Mani-pedis are soooo 2010 — somebody blast some hot, herbal steam at our loins!
Seriously. It’s the wave of the future/a blast from the past, and it’s aimed directly at your girl parts: An ancient steam treatment from Korea has made its way across the Pacific and is slowly filtering into our spas, according to the LA Times.
The treatment, called chai-yok, involves sitting on an open-seated stool and letting steam from water infused with mugwort and wormwood (which sound disturbingly like “Harry Potter” characters), among other herbs wafting gently towards your swimsuit region. The steam-bath is supposed possess a number of healthful properties, including an ability to increase fertility, get rid of hemorrhoids and fight infections. Chai-yok’s ability to actually do this stuff hasn’t been scientifically proven, although some doctors have admitted that, if nothing else, the steam should be pretty good for your privates.
If chai-yok hasn’t managed to infiltrate your town yet, an at-home kit containing a stool, boiler and herbs is available online. You know, because it won’t be weird at all when your roommate comes home and finds you slow-steaming your ladybits.