Learning how to relax and release one’s stress takes a measure of ingenuity. Case in point Jakarta’s Bali Heritage Reflexelogy and Spa that offers its high brow clientele snake massages to help you really de-stress.
The philosophy behind the unlikely therapeutic technique relies on the notion that being forced to contend with abject fear is likely to force one to take their mind of their day to day worries as they contend with a very dire distraction.
The process involves one to bravely lie on their stomach as python snakes of all shapes and sizes to writhe across one’s back.
Reiterates the UK’s dailymail: The centre says the movement of the snakes and the adrenaline triggered by fear is said to have a positive impact on the customer’s metabolism.
However, adrenaline is released when someone is stressed and it has several effects on the body which relaxing spa treatments aim to counter.
According to the spa, when one is faced with a stressful situation, such as being covered in snakes, the body releases the hormone adrenaline, among other chemicals, which increases one’s heart rate, elevates blood pressure and boosts energy supplies.
So a ‘therapy’ that aims to have this effect will only serve to make you feel more wired and on edge as opposed to less relaxed – assuming that is clients are not accustomed to touching snakes.
The spa goes on to tell that there is a distinct chance after one has being frozen in fear (you think?) with muscles tensed for up to an hour, one may need a full body massage afterwards, to naturally need out some new knots. The added kick of having slithering snakes against one’s skin is also said to provide the ultimate finishing touch that a human masseuse could just never provide.
The spa goes on to tell the technique has gone on to catch favor with a willing clientele although some health experts warn that the technique may also have some adverse affects and it’s unorthodox methods may not necessarily do much in the first place.
Interestingly the snakes are fed up to half an hour prior to being used for massage (in the event you become breakfast too) and are under the constant supervision of two handlers.
The treatment is said to go for $47, which is four times the normal cost for a human massage in the area.
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