Cactus Massage!

Mexicos exotic specialty is a Hakali Cactus massage- Yes that’s right, a cactus massage!

Your probably thinking, a cactus body treatment sounds far from relaxing and perhaps a little bit painful, but the needles are removed before the paddles (the “leaf” part of the nopal cactus — the same part that you would eat in a yummy Mexican nopal or cactus salad) are heated in warm water. Once the paddles are soft and pliable, they’re split in half and rubbed — gooey side down — onto thirsty, sun-parched skin.

A close cousin to soothing aloe vera, nopal cactus is hydrating, detoxifying, and helps heal sunburns. And unlike being massaged with oil, the nopal “juice” quickly absorbs into skin, leaving no greasy or sticky residue.

I wouldn’t  go trying this at home though. You might just get yourself in a bit of a prickle!

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