This woman bites people's butt and her clients include Kanye West, Bruce Willis, Katy Perry
Dr. Dot has been using this technique for more than 30 years.
Ever heard the urban metropolis adage: "The whackier the massage, the trendier it will be?"
Just kidding. That isn't an urban adage—that's us trying to make sense out of how many whacky massage therapies there are in the world today, and how wellness centers and salons are trying to get the ever-so-guile consumer to pay for it.
Dorothy Stein, aka Dr Dot, says she bites her celebrity clients' bums with a bizarre bite massage technique she's been using for 30 years— ☮Hakan☮GUNCE☮™ (@hakangunce) 4 May 2016
Like this peculiarly funny deep-tissue massage that entails biting. A lot of it.
Called the 'bite massage', the founder of the technique is 49-year-old chiropracter Dr Dorothy Stein from New Jersey. Nicknamed Doctor Dot, she has created the unconventional method of massaging that involves some gentle biting on the butt too.
Stein developed the unusual technique at the age of five while massaging her mother. "She wanted me to massage her but my hands weren't strong enough, so she just kept on saying 'Bite me!' So I've been doing this my whole life," she told Barcroft Media.
By the time she turned 15, Stein was already establishing herself as a massage therapist to watch out for. She had given her first backstage massage to the members of legendary rockers Def Leppard.
"Massage and music [were] instilled in me early on," the Connecticut native told Billboard. "I went to every Def Leppard show and massaged them. I built a network with those people and eventually started massaging bands to get into shows,"
But it wasn't until 1983 that Stein started 'mouthing' the backs of famous musicians and celebrities, starting with Def Leppard's Phil Collen.
"I wanted to get into shows for free and meet the people who wrote the lyrics that were so close to my heart," she explained. Since then, Stein has managed to get into more than 3,000 concerts with the help of her unusual massaging technique.
Although the networking grew, the music massaging scene did not really add up to her bank balance significantly. Stein, who currently charges between $150 and $250 for every hour, worked for free until 1994, when she started earning $2,000 per week on the first of three Rolling Stones tours. "[Drummer] Charlie [Watts] was the one who told me I needed to be paid," she revealed.
Today, Stein boasts of a whole gamut of celebrity clients who love her massage therapy. To name a few: Katy Perry, Eminem, Robert Plant, and Courtney Love. However, every celebrity brought their own whims and fancies for their massage session. Like Simon Cowell who liked gentle biting ("he didn't want it too hard") while "Juliette Lewis loved it."
Heroes singer David Bowie and members of the Grateful Dead also had it done, and Kanye West, whom Stein had massaged in Berlin for two hours, is a fan, too. "He listened to Jimi Hendrix and was very down to earth," Stein revealed.
How does the massage work?
"Naturally, I ask the client if they want to try it [biting] first. And then — before adding any oil — I bite the whole back up and down, in a very fluid motion, bit by bit, avoiding any bones. I do the neck and shoulders, and sometimes the glutes, too," she revealed further. "I take big bites, obviously not firm enough to break the skin, but firm and deep enough to grab and ' tenderize' the back muscles, warming them up for the real rubdown that follows.
Has anyone ever felt hurt by her biting?
"I’ve never hurt anyone doing it; it’s actually divine for the client, as it’s a sensation they’ve never experienced before. They’re marching into the unknown and putting their trust in me," she proudly asserted.
She starts her sessions with biting that she describes as the 'appetizer to the full meal'.
She then follows it with bites on the backs and buttocks, before putting oil on the skin and moving on to a more traditional massage technique.
However, if you were to ask medical experts, they aren't too convinced with Stein's technique. In her interview with Billboard, Dr Holly Phillips, author of The Exhaustion Breakthrough, explained why: "Stein believes the action promotes blood circulation in the same way cupping does, however, about 10 to 15 percent of human bite wounds become infected by bacteria. There is also the potential for transmission of viruses like hepatitis B."
Stein, on her part, defended her unusual technique by stating that it is completely optional. "I'm not just going to bite someone," she asserted. "Mariah Carey didn't want it. She's a germophobe."
Who's game to try her 'biting massage' now?
Watch how a celebrity wrestler client responds to her technique:
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