Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Not just a euphemism, but a massage by actual snakes.
If you are worried they are too slimy, don't worry, a BuzzFeed post notes they wash the snakes before they put them on you and describes the process.
The cost at the Bai Heritage Reflexology and Spa in Jakarta, Indonesia offers a 90-minute massage for around $37-43USD. They use pythons and tape their mouths shut (which seems a little cruel) and have the therapists on hand monitor them.
An article at Daily Mail UK that at the Cebu Zoo in the Philippines you can get a 15-minute massage and it is for around 50 cents to educate the people about snakes and to try to attract more visitors. The around 550lb pythons are trained and fed 10 chickens each beforehand so they won't see you as a buffet, and you have to agree to hold very still, not scream or even breathe too hard as they are giant pythons. Pythons are not venomous, but can constrict tightly and restrict breathing so you would need to be able to follow those instructions.
In Talmi Elazar, Israel at Ada Barekl's snake spa, instead of pythons they use smaller, non-poisious snakes such as California and Florida king snakes, corn snakes and milk snake for around $70USD. The spa reports the larger snakes are for deep muscle tension relief and the smaller ones 'fluttering" type of effect.
Who would want to do this? Is reported that the massages are relaxing and something adrenaline junkies might want to try to add to their experiences.