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Facials, massages, and other pampering treatments are supposed to be relaxing, right? Not so for Jason Bateman. The actor hilariously detailed his recent trip to a Beverly Hills day spa on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night, and the results — which left him “completely dehydrated” and “unconscious” — sounded painful and more than a little dangerous.
His wife persuaded him to get a facial, he said, and Bateman (who noted that he’s low-maintenance himself but listens to his wife when it comes to beauty) wasn’t really sure what to expect. “I walk in and the gal says, ‘You’re going to want to take your clothes off, put this robe on, and meet me in the back where the hot tub is,’” he said, noting that he was skeptical but followed her as instructed. “The tub looks like a pot you’d put seafood in. It’s bubbling and it’s hot. She says, ‘Jump in!’ And she’s not leaving,” he told Kimmel. “Not only does it look hot, but I’ve been married 15 years. No one’s seen this — anything — for 15 years. I’m a shy guy. So I try to position myself where she can’t see me once I drop the robe, and I find that position. But I’m not going to lollygag. I’m going to get right in the water, because it’s bubbling, so I can get everything under and she’s not going to see anything.”
The water was excruciating, Bateman said, but he stuck it out. “The first layer of derma is gone, which I’ve got to assume is part of the treatment, so I’m feeling pain but I’m assuming beauty. … I’m super hot, I’m tingling, I’m sweating, starting to see different colors.”
A half hour and one scrub-down later, Bateman started to feel even woozier. “I get out, I start to towel off, and I’m starting to feel terrible. I’m starting to really see spots now, and I’m feeling nauseous, totally lightheaded, because I’ve lost a great deal of water. She’s boiled me like a clam. I go down and I take a knee, because I feel like the lights might go out and I want to get closer to the ground. I see a chair in the corner. I start to shimmy over there on my knees, and that’s the last I remember,” he told the late-night host. “Now I’m done. I’m out. I’m completely dehydrated and I’m unconscious.”
Next thing he remembers, he said, he woke up surrounded by spa attendants and EMTs. “There’s cold water being poured on me from three Eastern European women now, saying, ‘God is great! Thanks, God! He’s still alive.’ And there’s seven paramedics around me. I was unresponsive for seven minutes,” he said. “I had to get on the phone with Cedars-Sinai saying that I am refusing transport. I’m like, ‘You’re not taking me out on a gurney onto Sunset Boulevard naked on a Wednesday afternoon.’ They’re going to think I’m some guy on a bender that just wanted to get pulled on for the afternoon, you know?”
Bateman’s tale ended well, but heated spa treatments can be a little dangerous, especially if you’re a novice. Concerned about how to keep your cool at your own pamper session? Laura Ann Conroy, director of training and innovation at Bliss, has some tips.
“Always proceed with caution and enter any whirlpool slowly,” Conroy tells Yahoo Beauty. “Start by dipping your toe. If you dip your toe in, and it feels too hot, it is too hot. If you can’t comfortably keep your foot in the whirlpool for more than a few seconds, don’t go in. You risk burning your skin. If it feels warm but you adjust quickly, go ahead and ease yourself in.”
And that lightheadedness Bateman felt? It’s a bad sign, Conroy cautions. “Any time you start to feel lightheaded, nauseous, a rapid heartbeat, a headache, or shortness of breath, get out of the water and seek a cooler area,” she warns.
After getting out of the heat, “take a cool shower to bring your temperature down and drink plenty of fluids. If you don’t feel better within 30 minutes, seek medical attention.”
Use particular caution if you’ve been drinking alcohol, have high blood pressure, are pregnant, or have diabetes, Conroy advises. And if you know you tend to be sensitive to heat, ask if there is an attendant near the whirlpool, or tell your spa therapist that you can’t tolerate high temperatures. “Always tell your therapist if you don’t feel comfortable — they can always adjust the treatment for your needs,” she says, “and don’t go into the whirlpool alone if there is not an attendant.”