The recently “consciously uncoupled” Gwyneth Paltrow preaches strange self-help tips on a regular basis to women on her Goop website, but she may have out-done herself with her latest, holistic recommendation.
In a recent post extolling the virtues of the Korean “Tikkun” spa, she waxes poetic about a steam-cleaning process for a woman’s nether regions:
Tikkun is the next level when it comes to Korean spas, combining high-tech far infrared heat with traditional Korean sauna therapies. So, if you want to lay down in a Himalayan salt brick tiled sauna, or sit in a Hwangto clay room, you get the added benefit of far infrared heat. And, in addition to the sauna rooms, there’s a long menu of massages and kick-ass body scrubs to complement the sauna time. We’re burying the lede though, because the real golden ticket here is the Mugworth V-Steam: You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al. It is an energetic release—not just a steam douche—that balances female hormone levels. If you’re in LA, you have to do it.
As one can well imagine, there have been various and animated reactions to Paltrow’s steamy recommendation. Raw Story catalogs medical responses by claiming “3 out of 3 doctors agree” that she’s completely full of kimchi when it comes to the Korean therapy:
Steam is probably not good for your vagina,” Gunter wrote. “Herbal steam is no better and quite possibly worse. It is most definitely more expensive.”
Not only would the steam would not enter a vagina without the use of an attachment, Gunter stated — which would be unadvisable in and of itself — but it could not have any effect on a woman’s menstrual cycles or ability to have children.
“If you want to feel relaxed get a good massage,” she advised. “If you want to relax your vagina, have an orgasm.”
Well, we’re not sure anyone can disagree with that advice.