#8 Massaged with Fire: Beijing, China
Fire cupping, a traditional Chinese method of acupressure, is purported to alleviate scores of ills, from muscle pains to respiratory afflictions like the common cold. Glass cups are heated and placed onto the client’s body, creating a suction effect on the skin (the heating reduces the pressure inside the cup and generates the suction). The results, honestly, are quite scary looking. People who’ve undergone the therapy are typically left with circular bruises where the cups were placed. Have we convinced you to try fire cupping? Book an appointment at the upscale Oriental Taipan Spa in Beijing, which offers a Chinese Meridian Oil Massage that features fire cupping.