Fish Eating My Feet Pedicure

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I have seen this in spa magazines but have not seen it offered at any spa in Cleveland, OH or other states and countries I have visited. When I saw that it was an option at the Secrets, Playa Mujeres resort located outside of Cancun, I decided to go for it. Some people think I am crazy but it was awesome!

The fish have no teeth, so it does not hurt at all whatsoever, but it does tickle a little bit. It is a weird feeling at first, but then you get used to it and just relax.

The process starts with the spa associate washing your feet a few times with very neutral soap because you should not have any oil or contaminants on your feet or legs. Then you simply place your feet in the tank and they immediately start eating the dead skin.

The results are amazing! My feet were as smooth as a baby’s butt and definitely softer and smoother than any pedicure I have ever had in my life…and I’ve had just a few! Anyhow, I would highly recommend this experience to anyone that is not overly ticklish.

Here is some more info from Wikipedia on this experience, particularly at Secrets, Playa Mujeres. which is the best resort I have ever been to by the way. But that is a worthy of an entire separate blog.

http://www.secretsresorts.com/playa-mujeres

Doctor fish
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
?Garra rufa, also called doctor fish, nibble fish, kangal fish, and bonefish (in New England) is a species of fish that lives and breeds in the pools of some Turkish river systems and hot springs. In modern times, they have been integrated as a spa treatment, where they feed on the skin of patients with psoriasis. While the doctor fish treatment has been found to alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis,[3] the treatment is not curative, and no cure for psoriasis currently exists. The use of the fish as a spa treatment for the wider public is still widely debated on grounds of efficacy and validity.

Occurrence
Garra rufa occurs in the river basins of the Northern and Central Middle East, mainly in Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Oman. It is legally protected from commercial exploitation in Turkey due to concerns ofoverharvesting for export. Garra rufa can be kept in an aquarium at home; while not strictly a “beginner’s fish”, it is quite hardy. For treatment of skin diseases, aquarium specimens are not well suited as the skin-feeding behavior fully manifests only under conditions where the food supply is somewhat scarce and unpredictable.

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