It’s no secret that massages can alleviate plain, relieve stress, and increase your overall wellbeing.

But in some parts of the world, the usual Swedish, hot stone and deep tissue massages aren’t the only options around. How about getting massaged with knives or by an elephant?

It sounds uncomfortable, but the cactus massage is a specialty at the Four Season Punta Mita, Mexico. Don’t worry! Thorns are pulled out before the cactus paddles are heated in warm water. They are then cut in half to expose the gooey interior used to massage your body.

The Huffington Post, national, Oct. 31, 2013