A Fishy Spa

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It appears that my auto-publish feature in Live Writer decided not to work on Wednesday so I missed out on the Wordless Wednesday series – and since I had the post done up – might as well publish it – right ?

What would it take to get you to stick your feet in a tank of fish that feed on human flesh ? I’m talking about fish that feed on your feet ?? Except in this case – it’s not a piranha but more like a cross between a goldfish and a really skinny fish … and you’ll still be left alive !

The first ever known fish spa started back in the early 1900’s in Turkey with the Garra Rufa or Doctor fish.  The Kangal spa in Turkey has been a healing destination for more than 100 years and since 1988 has been a treatment centre for psoriasis sufferers from all over the world.

I never ever thought that I’d voluntarily put my feet into a space where little fishes would come and nibble on them to give me a fish spa treatment !!!  So whilst I was on holiday in Thailand – my mate Nat and I decided to give this fish spa a whirl !

The two of us (as you can hear and see) were petrified and were shrieking like 5 year olds !! It’s such an unusual feeling … almost like your feet are being molested by a mob of hungry fish !! As much as I am a water baby and love the ocean – I am also sh*t scared of fishes !!! I’d much rather swim with a whale or a shark than be left to the mercy of beady eyed fishes !

Here’s a slightly closer look at how the fish come after the dead skin on the feet .. sounds gross I know – but it’s not so bad … (and I apologize if the video is not clear – its very clear when I watch it but seems to be a bit fuzzy now that I have it up on YouTube)

The entire experience was hilarious as the two of us kept getting freaked out about the way the fish were nibbling (actually more like sucking on our feet) – but we managed to sit there for about 30 minutes or so.  We found a deal for THB 150 for 2 people and unlimited time – so made the most of it.  Our feet definitely felt ‘smoother’ but not as smooth as when you have an actual pedicure.

Now that you’ve hopefully watched both videos - here are some questions for you ….

  1. Have you ever heard of a fish spa ?  
  2. Have you ever tried one ?
  3. Do you think fish spas could be a part of the new pedicure process ?

Can’t wait to hear what you have to say about this – and let’s refrain from making fun of me for screaming out like a little girl LOL


Vinita Apte said...

hahha...my god you have guts :) that looks creepy, really...the thought of something eating you alive is so ghoulish...

I might give it a try for fun sake. This is the first time I have ever heard about a fish spa....I think pedicures will be always in...the normal ones I mean.

Dazediva said...

@ Lazy Pineapple .. it was more ticklish than it was creepy; and as you can hear from our squeals - it definitely took guts to put our feet in there AND then leave it in there !! It's worth trying once for sure :)

Anonymous said...

Ooo, I've heard of this fishy spa treatment, but I've never tried it -- but mostly because I never thought that it'd be worth it when a standard pedicure is usually so much cheaper.

I don't have a problem with fish (birds, on the other hand, scare the living crap out of me), so I'd give it a shot if I knew for a fact that it would make my feet silky smooth :)

Anonymous said...

I have heard of these, and absolutely will never try it!! I'm too ticklish...can't even survive a normal pedicure. :-(. Good for you for trying it though!!

Dazediva said...

@ Manshopping .. the fishy spa therapy was pretty cheap actually (then again we were in Thailand) $5 for 2 pax unlimited time (there was an offer); but normally its about $5 per person for 15-30 mins in Thailand .. in the US I think its about $1 per min ..

@ Anonymous aka Kerbehr .. so glad someone else is like me; normal pedis' get me giggling away too!! but definitely give it a shot - its worth the laughter :)

MissMelisaMae said...

You are most certainly a braver woman that I!

I've never heard of a fish spa and I can honestly say that if something like this were to become available at my nail place I think I would still steer clear of the flesh eating goldfish. Creepy! haha