She's got fish-feet!
Beauty treatments today have progressed in leaps and bounds, and they have stretched to the point of being called bizarre. Many beauty experts have gone far and wide in search of cutting edge, exotic treatments from all over the world. These treatments should not just do its work, but also grab sufficient attention. And one such exotic treatment is the fish-spa for the feet.
This practice was first started in Turkey and the Middle East, which is also where the species of fish used for the spa are found. The doctor fish (Garra rufa) are tiny fishes which nibble away at the dead cells of the skin. These fish prefer warm waters and one simply has to put their feet into a tub of warm water which is filled with the Doctor fish in order to feel the slight tickling sensation as about twenty to thirty of these fish clamour around your feet nibbling away the unwanted bits of skin.
The practice of using this fish spa has slowly spread to many parts of the world, and it is available at all good spas and resorts. The uniqueness of this form of pedicure, as well as the exotic element of this treatment has elicited a lot of interest from people who can spend enough for it. And that’s because this treatment does not come for cheap. These fish are hardy, but they’re exotic nevertheless. They need to stay in warm water in order to be healthy enough to do their job right, and only the very elite salons can afford to have these fishes around. These fishes also have to imported, since they’re mainly found in the Middle East, in places such as Turkey, Iran and Iraq.
The treatment doesn’t even hurt as much, because the fishes are actually toothless. They create suction with their mouths which help remove the dead cells all over the feet. Often, the better salons check for cuts or infections on a person’s feet before allowing them to dip their feet in the water, because there might be risks of infections involved.
This is an issue which has come up in the U.S in many of the states there. The doctors suggest that these fish may be the cause of transmitting infections, and as such, these treatments are banned in many of the states there. Some parlours ensure that this does not happen by not using the same batch of fish continuously throughout the day, and by changing the water, or by purifying it with a filter.
In India, the fish spa treatment can cost anything from Rs. 500 to a thousand rupees or more. Although the effect may not be very long lasting, and your feet will need other sources of care to keep them feeling soft and supple, it is a very interesting experience to just have your feet nibbled at by twenty odd fishes.