Snake massage is probably the scariest massage that anyone can have. Just imagine a slippery, over 6-foot python gliding through your naked body, followed by a few more. And not only that, these big snakes tend to squeeze your body as they do their thing, causing you to be on guard and tense up as opposed to getting relaxed. However, people who have gone through a snake massage swear that the experience will give you an adrenaline rush.
If so, then this massage technique is better suited for adrenaline junkies. But you will be surprised at how many different people actually end up trying it. According to Huffington Post, the giant snakes weigh a total of 550 pounds as they work on your skin and muscles. Luckily, the slithering reptiles’ mouths are taped so they can’t bite you. Still, it will probably take a few tries to get used to a snake massage before you start relaxing.
A snake massage doesn’t always involve big snakes, though, as some massage operators use little snakes, too. So don’t be surprised when a combination of big and small snakes are used on you. Together, the big and small reptiles achieve a gradation in massage pressure in the same manner that a regular massage practitioner will apply pressure at different intensities in one regular massage session.
Snake massage started to show up in the massage profession as early as 2013, as revealed by Buzz Feed. Still, the source is convinced that it’s a massage technique that only lunatics would dare to experience. Still, there is a method to the madness. In fact, the source actually takes us through the process step-by-step. Let’s just discuss a few principles.
Are You Brave Enough For A Snake Massage?
A free massage after a day of sightseeing might sound too good to turn down, but what about if it involves some snakes to help you relax?
Tourists to Cebu City Zoo in the Philippines might think twice about the taking the ‘treatment’ when they see exactly what it involves.
Four giant Burmese pythons, weighing a combined 250kg, slither across those brave enough to get comfortable with the snakes on a bamboo bed.
The pythons, named Michelle, Walter, EJ and Daniel, are each fed around 10 chickens before the massage begins to help curb any hunger pains they might have.
Ian Maclean, from Hawaii, who has been massaged twice by the snakes, said: ‘I was briefed on what to do and what not to do during the massage.
‘These instructions are crucial, as you can imagine. They tell you not to blow air on the snake, because this is like being pinched on the bum, apparently.
‘You can’t shout for help as the snake can feel your vibrations and thinks you’re prey or a predator, depending on the environment.’
The slithering motion of the snakes during the 10 to 15 minute sessions is said to be therapeutic and calming.
Zoo manager Giovanni Romarate added: ‘At first, visitors feel fear but most of the guests who try the snake massage say that they like it.’