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This Egyptian Masseur Is Playing With Fire, But Easing Muscle Pain

In the Nile Delta governorate of Gharbeya, an Egyptian masseuse plays with fire to ease his client’s muscle pain. The technique, an ancient Pharaonic technique known as the “fiery towel” starts with a standard massage, then Abdel Rehim Saeid, the masseur, places several layers of towels and insulating materials on the client’s back and a final towel soaked in alcohol. The alcohol-soaked towel is set on fire for a minute before the flames are put out with a wet towel, as Reuters details: 

“It is ...called a fiery massage,” Saeid said, that works by sucking moisture out of the body.
“I communicate with the human body, coming into close contact with the body of the human in front of me,” he said.
Saeid said he cannot use the technique with people suffering from high blood pressure, kidney failure or haemophilia.

image credit: screenshot via Reuters


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