By Camile Rocha-Keys @CamileRKeys

A HOLISTIC therapist uses snakes to massage her clients - claiming it cures depression and even helps victims of abuse

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Videographer / director: Kadeh Ferreira
Producer: Camile Rocha-Keys, Ruby Coote
Editor: Sonia Estal

Flamboyant therapist Sarah Zaad claims snake massage helps cure her clients of mental disorders

Instead of traditional massaging techniques, Sarah Zaad uses up to six pythons and boa constrictors on brave customers who want to relax or be treated for mental disorders.

The flamboyant therapist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil believes her snakes have a magic touch, which can benefit people by massaging their bodies.

She said: "I am known as the Snake Queen.

Long term client Thayna G. Romao Da Silva started seeing Sarah as therapy after suffering abuse as a child

"I do this massage with snakes because it is a beneficial treatment to many people. People who have issues with touching and also other types of disorders, such as depression.

"And I have achieved amazing results with this type of treatment, reaching 100% success in all cases I had."

Thayna still has snake massage though now it's more a form of relaxation rather than therapy

The 43-year-old was taught the unconventional technique by a fellow gypsy in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires when she was 20.

She explained: "Because the snakes have a lot of muscles and when they crawl we can feel parts of our body we cant feel with a normal massage or touch.

Sarah uses up to six pythons or boa constrictors on her clients

"I ask them [snakes] to go up and down. When I dance they follow my rhythm. So they obey my commands what other people can’t do.

"Not only is this pleasurable for those adrenaline craving clients, it is a deep love exchange.

"It is a touch slightly heavy but light at the same time that transform a simple massage into an intensive moment of pleasure.

'I love the massage on my ass and my hips and on my shoulders, it’s wonderful,' Thayna G. Romao Da Silva

"One snake massage is worth 10 sessions of normal massage therapy. If I put 20 snakes on someone’s body it is like if I’ve had 20 hands massaging this person."

And ever since then Sarah has used her slippery serpents to help people all over Brazil, especially focusing on treating women who have been physically abused.

Sarah is known as the 'Snake Queen'

She said: "These women end up being so scared of people, not only scared of their husbands, but they have been through psychological terror.

"For some of my clients they don’t let other human beings touch them but they let the snakes.”

Thayna G. Romao Da Silva is a long-standing client of Sarah and thanks the unusual therapy for helping her through a difficult time.

'Because the snakes have a lot of muscles and when they crawl we can feel parts of our body we cant feel with a normal massage or touch,' Sarah Zaad

She said: “I have been doing holistic massage with Sarah for over five years. The massage actually started as therapy for me, but now I do it as a relaxing thing.

"I was abused when I was younger and I had to do treatment with drugs before but the drugs take away a bit of your emotions.

Sarah learnt the unconventional form of massage therapy from a gypsy in Buenos Aires, Argentina

"That’s when I found the holistic therapy and all the snakes made me feel so much better.

"When they start crawling you feel as if many hands are squeezing you.

"I love the massage on my ass and my hips and on my shoulders, it’s wonderful