Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Under Fire

I'm up for trying anything at least once—within legal limits, of course. So when a friend asked me to join her for a traditional Tibetan Huo Long treatment, I was in like Flynn Flint, so to speak. The procedure enhances blood circulation and balances the yin and yang of the body, but more specifically I was fired up!


After a vigorous thirty minute massage, water pails and torches were brought in and my nerves finally decided to kick in. I began to sweat. And ask a lot of questions, which meant nothing to the Malay speaking masseuse. Alcohol-soaked wicks were snaked across our backs and covered with a few lightly damp towels. The entire contraption was doused in more flammable liquid and then we combusted.


You're given a few seconds to cool before more flame throwing. Thankfully "HOT" seems to be universally understood for "put out that roaring fire before I'm extra crispy."


Once you're well done, roll over, baste the front side, and it's time to cook some more! Burn, baby, burn.


I spent most of the time praying my entire head of hair wouldn't go up in a blaze of glory as I was yin-ing and yang-ing. We walked out alive, only a little scathed [my stomach's battle wounds are finally fading!] and because I'm drawn to ridiculousness like a moth to a flame, I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat.

29 comments:

Alina said...

That's CRAZY!

The Sweat Heart said...

I used to enjoy a detox bath.
It's comfortable.
Gazing flame is a kind of spiritual cure?
Nice photos!

Stash said...

I love this! Have you tried cupping? No, not spooning, cupping. =)

Not nearly as risky but puts perfect circle hickies wherever they cup. Also increases blood circulation and draws healing to the surface. My family thought I was crazy but it was great and I'd totally do it again =)

...love Maegan said...

um, that is insanely awesome!

A French Cloud said...

I'm a cupping fan but I've never heard of this--I was just happy that those wicks snaked across your back were not really snakes!

Mrs. Blandings said...

I am such a chicken - I was scared just listening to you tell the story.

Courtney said...

Cheryl: Spooning? Yes. Cupping? No. I'll add it to the list of ridiculousness pronto.

Natalie: The snakes are next week. Just kidding :)

Guess Who said...

I have a burning question: 'Huo Long' does the fire last?

Courtney said...

45 minutes, Chris Beverly. xx

TheBeautyFile said...

Um, holy shit. I am like blown away. Don't even know what to say, but my neurotic Jewish mother would disown me if I pulled a stunt like this!

Shannon said...

whoa...

Chris Brown said...

Flame on Girl!

Stephanie said...

Holy wow. I always knew you were one hot mama, but this takes the cake!

Katie said...

Oh my goodness! That was brave! Do you feel balanced or burned? :)

Olivia said...

I did the Fish spa while I was there, this looks a little scary. I might do it if I knew that existed...

Vanessa said...

WHAT? That is so freaking crazy looking!

MaryBeth said...

CRAZY! MB

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

Hilarious! But don't know if I would be so brave, although I've done a lot of crazy things. Maybe it will have to go on the list...

xo Mary Jo

Ann said...

These photos are even BETTER than you described! I love it!. The flames are more than a foot high! Amazing.

Renae said...

Oh my...you are BRAVE!

Joyce said...

Brave woman you are my friend! xoxo

pam@pixelimpress said...

omg, courtney. i don't think i'd be as brave as you are to do that. i sooo don't like fire. took me forever to get used to my gas stove! good for you! pam

The Lil Bee said...

OK, so I scrolled down in my google reader and thought, That's not Courtney's abdomen engulfed in flames, is it?! This is SICK, Court! I am so proud of you for trying it...that would've been a little to scary for moi!

erika said...

the wicks look like snakes! you are CRRRRRRRRAZY! i miss you!!!
sloane sends her auntie court a big slobbery kiss!!!
xo

Joanna Goddard said...

oh my goodness, i would be terrified! :) this is really fun to reada bout, thanks for sharing xo

julia said...

another reason never to go to Asia.

beachbungalow8 said...

ARE YOU INSANE??? that last photo of you laughing looks like you're possesed.

you're freaking me out.

simply seleta said...

You are adventurous in every way possible. Sizzling post!

Bryan said...

Dude...I'm in!