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People Are Getting Massaged With Knives As A Stress Reliever

by Pascale Day ,
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The latest massage craze is here and it's not for the faint-hearted: in Taipei, Taiwan, customers are visiting masseuse Hsiao Mei Fang to get one of her famed knife massages. Yep, ya heard. Fang uses meat cleavers as part of her relaxing treatment. Whatever happened to a bit of yoga or a weekend away to unwind?

Hsiao Mei Fang's clients put a helluva lot of faith in her as their masseuse. As part of her knife massage, which she has been performing for over 30 years, she covers their face and body with a thin piece of cloth, and then gently presses sharpened meat cleavers onto their skin.

And if that's not relaxing enough, Fang begins by poking you with a stick to open your blood vessels, before moving on to the actual massage with the knives. Halfway through, she will burp out all the bad energy she has withdrawn from the client throughout the treatment. And all this will only set you back about £30.


"The treatment is originally from China and is 2500 years old," says Fang. "But here we have created an original and new knife therapy.

"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."

Well that's a relief, I guess. We'll take your word for it, Hsiao Mei - you're the one with the knife in your hand, after all. It might sound like a pure luxury to some, but to us it just sounds like a torturous morning, if we're honest. We'll stick to our aromatic oil rub down, thank you very much.

Would you like to try this treatment? Let us know! @sofeminineUK

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