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5 alternative therapies celebrities love — and how they actually work

Can we interest you in a leech facial?

By Hasina Khatib  July 4th, 2017

Katy Perry is placing healing gems in her backstage room, Miranda Kerr is letting live leeches loose on her face and Victoria’s Secret models are burning their strands — If there’s an alternative wellness trend on the horizon, our A-listers have definitely been there and done that before it became cool.

From deep spiritual cleansing to radiant skin, these therapies will make you reconsider your vanilla spa massage appointment. But before you hop on to the celebrity bandwagon, here’s all that you need to know (and all that they don’t tell you) about the alternative beauty and wellness treatments that the world is loving right now.

5 alternative therapies you’ll be seeing everywhere

Crystal healing

Who does it: Miranda Kerr, Katy Perry, Victoria Beckham

How does it work: Crystal healing requires the strategic placement of healing gemstones to draw out negative energy, with different crystals bringing relief from different ailments. So how do you find one that works for you?

Amethyst: To get rid of addictions and disruptive behaviours.

Citrine: To eliminate negative energy at work.

Aventurine: To herald the way for money, peace and good fortune.

Clear quartz: To increase focus, balance, positivity and clarity.

Rose quartz: To enhance one’s sense of self-love and open yourself up to the love that the world has to offer.

Once you find the one that works for you, it is recommended that you hold it in your hand and set an intention on the stone – maybe a career or a personal milestone that you’re hoping to achieve. Keep the stone at hand (in your bag or your nightstand) to help it heighten your existing energy, with regular breaks to re-energise in the sun.

Leech facials

Who does it: Miranda Kerr, Demi Moore

How does it work: The name gives all the spoilers away – A certified hiroudo therapist places medicinal leeches on your face, then the blood they consume is spread over it like a mask to help tighten your skin and leave you looking younger than ever. Leeches don’t like hair though, so it is advised to wax or shave before booking yourself an appointment. 


Who does it: Freida Pinto, Jennifer Aniston, Kim Kardashian West

How does it work: The ancient Chinese therapy involves placing glass cups – which are heated via a mechanical pump – on the body; as the air inside the cup cools, a vacuum is created which makes the skin rise. The cups are usually placed for five minutes and are often moved across the skin slowly to create a massage-like effect. The suction flushes out toxins and is said to provide pain relief. Sometimes, it leaves behind telltale circular marks when the capillaries near the skin surface are broken.


Who does it: Alessandra Ambrosio

How does it work: Velaterapia, or candle cutting as it is known in common parlance, involves using a candle to sever split ends, and obviously, isn’t advised without expert supervision. Locks of hair are first twisted together and an open flame is run back and forth over it to singe the split ends away and open up the hair follicles, all without reducing length. 


Who does it: Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz

How does it work: Reiki, an ancient Japanese practice, involves transferring healing energy to the patient and helping them heal from within. The spiritual healing practice has developed a loyal A-lister following due its ability to strengthen focus, bring about a sense of balance and eventually help deal with physical pain.

A typical Reiki session involves a certified practitioner placing his hands or tapping at the multiple chakra locations on the body (head, throat, chest, abdomen) to release negative energy. Regular 30-minute sessions can bring about a noted decrease in stress levels.