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From Bird-Poop Facials to Snake Massages: 10 Bizarre Spa Treatments

Bird-poop facials and massages with snakes might sound cringe-worthy, but they’ve been known to deliver terrific wellness benefits. These bizarre spa treatments borrow leech saliva and sheep placenta to help you ­­­­­detox and relieve stress—if you can get over the initial “ewww” factor.

Just how out-there will the world’s spas go to give you a healthy glow? Bird-poop facials in Manhattan and massages with slithering snakes in Israel might sound cringe-worthy, but they’ve been known to deliver terrific wellness benefits. These 10 bizarre spa treatments borrow leech saliva, sheep placenta, and more to help you steal back your youth, detox, and relieve stress—if you can get over the initial “ewww” factor.

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By Jamie Moore

Jamie Moore was the seatbelt-less '70s kid whose wanderlust began while fighting with siblings in the back of a roadtripping van. Now, as a travel writer, she covers family fun, budget getaways, outdoor adventure, Vancouver Island, and more, usually with her own kids in tow.

She is the author of the Vancouver Island Exploration Guide iPhone app (2010) and various Vancouver Island tourism guides. Moore is also a regular SmarterTravel contributor.

Her articles have appeared in USA Today Travel, Yahoo! News, Rand McNally travel guides, WestJet's in-flight up! magazine, Women's Health & Fitness magazine, European Homes & Gardens magazine, iParenting's travelingtoday.com, Indianapolis Monthly magazine, Resort + Recreation magazine, RCI's Endless Vacation and Ventures magazines, Kiwanis Magazine, and others.

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