You can forget your manicures and massages – Madrid’s Cosquillarte is an urban spa that only offers tickling treatments. The venue opened its doors last December, and customers have been queuing up for therapy that tickles their funny bones – quite literally - ever since.
Cosquillarte was dreamt up by Isabel Aires, a PR specialist with a penchant for tickling. Aires’ dad used to tickle her to get her to go to sleep as a child, so it’s a sensation she’s always associated with deep relaxation. Together with two trained massage therapists, Aires created Cosquillarte to help share this love of tickling with others, and to provide a place where fellow fans can be tickled to their hearts’ content.
Tickling may normally give you the giggles, but at Cosquillarte it’s a process that’s taken very seriously. Visitors to the spa can expect to find themselves in a darkened room, with music and incense used to create a relaxing atmosphere. Before a tickling session, clients are asked to remove their clothes, but there’s no reason to worry if you’re shy – you will be given some paper pants to protect your modesty.
This is not tickling as you know it. Instead of aiming straight for your armpits and tickling you until you can no longer draw breath, the therapist will gently stroke your skin with their fingertips, allowing you to let go of all your stress. When they have finished working their magic with their hands, the therapist will draw on that traditional tickling tool – the feather. The light touch of the feather against your skin is designed to help you drift into relaxation, leaving you feeling calm, rested and wonderfully blissed out.
If you are particularly ticklish you are understandably likely to be wary of this treatment, but the therapists at Cosquillearte are quick to reassure. They claim that if a client is very ticklish, the therapy can be altered to suit their needs, using firmer pressure to ensure that they aren’t left squirming – great news if you tend to get the giggles.
Tickled pink by the thought of this treatment, but unable to get to Spain? Why not try a massage instead for a similar state of blissful relaxation.
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