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Dr Fish Pedicure Experience …what’s all the fish fuss about


You may have read about the Dr Fish pedicure last year on Spavelous, seen it featured on the internet, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, Tyra Banks Show, or a local news channel. However, if you are one of the few who haven’t here is a video which will give you an idea this fishy spa experience.



The Clients Spa Experience

The Dos ...

You will begin your pedicure by having your feet washed and sanitized prior to placing them into the tanks filled with the fish.  While Garra Rufa fish in other countries may be used in large pools, hot springs or multi people foot spas, Most spas in the United States are erring on the side of safety with a Fish Pedicure, tank built for one.

The fish, as many spa goers say "kiss the skin", ridding it of all affected and dead skin areas, leaving the healthy skin untouched to continue to grow and repair. The process is both painless and strangely wonderful, leaving behind a unique pleasant tingling sensation. Many spa clients have been skittish or find it to be ticklish at first.  However, they soon get use to it.  Once feet have been placed in the warm water, the Doctor fish begin to investigate. Once you have passed the point of feeling ticklish, the fish begin to act as a stimulating, yet relaxing massage with one hundred twenty five of them running their little suction cup mouths along your feet and toes. Rest assured, these inch-long fish have no teeth!

They seek out and remove dead skin, bacteria and calluses while rejuvenating healthy skin. The initial feeling of trepidation dissipates quickly as the tingling sensations mimic a massage.

It is best to have your feet dangling in the water so the fish can clean the hard callous skin on the bottom of your feet and heels.  Some spas use large stones at the bottom of the tank so you may rest the arch of your foot on them.  Either way, your skin is left smooth, glowing and looking healthier. Although, also used for individuals suffering from Psoriasis, fish treatments are not a cure for the disease but a temporary treatment cure which can aid in preventing symptoms if repeated on a monthly basis. Nonetheless, there have been some individuals who claim to have been completely cured of Psoriasis after undergoing fish treatments. The fish treatments are also recognized as treatments utilized to release fatigue, increase blood circulation and aid in relaxation.

The Do Nots ...

So why not immerse yourself into a hot spring or fish pool, or enjoy a foot, or body fish treatment before a massage.  Some States indicate that this may not be sanitary, as you do not know what the fish may carry or transfer from person to person.  States where The Fish Pedicure is Illegal.

The Spa Association Singapore has said that banning fish-spa treatments is the way to go.  The association, an umbrella body representing 75 spa or related business outlets, said that as far as it knew, none of its members offered fish-spa services.
An industry insider reckons that at least 20 shops in Singapore do the fish spa treatments, the more well-known names being Kenko Reflexology & Fish Spa and Qian Hu Fish Farm.  Business operators said they were unaware of licensing requirements binding the business of using fish to nibble away dead skin.

In Singapore, they said, that they use filtration systems and ultraviolet light to kill bacteria in the water; they also said they check that their customers are clear of wounds.  The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore confirmed that it did not have regulations on fish being used this way, and that its priority was to ensure that the fish were unharmed.

So far, there have been reported that at least two complaints emerged this year against fish spas - the Consumers Association of Singapore received one, and The New Paper ran a report on two sisters who caught fungal infections from a fish spa.  Some operators said they believed the complaints came about because of “black sheeps” in the industry who are in the business due to low entry requirements.




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