The fish pedicure is an innovating technique consisting in immersing your feet in an aquarium where specific fish will get rid of your dead skin. The fish are moved from a communal tank to a personal footbath for each of us (each footbath is cleaned and sanitized between customers) and contains more than 100 fish!

The origins of the Fish Pedicure

The Fish pedicure has been used in Turkey for a long time now, before exploding in Japan and in Asian countries in 2006 and then reaching the western countries around the years 2008-2009. The first spa specialized in fish pedicure in the UK opened its doors in 2009 in London. Europe began picking up on the craze, and then the first garra rufa fish spa opened in the United States in 2008.

Gurra Rufa fish

The fish used in this practice are Gurra Rufa, which are usually found in Turkish streams and rivers and in other Southern countries such as Syria, Iran and Iraq

It is a dark-coloured fish that measures an average of 8 cm in captivity and has a mouth shaped as a small cup. It has no teeth ( so you don't have to worry about being bitten), is fond of dead skin and will be happy to come tickle your feet for long minutes.

Originally, these fish were used to fight against certain diseases, such as eczema and psoriasis.

How much for a fish pedicure?

Fish pedicures rates vary depending on the institution. Count on average of 30£ and 60£ for having small Gurra Rufa dealing properly with your feet! Depending on the price, you will be entitled to sessions ranging from 15 to 30 minutes.

Beware of some spas!

As each new concept or fashionable product, a large number of frauds emerge. It is important to check on specific criteria before choosing your spa.

The first thing you must pay attention to is the water quality and the environnement in which the fish are living. Gurra Rufa live in community and require substantial space.

Spas must ensure good quality and a water treatment to prevent contaminations between users.

Also, make sure the fish are real Gurra Rufa! Some spas do not hesitate in using fish called Chin Chin, cheaper and much more dangerous for your health.


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