alight. 

As the flames go out, the cup is placed on the client’s skin and left for up to three minutes, making the skin rise and redden as blood vessels expand.

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