A zoo is offering visitors the opportunity to 'enjoy' a deep muscle massage - from enormous deadly pythons.
In return for a donation to the running of the organisation, visitors to the Cebu City Zoo in the Philippines are offered the service, which involves four large pythons being placed across the body.
According to the Mirror, the snakes are five metres long and weigh a combined 250kg.
The Metro reports the giant Burmese pythons, named Michelle, Walter, EJ and Daniel, are each fed around 10 chickens before the massage begins to help curb hunger pains.
Zoo manager Giovanni Romarate said: "At first, visitors feel fear but most of the guests who try the snake massage say that they like it."
One 'patient', Ian Maclean from Hawaii, told the Daily Mail: "I've been massaged twice and lived to tell the tale.
"I had to lie on my back on a bamboo daybed in the open air. 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."
And here we were thinking the whole point of a massage was to be able to really switch off and relax (and not worry about being squeezed to death by a python)...
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Introducing the zoo offering giant snake massages
If the idea of being massaged by snakes rocks your world, you might consider visiting Ada Barak’s Carnivorous Plant Farm and spa in Israel. Ada discovered that visitors who handled the snakes she was feeding to her plants seemed to enjoy the sensation of touching them, so came up with the stress-relieving treatment which involves a combination of California and Florida king snakes, corn snakes and milk snakes (all non-venomous) writhing over your body. The massages cost $80 (£49).
Inspired by St. Regis' famed 'Bloody Mary', this signature ritual is a homage to a timeless tradition. Exclusively at the St Regis Bali Resort, the treatment begins with an energizing Tomato, Pineapple and Wasabi Body Reviver followed by skin purifying Vodka Tomato Clay Wrap. A detoxifying massage and an invigorating Tomato Vermouth and Mineral Salt bath ensue, leaving you feeling thoroughly recharged and revived.
Following this, join in a Bloody Mary Cocktail making class and sample the hotels’ very own unique Bali Mary (served in a champagne glass and includes jicama, brown sugar and pepper vodka).
£390 per night includes accommodation in a St. Regis Suite, luxury transfers, daily breakfast, cocktail session and spa treatment.
On offer at the renowned London salon Hari’s, the caviar hair mask sounds a bit fishy, but is apparently odourless. It apparently contains high-potency fish oils which are supposed to be wonderfully nourishing for the hair. The treatment, which takes 60 minutes, costs £100.
Do saunas leave you too hot and bothered? If so, you might prefer to hang out in the Snow Cave at Butlins Ocean Hotel Spa in Bognor Regis. Should help you to chill out – quite literally – after experiencing some of the other delights on offer at the spa, including ‘disco showers’ complete with music and flashing lights, and the crystal steam room. Use of the spa costs £19 for two hours.
The Fisho Spa in Phuket, Thailand, offers full-body fish nibbling as an all-over exfoliation treatment. The experience, known as ichthyotherapy involves ‘doctor fish’ nibbling away dead skin cells, and is described as a pleasant sensation... A half-hour session costs 990 Baht (£20).
The Yugawara Hot Spring Resortin Tokyo suburb offers a truly golden opportunity to experience its Umo 24-Karat Facial. Costing 15,750 Yen (£118), the treatment is meant toslow down collagen depletion and the breakdown of elastin to prevent sagging skin, firm skin cells and provide a tightening effect.
‘Your face, my backside’ suddenly takes on new meaning for those who’ve indulged in a ‘butt facial’ as offered at the Euphoria spa in Detroit, USA! After a thorough cleansing, your buttocks are treated to a full ‘facial’, with exfoliation, followed by a masque and, if necessary, waxing. Finally, you’ll have a warm paraffin treatment applied. Only thing is, who are you gonna show it off to?
The Hotel Haikko Manor Spa in Porvoo, Finland, offers you the chance to be frozen alive in its special Super Cold Cryochamber. It claims the treatment refreshes, enhances good sleep, relieves various muscle and rheumatic pains, stress and skin problems.. The temperature is set to around minus 110˚C and is so extreme that you can only spend a couple of minutes in the chamber without suffering hypothermia. Apparently the process also strengthens the immune system!
Cleopatra favoured milk for bathing, but you can go one better by immersing yourself in Beaujolais Nouveau at the Yunessun hot spring spa resort in Hakone, Japan. Can’t promise you won’t emerge a somewhat ruddy shade, but if it’s up your street then ‘Cheers’!
This unique therapy, offered at Rockin Heart Ranch in Wyoming from June to September combines Reiki - the ancient art of healing - with the ‘healing power’ of horses. According to the website, ‘horse and rider combine themselves into one entity… and the motion of the horse assists in creating a deep sense of relaxation’. A 90-min session costs $225 (£138).
Next time you find yourself in California with your other half, why not treat yourselves to an on-board, open-air Voga Massage offered by The Gondola Company at Coronado Bay. The 40-minute massage takes place on a Venetian caorlina fitted with two professional massage beds, and the fabulous floating experience includes chocolate-dipped strawberries. You can even bring your own favourite tipple if you like. Price: $419 (£257) per couple.
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Although they might look cumbersome and cute, hippos are actually one of the most feared animals in Africa, and can outrun a human. When a male feels its territory is threatened, or a female thinks her offspring her in danger, these animals can be particularly dangerous. And with huge teeth and mouth that can open four feet wide, it's a good idea to steer clear. Kills: An estimated 100-150 people a year. Deadly technique: Hippos will charge, trample and gore its victims, and have been known to upturn boats and canoes without warning. Lives in: Africa
Many people might not realise that the cape buffalo is one of the most dangerous animals in Africa, and will react with force when it feels threatened. These beasts can weigh up to 1.5 tons and stand at 1.7 metres high; they're so intimidating that even lions don't usually consider them dinner. Cape buffalos will charge, and then gore its victim to death with its impressive horns. Kills: An estimated 200 people a year. Deadly technique: These animals will charge and gore their victims to death with their huge horns. Lives in: Africa
Out of the world's 2,000 species of snake, around 250 are thought to be capable of killing a man. The Asian cobra does not have the deadliest venom, but is believed to be responsible for the biggest portion of the thousands of snakebite deaths every year. In Africa, the black mamba is the largest venomous snake and, during an attack, can strike up to 12 times, each time delivering enough neuro and cardio-toxic venom to kill a dozen men within 1 hour. Kills: An estimated 50-125,000 people a year. Deadly technique: A snake will use its fangs to pierce the skin and inject its paralysing venom. Lives in: Africa, Asia, Australia, North America
Box jellyfish can have up to 60 tentacles as long as 15 feet. And each tentacle contains enough venom to kill 50 humans, making it one of the most venomous marine creatures in the world. If stung, a box jellyfish can kill a man within minutes. Kills: An estimated 100 people a year. Deadly technique: Jellyfish use their tentacles to pump venom and paralyse its prey. Deaths in humans are usually a result of cardiac arrest. Lives in: Northern Australia, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
Apart from humans, the mosquito is the deadliest creature on the planet. It kills millions of people every year through the spread of diseases like malaria, yellow fever, and dengue fever. Many of the malaria victims are children under the age of five. Kills: Two to three million people a year. Deadly technique: Female mosquitos pierce the skin with serrated mouth parts, and inject a saliva with a thinning agent to liquidise the blood. Lives in: Worldwide, more harmful in Africa, Asia and North America
The great white shark, which can grow up to six metres in length and weigh up to five tons, seems to have the most ferocious reputation. But, while they have been known to attack humans, most of these incidents are thought to be 'test bites', where the animal is deciphering whether he wants to eat you. And, generally, they humans are not on the menu. It is thought the aggressive bull shark is responsible for the most attacks on people. Out of the 360 shark species, only four are known killers: the great white, the bull, tiger, and the oceanic white tip. Kills: An estimated 100 people a year. Deadly technique: Sharks use their razor-sharp teeth to rip chunks out of its victims. Great whites usually take a big single bite, drag their victims into deeper waters, and wait until the prey bleeds to death before they eat it. Lives in: Florida, Australia, Hawaii and South Africa.
The are lots of different species of bear, but the polar, black and grizzly are the deadliest. Native to the Arctic, polar bears could decapitate a human being with one swipe of their massive paws. Bears generally attack when they are hungry, so it's a good idea to keep food away from your camp. Kills: An estimated 5 to 10 people a year. Deadly technique: Bear will use their teeth and claws to maul and trample their victims. Lives in: North America, Canada, North Pole, and Russia.
Crocodiles have been around for 200 million years, and are fearsome predators. The saltwater crocodile, or saltie, is the largest living reptile in the world, and can grow up to 21ft long and weigh 1.6 tons. These animals can run extremely fast on land, and, in the water, can swim as fast as dolphin. Many fatalities occur when people are washing or gathering food near river banks. Kills: An estimated 600-800 people a year. Deadly technique: Crocodiles will grab their victims with terrifying speed, and often launch into a 'death roll', weakening its prey, dragging it under water and drowning the victim. Lives in: Africa and Australia
Out of the 1,500 species of scorpion, the African spitting scorpion is thought to be the most deadly, and can spray its venom up to a metre. Arounf 25 species of scorpion are thought to be deadly to humans. Kills: An estimated 800-2,000 people a year. Deadly technique: Scorpions use their tail stingers to paralyse their prey with venom. Lives in: Worldwide; particularly Africa, the Americas and Central Asia.
Weighing in at up to eight tons, although beautiful creatures, elephants can be lethal. African elephants in particular can be aggressive, especially older bulls and young males. These creatures, unsurprisingly, are more aggressive in areas where poaching is rife or when their habitat is threatened. Kills: An estimated 300-500 people a year. Deadly technique: Most human deaths are result of the elephant trampling on its victim. Lives in: Africa and India
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