Katy Perry, Kanye West, Simon Cowell, and other celebrities are loving a new massage technique that involves being bitten on their backs. The strange massage technique has actually been around since the 1980s. However, it didn’t actually go mainstream until 1994.
Clients pay between $150 to $250 per session, and literally, these people’s backs are bitten with real teeth to their satisfaction. While other people moan in pleasure as the methodical biting proceeds, some people prefer the soft-bite approach, like Simon Cowell of X-Factor fame. The technique is similar to cupping, although it is a lot more intense. It is also similar to deep tissue massage which mainly uses human knuckles to put pressure on a muscle tissue.
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The main difference, though, is that there is only skin-to-skin contact. That is, the knuckles don’t actually come in contact with human flesh. With bite massage, however, human teeth come in direct contact with the dermis. This is why some doctors are skeptical about this approach.
Mariah Carey is one of Dr. Dot’s frequent customers, but being a germaphobe, the pop diva opts for a regular massage. In comparison, Kanye West once went all the way with the Doc’s bite technique for two hours straight. Dr. Dot didn’t provide details on how Katy Perry likes her technique, although it appears based on the report that she did try the whole shebang.
The idea is to boost blood circulation through the artful use of dental pressure. According to Metro, Dr. Dorothy Stein, who prefers to be called Dr. Dot, pioneered the technique. Initially, the doctor had herself paid in kind by music bands such as Dep Leppard. The doctor would massage, say, Phil Collen in exchange for getting a free concert ticket.
Aside from Katy Perry, Simon Cowell, and Kanye West, other A-listers in Dr. Dot’s clientele according to Fox News are David Bowie, Juliette Lewis, Courtney Love, and Robert Plant. Lewis is said to love the technique although the doctor doesn’t necessarily always bite his clients. That is, Dr. Dot is versatile enough in the massage business to use other approaches depending on what her client wants.
How did the doctor discover that the human teeth are better than knuckles in delivering a hard massage? To answer this question, we turn to Billboard. The source’s take on Dr. Dot, the 48-year-old Connecticut native, is that she first got wind of the technique when her mother asked her to massage her back by biting. And she’s been biting backs ever since.
Billboard adds Eminem to the growing list of the doctor’s satisfied clients. It also credits Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts for telling Dr. Dot that she needs to be paid instead of collecting concert tickets for her quaint expertise. Still, she wouldn’t be paid until 1994, when she started to earn around $2,000 per week. Apparently, her first paying clients were the Rolling Stones.
Still, no matter how luminaries such as Katy Perry, Simon Cowell, and Kanye West approve of the massage method, another doctor cautions against it. Dr. Holly Philips, who wrote the book The Exhaustion Breakthrough, counters that there is always the potential of bacterial infection from every bite as well as the risk of catching hepatitis B.
Dr. Dot points out, however, that her vampire massage technique is optional, although she remains convinced that it’s one of the best ways to improve blood circulation to the specific areas being addressed by the tactile manipulation.
Apparently, Justin Bieber is also a massage fan, although there are no reports of him preferring the controversial bite massage. He was reported to have moaned in pleasure so loudly last Tuesday at Aire Ancient Baths spa in NYC. A Paper Mag spy reported that the superstar was being massaged by “two very large, strong men.”
Based on the limited description, it’s impossible to be truly certain what massage technique was used, but from the sound of it, it did seem that Bieber enjoyed the experience. The source’s spy did see The Biebs walk out the door of the spa and did not mention if there was any kind of marks on the “Sorry” singer’s back as he stepped out into the pool. Maybe Katy Perry, Kanye West, and Simon Cowell would want to try the said NYC spa as well.
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