So the fast food chain has opened the doors to a sauna that seats 15 people at its Mannerheimintie branch in Helsinki, Finland – the home of saunas, billing it as the ideal spot for a social gathering. Fancy tucking into a Whopper whilst sitting beside your sweating friend or colleague in a bid to bond? We’ll leave the choice to you.
But that leads us onto some of the other weird and wonderful spa experiences out there in the world – beer baths for example made headlines in recent weeks at The Chodova Hotel in the Czech Republic.
Yup, you heard us, this is where guests can soak for 20 minutes in their preferred brew, before being wrapped in a fleece blanket for a further 20 minutes in an experience designed to open up the pores and purify the skin, providing vitamin B and crucial proteins.
The dark beer is produced in a traditional way based on the original method of brewing Chodovar – with beer yeast, hops and a mixture of dehydrated crushed herbs. It is prepared in a rehabilitation tub from water and mineral water and poured at a temperature of 34 degrees Celsius – will wonders never cease.
Mind you, the treatment isn’t necessarily more peculiar than other treatments we’ve come across in the past – snake massages in Israel where an an armful of wriggling snakes will be dropped onto your naked body, pools for bathing in sake, green tea, wine and coffee in Japan, sound baths in California where you lie on mats in a domed wooden chamber listening to music made by quartz crystal singing bowls, the somewhat brutal fire cupping in Beijing where you trust your therapist to neither bruise or burn you in the process, and waterfall massage in Canada where you get thoroughly pummelled under a waterfall. It makes a chocolate facial looks positively mundane really!
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