People will stop at nothing to preserve health and obtain beauty. The following list of Asian beauty treatments shows how far some people will go. From facials using animal excretions to massages with scary tools, there is plenty of strangeness to be found, along with some reported benefits, too. Check them out below. 1. Bird dropping facial Bird poop is not just a symbol of good luck, is it also a beauty elixir. Having originated in ancient Japan, the bird poop facial was sought by geishas as a beauty maintaining tool. This treatment can now be found in Japanese spas across the globe. Its chief ingredient is uguisu no fun , or “nightingale faeces”, which is said to heal the skin and retain moisture by reducing water loss from the epidermis. Where to get it: beauty spas in Japan; Ikeda Spa in Singapore Can eating sushi be bad for your health? 2. Beer bath A beer bath session at the Premedion Beer Spa Beijing (in Star World Hotel) lets you sit in a tub of Schwartz beer mixed with yeast, malt and hops for 20 minutes. The bubbly delight does not end there: after the bath, you get an hour to enjoy a massage and a 20-minute exfoliation session. Did we mention you can access Schwartz beer on tap the entire time, too? Where to get it: Star World Hotel in Beijing, China 3. Snake massage The origin of the snake massage is not exactly Asian, as it was introduced by snake spa owner Ada Barak in Talmei Elazar, Israel. But you don’t have to travel far to experience this treatment which is just a call away in Jakarta. Apparently, it reduces stress and relieves fatigued muscles, so it’s worth a shot – if you dare. Where to get it: Bali Heritage Reflexology & Spa in Jakarta, Indonesia Meghan Markle is a fan of gong bathing – but what is it? 4. Knife massage Who would have thought that knives and relaxation go together? Apparently, Taipei locals do. It may sound like a modern-day gimmick from the wellness industry, but this treatment dates back over 2,000 years in China. Back then, it was used by Buddhist monks as an alternative form of healing to reduce stress and restore the balance between the mind, body and soul. While it is no longer practised there, the knife massage lives on in Taiwan. This ancient therapy is especially popular in Taipei, and gives new meaning to the phrase “going under the knife”. Where to get it: spas and wellness parlours in Taipei, Taiwan 5. Snail facial The mucus trail produced by snails is found to contain proteins, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, making it a skin food (albeit a strange one). The Japanese know this, which is why the snail facial is all the rage in Tokyo. All you need to do is try not to squirm as you let live snails slither around on your face. They are no ordinary snails, either; to ensure they give their best, they are fed a diet of organic vegetables and kept in a temperature of not more than 20 degrees Celsius. Where to get it: The Clinical-Salon, Ci:z. Labo in Tokyo, Japan Why are Hongkongers mad about Drunk Elephant’s skincare range? 6. Fire massage Another ancient Chinese treatment that takes the cake is the fire massage. Available at spas throughout China, the treatment takes on a spiritual dimension as its practitioners aim to restore energetic balance within the human body. It is not as scary as it sounds, you won’t be set on fire without first having your body encased in plastic wraps and towels. Where to get it: wellness parlours in China 4 onsen spas in Southeast Asia offering a modern wellness twist 7. Fish exfoliation Also known as a fish pedicure, a fish exfoliation session involves dipping your feet into a tub of water where little Garra rufa fish feed on your dead skin. It is perhaps the most “normal” beauty treatment on the list, as it is offered in many parts of Asia. It is considered a rite of passage among travelling celebs; American singer Jessica Simpson is said to have loved it when trying it out in Japan. Where to get it: almost everywhere in Asia Try these beauty treatments to see if you can handle them. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .