Fish spa pedicures peaked in popularity in 2011.They provide a treatment in which tiny scavenger fish are used to clean and exfoliate the skin.
During a treatment customers place their feet in tanks of warm freshwater containing dozens of toothless Garra rufa fish, which are about the size of minnows. They are also known as doctor or nibble fish. Fish therapy does have some benefits and here are some of the benefits of fish pedicure:
1. Fishes do an excellent job of nibbling away the dead skin from the feet.
2. After the fish therapy you will find your feet soft and smooth.
3. Fish therapy is believed to greatly help in psoriasis but it does not cure it.
4. Fish pedicure is a great stress buster as the nibbling makes us laugh and giggle all the time.
The Garra rufa fish exfoliation is claimed to stimulate blood flow and improve circulation, remove bacteria, reduce foot odour and help with athlete’s foot. It’s also claimed feet will be smoother and softer after treatment.
It’s also claimed the fish can stimulate acupuncture points, helping to regulate the nervous system, relax the body and release fatigue.
How does a pedicure in a fish spa compare to a traditional pedicure? Most traditional spas use a loofah or a pumice stone to exfoliate feet and get rid of dead skin.
Your feet are then massaged with warm oil and a moisturizing lotion applied. Sometimes, your toenails get shaped and polish applied.
However, when it comes to a pedicure done by fish, the initial part of the service differs greatly from the traditional one.
For a fish pedicure the before and after feeling may be the same as your usual foot therapy. However, the initial stage differs. Instead of a pumice stone sloughing off your calluses, fish nibble it off to give you soft feet with exposed new skin.