There are two kinds of fish that were given the name doctor fish (or nibble fish), they originally come from Turkey where in their natural spas they “eat” human skin affected with psoriasis and avoid the healthy skin tissue. Apparently they don’t exactly eat it (or not all of it) and only behave this way when food supply is sparse or unpredictable. Also, I believe that in the US and UK fish spa is prohibited for safety reasons (apart from many, the main reason being that blood-borne infection can be spread via the tank water).
When we got there, we washed our feet, toweled them dry, put on disposable slippers and went to the tank where 30-50 fish swam around. You climb up and while sitting immerse your feet into the fish tank..and now then fun begins. The actual experience is very…well, tickly does not even begin to describe it. I think the name nibble fish is way more accurate since that is exactly what they do, they nibble on your feet. And that nibbling feels like low vibration and it tickles like hell. You get used to it – unless some clever fish decides to nibble up your leg. But at the beginning I couldn’t help to giggle like a silly teenager. Definitely not an experience to take on with ehm…full bladder 😉 This procedure takes 30mins and by the end of it you just feel very mild vibrating-like sensation.
And now to the results: I had a pedicure prior to fish pedicure but my feet are always quite dry so I thought I could still benefit from all the nibbling. When I got home my feet were very dry as there was no massage or moisturizing afterwards. I know that my feet don’t like long soaking baths and the skin tends to crack after that. And that is exactly what happened. Nothing major but ended up with one painful crack. Without going into much detail, my cuticles benefit from this fishy treatment (pun intended) but overall I find this pedicure useful either for normal/slightly dry feet as a fun experience or for people who suffer with psoriasis.
I am not going to do this again but I’m really happy I could try it, it was (unusual) fun.
PS: I was quite glad that our fish tank had only 40 fish or so, I don’t think I would have coped with this 😀
Have you tried it or would you?