Fabitat | Photo by Marisa KM (Chicago)

The bed of nails is an ancient tool used by yogis to attain perfection of body and mind. Sally Marvel, the “Pain Proof Woman”, puts on an amazing display of mind over matter by enduring stress positions, flaming nails, and by having cinder blocks smashed on her abdomen with a sledgehammer. Sally also creates an “iron maiden” by sandwiching herself between the brutalizing teeth of two nail beds and then stacking hundreds of pounds on top, pressing excruciatingly sharp nails into Sally’s body from above and below. 

 

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