Snake massage for brave tourists at Cebu City Zoo, Philippines

Are you brave enough for a snake massage?
Ssspa treatment: A brave tourist ‘relaxes’ with a snake massage (Picture: Caters)

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.

Snake massage for brave tourists at Cebu City Zoo, Philippines
The snakes are fed prior to the massage (Picture: Caters)

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.’

21 May 2014 | 4:09 pm – Source:

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