Massage parlours, thalassotherapy centres and even wellness institutes have experienced a boom in popularity over the last few years. From around forty spas in France ten years ago, there are now close to two thousand. To be competitive, professionals are diversifying, and offering all kinds of services, from luxury spas to naturist treatments.
But some of these establishments are far from hygienic, employ painful massage methods or act as fronts for sects and even prostitution… What are the risks and abuses of the wellness business? An investigation into a poorly regulated industry.