"Some people said that holding the snakes made them feel better, relaxed," the owner said. "One old lady said it was soothing, like a cold compress."
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Life can get really hectic at times, and we need some time off to relax and rejuvenate. When this happens, does anything sound better than a spa day? Hitting a spa really gets those knots in the muscles undone, helps you feel calm, and basically enjoy the rest of the day because you feel so fresh! Now, there are several techniques and methods that people opt for to keep them glowing. Now, this is why the Korean 10-step skincare routine became a hit. Recently, a spa in Israel came up with a twist to their services.
This massage technique is bound to make some people's skin crawl, and there's no denying this is crazy. Ara Barak, a woman from Israel, claims her pet snakes make the ideal masseurs as their slithering causes a massage sensation when placed on a person's skin. Barak said she discovered her pet's 'therapeutic value' after she began noticing how calm her friends became once they held the snakes.
"Some people said that holding the snakes made them feel better, relaxed," she said. "One old lady said it was soothing, like a cold compress." The owner of the Barak's Snake Spa said her pets are able to give a massage as their slithering causes a rubbing sensation on the body. Barak initially planned on exhibiting her scaly friends to make some money but found there is more cash rolling in from people wanting a massage, in a complete reptile therapy style.
Snake Massage: Wriggling Snake Massage: At Ada Barak's spa in northern Israel, snakes don't give people the.. http://tinyurl.com/6nzwpl— Buck Wolf (@wolfb) October 29, 2008
As expected, the snakes that are used for massage are all non-venomous. You wouldn't want any tragedies to occur, would you? But, the size of the snakes completely depends on the requirements of the clients. Larger snakes are used for more of a deep muscle tension massage. Whereas the smaller snakes are going to be used on lighter massages because they tend to create a ‘fluttering’ effect.
Article in Time on a spa in Israel using snakes to massage clients. Just reading this is going to give me nightmares for days. I mean, OMG.— Kellie Megnin (@kelliemegnin) September 28, 2008
When the session starts, the therapist will wash the snakes first, and then dry them off. Once they’ve been dried off, they’ll place the snakes on your back, and that's when the slithering begins. The best part is, if you're feeling a bit adventurous, then there's no harm in handling the snakes, as long as you're gentle with them. See, I get that this could be relaxing and soothing for some people, but I would not be someone to wait for this to happen.
Stressed out? Geta snake massage. New trend out of Israel that uses real snakes. Personally, I'll stick to traditional massages.— Danilo Bogdanovic (@DaniloB) April 21, 2008
Some people had concerns. Amy Miller wrote: Well, the snakes are cold-blooded and cozying up to warm-blooded critters like us might actually be enjoyable for them, but i doubt they enjoy being washed and dried so much. Kat Hula Parks added: I would love this! Though I would probably want heavier snakes on my back, like adult black pine snakes, bull or gopher snakes or ball pythons. That would feel wonderful.