Some people like the feel of non-poisonous snakes slithering across their bodies in spa-like settings, with heavier snakes providing a deeper kneading as they crawl across flesh! But is this an effective stress buster?
Kriota Willberg, a licensed massage therapist and an instructor at Swedish Institute New York, confirms that the snakes’ general pressure on the body can be relaxing. According to the therapist, when a patient is stressed out, the neck, shoulders, lower back and lower extremities are often tense.
Massage therapists incorporate different muscle-relaxing techniques to customize the snakes’ repertoire to the patient’s needs, resulting in a remedy that’s both stress-reducing and therapeutic.