Friday, May 30, 2008
What's more relaxing than having a bunch of snakes crawling all over your back?
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For about $70, clients at Ada Barak's spa in northern Israel can add a wild twist to their treatment by having six non-venomous but very lively serpents slither and hiss a path across their aching muscles and stiff joints.
Barak uses California and Florida king snakes, corn snakes and milk snakes in her treatments, which she said were inspired by her belief that once people get over any initial misgivings, they find physical contact with the creatures to be soothing.
Clients lie down on a massage table while six non-venomous snakes crawl over their back and body. While the snakes slither around, a human masseur applies more traditional massage therapy.