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Face Slapping Treatments Offered At San Francisco Massage Parlor For $350 (PHOTOS, VIDEO)


First Posted: 10/22/2012 8:54 pm EDT Updated: 10/25/2012 2:04 pm EDT

A new San Francisco massage parlor is offering a pricey beauty treatment that claims to lift more than just your eyebrows: a $350 slap in the face.

Tata Massage, opening Tuesday, advertises the face slapping treatment, which includes rigorous slapping, pinching and smoothing, as a natural alternative to chemical skin firming treatments like Botox.

Bangkok-native Tata, the owner of her eponymous San Francisco salon, claims the method has been passed down for generations, and promises the treatment will make patrons "so beautiful that [their] beauty will charm everyone" on her website.

But though the method's effectiveness might be questionable, Tata certainly did not dream up the idea: the treatment has gained popularity in Thailand. Tata is one of only ten licensed face-slappers in the world, and now the only one in the Western Hemisphere.

In theory, the treatment helps lift and firm up one's complexion without the use of chemicals. And some believe a similar method can firm and enhance breast size, as well.

"I learned face-slapping because I believe it is a one hundred percent natural beauty treatment," said one student learning the technique to the Bangkok Post. The student then held up before and after photos from her personal treatments.

But does it actually work?

San Francisco Chronicle reporter Steve Rubenstein sampled Tata Massage's offerings and recounted his experience.

Want to try the treatment yourself? Stop by Tata Massage when it opens this Tuesday.

Flip through our slideshow of beauty treatments from around the world below, and then watch the San Francisco Chronicle video on Tata Massage's face slapping treatments:

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  • Turmeric

    Turmeric -- the herb that gives a curry its distinctive yellow color -- is also an antiseptic with anti-inflammatory properties. In India, it's common tradition for brides and grooms to apply a paste of turmeric and chickpea flour before their big day. In addition to turmeric's bacteria-killing powers, chickpea flour is an exfoliant and a moisture-absorber. The herb is also used by brides in Indonesia. "(The traditional ceremony) begins with a <em>lular</em> scrub combining all the benefits of turmeric, rice, jasmine flowers, ginger and other herbs to energize the body," writes beauty expert Shalini Vadhera in her book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Passport-Beauty-Secrets-Becoming-Goddess/dp/0312349629" target="_hplink">"Passport To Beauty."</a>

  • Pawpaw

    Pawpaw ointment, made from pawpaw or papaya, is commonly used as a cure-all in Australia. "It helps sunburn, bites, rashes and dry cracked skin and lips. I always have it in my medicine cabinet. I frequently put it on my cuticles," says beauty expert and HuffPost blogger Carmindy.

  • Shea Butter

    Shea butter -- now the stuff of drugstore moisturizers -- comes from the nut of the karite tree of West Africa. In addition to its hydrating properties, it's known for its ability to protect skin from free radicals and prevent wrinkles. "In parts of West Africa ... Pregnant women give their expanding bodies a daily gentle rub with the vegetable butter. Many of my friends there have assured me that this daily routine prevents stretch marks," writes Jessica Harris in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/World-Beauty-Book-Wonderful-Natural/dp/0062510924" target="_hplink">"The World Beauty Book."</a>

  • Argan Oil

    Argan oil has been long known in Africa as a miracle of nature, and it's now becoming famous in the West too. Produced exclusively by Berbere women in Morocco, the oil -- extracted from the nut of the Argan tree -- is high in <a href="http://travel.nytimes.com/2007/11/18/travel/tmagazine/14get-sourcing-caps.html" target="_hplink">vitamin E and other fatty acids</a>. It has anti-aging properties, is an excellent moisturizer and is believed to help everything from acne to wrinkles. "Moroccan woman have beautiful hair because they've been pouring argan oil on it forever," says Carmindy.

  • Monoi Oil

    An infusion of Tahitian gardenias and coconut oil, Monoi oil is used by Tahitian women to soothe and protect their hair and skin. It's both an emollient and a natural perfume. "I've never seen women who had such beautiful hair and skin who also smelled so great. I shipped back boxes and boxes of it for myself," says Carmindy.

  • Camellia Nut Oil

    According to beauty expert Shalini Vadhera, camellia nut oil or tea seed oil is used by Japanese women as an antioxidant, to nourish and moisturize skin, treat burns, stretch marks and strengthen nails. It's high in vitamin E, antioxidants and oleic acid. "Two drops of camellia oil mixed with a tablespoon of sake is all it takes for clearer, smoother skin," writes Vadhera in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Passport-Beauty-Secrets-Becoming-Goddess/dp/0312349629" target="_hplink">"Passport To Beauty."</a>

  • Avocado

    With their high fat and vitamin E content, avocados are both delicious and good for you. South American women use the fruit to nourish their skin and hair. "Virtually all parts of the avocado can be used in beauty treatments," says Jessica Harris in the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/World-Beauty-Book-Wonderful-Natural/dp/0062510924" target="_hplink">"World Beauty Book."</a> Take the peels and rub the interior on your face. The slightly grainy texture of the inside of the avocado peel is exfoliating, and the peel itself is rich with avocado oil. The combination is great for those with problem skin." Carmindy recommends a face mask made of avocados and honey. "Honey has anti-inflammatory properties and avocado hydrates the skin."

  • Nightingale Droppings

    This might sound unappealing, but <em>uguiso no fun</em> or nightingale droppings have long been used in Japan to clear sun-spots, acne marks and pigmentation. The bird excrement -- rich in proteins and a whitening enzyme -- is sterilized, ground into a powder and sometimes mixed with rice bran. The powder is then applied to the face and washed off with water. It's the beauty treatment of geishas and Buddhist monks alike.


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    A devotee of the Chinese Bang Neow Shrine sits with a shock absorber and an exhaust pipe piercing his cheeks during a street procession to mark the annual Vegetarian Festival in the southern Thai town of Phuket on October 2, 2011. During the festival, which begins on the first evening of the ninth lunar month and lasts nine days, religious devotees slash themselves with swords, pierce their cheeks with sharp objects and commit other painful acts to purify themselves, taking on the sins of the community. (Christophe Archambault, AFP / Getty Images)

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    A devotee of the Chinese shrine of Kathu Shrine, pierces his cheeks with skewers during the Vegetarian Festival on October 4, 2011 in Phuket, Thailand. Ritual Vegetarianism in Phuket Island traces it roots back to the early 1800's. The festival begins on the first evening of the ninth lunar month and lasts for nine days. Participants in the festival perform acts of body piercing as a means of shifting evil spirits from individuals onto themselves and bring the community good luck. (Athit Perawongmetha, Getty Images)

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    A devotee of the Chinese Jui Tui Shrine with needles piercing his cheeks takes part in a street procession marking the annual Vegetarian Festival in the southern Thai town of Phuket on October 3, 2011. During the festival, which begins on the first evening of the ninth lunar month and lasts nine days, religious devotees slash themselves with swords, pierce their cheeks with sharp objects and commit other painful acts to purify themselves, taking on the sins of the community. (Christophe Archambault, AFP / Getty Images)

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    An ethnic Chinese Indonesian uses blood from a self inflicted wound on his tongue to write a spell on ritual papers during a Chap Goh Meh celebration on February 24, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Today locals are celebratinh the Chap Goh Meh, which is the 15th day of Chinese New Year and represents the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Traditionally,people visit temples and offer prayers in order to receive blessings and good fortune from the God of Prosperity. (Syamsul Bahri Muhammad / Getty Images)

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    An ethnic Chinese Indonesian with his cheeks pierced stands on top of a chariot while in a trance during a Chap Goh Meh ritual parade on February 24, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Today locals are celebratinh the Chap Goh Meh, which is the 15th day of Chinese New Year and represents the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Traditionally,people visit temples and offer prayers in order to receive blessings and good fortune from the God of Prosperity. (Syamsul Bahri Muhammad / Getty Images)

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