Girls Day Out: Snake Massages

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Sun, 03-28-2010 - 11:45am

So who wants to come along with me on this one?




Bizarre Ways to Beat Stress and Unwind

10 lesser-known methods for dealing with a high-stress life.

By Coeli Carr for MSN Health & Fitness



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Bizarre Ways to Beat Stress and Unwind // Woman receiving a snake massage (© Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)


Snake massage


Strange: Some people like the feel of non-poisonous reptiles slithering across their bodies in spa-like settings, with larger, heavier snakes providing a deeper kneading as they crawl across flesh. But how effective are these creatures at reducing stress? Even snakes’ general pressure on the body can be relaxing, says Kriota Willberg, a licensed massage therapist and an instructor at Swedish Institute, in New York. But what’s missing is a snake’s ability to systematically and selectively apply pressure, and to respond to the body’s feedback.

 

But True: When a patient is stressed out, the neck, shoulders, lower back and lower extremities are often especially tense, says Willberg. Within these areas of tension, multiple layers of muscles are often involved. By incorporating different muscle-relaxing techniques, such as tempo, expertise at palpating, and varying the pressure—skills that are not part of a snake’s repertoire—massage therapists customize their work to patients’ needs. The result is a modality that’s both stress-reducing and therapeutic.

 

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Sun, 03-28-2010 - 12:43pm

EEEEEWWWWWWWW !

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Sun, 03-28-2010 - 1:58pm
Well, I love a good massage but I don't think I would even sign up for this if it was free.

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Sun, 03-28-2010 - 5:48pm

Toss a boa constrictor in and you could have a neck massage guaranteed to loosen you up after you stop breathing.

No thanks.

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Sun, 03-28-2010 - 9:50pm

Some people walk around in circles and bark at the moon too..but we don't have to do what they do!! LOL!!


Okay, Suzan, you try


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Mon, 03-29-2010 - 11:34am
I'm ticklish too,,,
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Mon, 03-29-2010 - 11:37am
not even if free??????????ß LOL
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Mon, 03-29-2010 - 11:38am
some rattlers nipping at your toes????
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Mon, 03-29-2010 - 11:40am
screaming:
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Mon, 03-29-2010 - 4:44pm
Even that wouldn't work for me for, you see, I can't scream! I've tried many times to make a scream and the best I can do is a loud yell. Either my throat won't make that shrill screaming sound or maybe I just don't know how to do it. Nope..can't scream..how unfemale of me..LOL!!


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Tue, 03-30-2010 - 6:41am
we'll have to get you and "the queen of scream" alias Jamie Lee Curtis together for lessons...