Relaxing is perhaps one of the last words people use to describe tickling, but at the CosquilleArte Spa, in Madrid, Spain, they actually use fragile tickling techniques to relieve clients’ stress.
What I found more ridiculous was that the idea actually worked and CosquilleArte has become one of the most well-liked spa venues in the Spanish capital. It wasn’t until later, when I learned the tickling methods have nothing to do with the terrible torture we all had to face from childhood friends, that this unusual form of therapy started to make sense.
Instead of jabbing their fingers into clients’ sides and armpits, like I’m sure you and your friends/siblings used to torment each other, the massage therapists at CosquilleArte gently trace their fingertips and soft feathers down their backs and other sensible areas, and adjust their touches according to how ticklish every person is. Although most first time customers clench when they’re touched, they leave the wacky establishment a lot more relaxed than when they came in.