Snake massage in Aklan?
SNAKE MASSAGE – The Kalibo Ostrich Farm in Aklan is offering a unique way of giving relaxing therapy to clients for only P300.
The idea was courtesy of Ramon Dio, the owner of the said farm. In an interview via Dapat Alam Mo!, he claimed that undergoing the said massage is safe. “Nilalagay namin yung snake, nagsisimula sa dibdib, tapos hinahayaan naming lumakad sila kung saan sila pupunta… sa kamay mo papunta sa paa,” he said.
The massage cost P300 and it last for 30 minutes. The farm owner said that the snakes don’t need oil or powder to massage the client. Aside from relieving stress, the process also take their fear of snakes.
One of their customers is a certain Gretchel Jismundo who had snake massage for a couple of times. “Pakiramdam ko po habang minamasahe po ako, nakaka-relax po talaga,” she said.
Ramon said that the massage is effective because many clients are returning to his farm. For the first-timers who are afraid of their safety while having the massage, there are handlers assisting at the same time monitoring the snakes.
The “snake spa” also imposed some safety precautions. “Sinasabi namin sa mga guests na huwag silang maingay o huwag hihipan yung snake. Dagdag pa roon, para [sa] safety, hindi namin pinapayagan yung kumain ng chicken [habang nagpapamasahe].”
But veterinarian Dr. Noel Manalo is not in favor of using snakes for a massage since they are naturally dangerous. “Ang isang Burmese python ay may kakayahang bumali ng ating mga buto sa katawan at pahintuin ang ating paghinga,” he said.
Meanwhile, snake massage is also famous in other countries. In fact, according to africanews.en, a spa in Cairo, Egypt uses 29 non-venomous snakes to give relaxing therapy to their customers.
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