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      01.07.2011 10:27

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      I had a half-hour treatment with these fish and found no difference to my feet than if I'd have just soaked them in warm water for the time.Save your time and just drop a couple of ten-pound notes in to the tanks instead.Complete fad.

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      04.06.2011 09:08
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      Check out location before booking

      I do love to do something a little bit different and had been intrigued by the garra rufa fish pedicure. When my daily offer from Groupon popped up for £9 for a 30 minute treatment it was something I decided to give a try.

      What is Garra Rufa Fish?

      These fish are grown in warm spas in Turkey and have the skill of eating dry hard skin but leaves healthy skin. The Fish therapy has grown in the UK. The first treatment spa opened in the UK in 2010 and now they are growing in cities throughout the UK. The practise had been growing in the US but is actually banned in many states due to concerns about sanitation and cross infection.

      My experience

      The Treatment was to take place in Au natural in Derby which is a small holistic centre next door to the playhouse theatre. When I entered I sat waiting for the receptionist who also did the treatment to finish on the phone. To my horror I noticed the tank with Algae on the bottom. I was a little apprehensive at the point but as I had already paid for my treatment so decided to go for it. I handed over my voucher and I was fetched a washing up bowl if water that was very cool. I put my feet in hoping I wouldn't be soaking them for too long. I realised I had not been asked any health questions, asked about cuts or anything at all other than my name. I was given some flip flops to walk over to the tank.

      I sat on a cushioned bench and placed my feet in with trepidation. As soon as my feet were in the tank I was squealing with laughter. While I do have ticklish feet these fish seemed to find all of them. After about five minutes it subsided to more of a tingle. I was given a magazine to take my mind off the fish. When I looked down I could see them nibbling where the hard skin was around my heels and side of my big toes. Towards the end my feet were starting to feel quite chilly and my back was starting to ache from the position I was sat in. Again I was relieved when I was asked to put flip flops on and dry my feet. I wasn't given any cream simply a tissue to dry my feet before I put my shoes on and left.

      On my way back to the car I walked past another Fish pedicure treatment centre in the Westfield centre and noticed each bench had towels and all tanks were spotlessly clean.

      The results are pretty impressive. As the mum of a four year old I don't often get chance to pamper my feet and so are not very well cared for. My feet do feel much smoother although there are a few areas that are slightly rough it is a dramatic improvement.

      I don't regret having it done after all after all it has improved my skin but there is still skin that could of been removed. I think we should all experience new things to grow but once done I don't feel a need to return. I do strongly advise you check out the spa shop before booking.

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        19.05.2011 12:40
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        A ticklish pamper treatment for your tootsies!

        My Dad had read in the local paper about a beauty salon that had just got in some Garra Rufa Fish, -or as their more commonly known....Dr Fish!- and he decided he wanted to give it ago, partly because he had quite abit of dry skin on his heels, and partly because he loved the idea of it, and so being the kind of person that will try (almost!) anything once, I declared that I wanted to go with him too....my Mam promtly declared us a couple of idiots....ah well, I guess it isn't everyones cup of tea!

        A small introduction to these fish courtesy of Wiki: "Doctor fish is the name given to two species of fish: Garra rufa and Cyprinion macrostomus. Other nicknames include nibble fish, kangal fish, and doctorfishen; in non-medical contexts, Garra rufa is called the reddish log sucker. They live and breed in the outdoor pools of some Turkish spas, where they feed on the skin of patients with psoriasis. The fish are like combfishes in that they only consume the affected and dead areas of the skin, leaving the healthy skin to grow"

        Our treatment cost £20 per person, which I thought was perhaps abit steep, especially since I've seen it at other salons for roughly £10. You could also pay an extra fiver to get your nails painted afterwards. They didn't have my Dad's colour in, so he passed on that option....lol! This is something I would have got done if I wasn't rushing back to get ready for work.

        Once at the Beauty salon, my Dad decided he wanted to go first, so he took his socks and shoes off, and the lady who owns the business checked his feet over to see that they didn't have anything nasty on them such as verucas or athletes foots for example, something which could be transmitted from person to person, or that could even harm the fish in anyway....we were told that the water was changed in between people, but to be honest I never saw any evidence of this, but as it was my Dad's feet that were in first, we were the first people of the day and it is a salon known to be of high standards, I wasn't too bothered about it, and the water in the tank did look extremely clean, however, if it was some of these tanks you see in shopping centres and airports, then I might be abit worried about cleanliness standards. Anyhow, back to our experience:

        Once my Dad's feet were checked, she produced a bowl of water and a flannel to wash them down before they entered the tank, then the moment came to gently place his feet inside the tank, what came next, can only be described as the hysterical laughter that comes with being tickled! Because as soon as your feet enter the tank, all the fish naturally gravitate -like their being pulled by some magnetic force- to your feet. Anyhow, as I'm the one doing this review, I will now tell you all about my personal experience.

        Each session lasts about 15 mins, so after sitting there eager for my go, it was time! So I went through the same procedure, feet checked, feet washed, and then into the tank....I had exactly the same reaction as my Dad, hysterical laughter followed with alot of whooping lol! They tickled like mad! It's quite a weird sensation really, fairly hard to describe as anything other than ticklish, especially when they suck sort of inbetween your toes or around your toe nails. With them not having any teeth, that's really what it feels like, abit of a sucking sensation, but not a very strong one, it's hard to imagine that they are actually making any difference to your feet at all, but believe me, they do! The young girl who worked there explained that they naturally gravitate towards the areas with the driest skin first, and then when they feel full up after that particular part of your foot then they move on to another part, or swap feet. All I can say, is that I must have had really dry ankles, because the same fish staying there nearly the whole 15 mins, and I have to admit, whilst it isn't at all a painful experience, it did seem to start to get a bit nippy after a while and I was wishing they'd move off my bloomin ankles! You can actually make the fish move away if you want by just wiggling your feet, I did this but they just kept on coming back, and even though I enjoyed it and would have it again, I was starting to wish it would finish by the end of the 15 mins, perhaps 10 minutes would be enough.

        When my Mam saw the photo's (that my Dad had took lol!) afterwards, she too commented on how they seemed to like my ankles better than my feet! A while after the treatment, I did notice some little red dots which were fairly itchy, now I can't be certain if it was because of their love for my ankles or because I had just shaved my legs before going, but everyone kept on joking and saying that the fish had given me little love bites!

        The job that I do means I am on my feet constantly for sometimes up to 8 hours or more, and so as you can imagine, they frequently ache, and can be prone to dry skin on the heels. After this treatment, I literally did feel like I had a new pair of feet! Seriously, it felt like I was walking on air, and all my dry skin had been sucked away! My feet were so smooth, and even about two months later, they are still impressively smooth compared to what they were like. I would highly recommend this treatment to anyone who doesn't mind the idea of plunging their feet into a tank full of fish, as in my opinion and my Dad's, it really does work, he too was impressed by the softness of his feet, especially his heels, and so I don't think it's gimicky in anyway really, and I would have it done again, perhaps not every month, but maybe every few months, or before I went away or holiday for example.

        I later learned that my Mam had said to my Dad "Will she be ok?", she was terrified I'd freak out and yank my feet out of the water so fast, I'd take half the fishes with me and fling them across the room! This amused me, and all I can say to people who aren't sure wether or not to go ahead and have it done, as long as you can stand the first initial tickle, you should be fine after that. Also, make sure you choose a salon with a good reputation, and that they change the water at regular intervals, because anyone can just set up one of these businesses now a days, as the tanks and fish are there for anyone to purchase on the internet.

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          01.04.2011 19:28
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          A 21st pedicure... involving nibbling fish!

          I've heard people raving about these fish pedicures for a couple of months now. To be honest the thought of plunging my feet into a bowl of water that
          a) contained fish, but slightly more worryingly,
          b) had had lots of other feet in prior to mine,
          disgusted me somewhat and that's putting it lightly! The whole concept seemed rather bizarre to me, I mean what is wrong with a good old fashioned pumice stone? The thought of fish nibbling away at my rather ticklish toes made me feel rather nauseous! However I must admit that after walking past a couple of stores offering the fish pedicure my curiosity got the better of me and I ended up booking a fish pedicure with two of my friends to investigate!

          What are Garra Rufa Fish?

          The whole concept of Garra Rufa Fish (which are also more commonly known as Doctor Fish) first started in early 2006 with the first ones arriving in the UK in 2010. These fish which are also called "reddish log suckers" live and breed in pools where they feed on the skin of patients... yes your dead, flaky skin is actually considered nutritious by this fish! The fish only consume the affected or dead areas of the skin which means they won't nibble away at any healthy skin, therefore they'll only remove the areas which need to be removed. People have reported that their psoriasis has been completely cured by visiting spas offering pedicures by these fish so I had rather high hopes for my pedicure! The fish are naturally found in Northern and Central Middle East and are imported into the UK where they are now able to breed them.

          What happens during the pedicure?

          When I first arrived at the salon I was asked to fill in a consent form that asked for my basic contact details (as a way to contact me with future promotional materials I presume) and some safety questions (when I saw "safety questions" I had visions of my feet being bitten off by piranha style beasts! They basically asked if I had any skin conditions and if I'd applied products such as fake tan and nail varnish to my feet in the past twenty four hours. I misread the question and ticked yes to everything as I'd applied it to other areas of my body, the girl at the desk was mightily confused by me and I felt she might actually set a piranha on me! After I'd filled in the form I had to soak my feet in a bowl of warm water which was freshly poured before being set in front of me and was to ensure that my feet were fairly clean at the start.

          My friend had been for a fish pedicure before and commented that she had her feet scrubbed first in order to loosen up any dead skin on them but nothing like this was offered here. Allowing your feet to soak in warm water will soften any dead skin and therefore make it easier for the fish to nibble it away - if this wasn't done the assistant informed us that it would take the fish a lot longer and the results wouldn't be as great. Once this was done we were told to place our feet into a large glass tank where the fish were located - the tank was plenty big enough and the water was lukewarm, it came up to about three inches below my knees. It did take me about two or three minutes to fully submerge my feet in the water as I was so nervous about the fish and what the nibbling would actually feel like... or rather the biting more like!

          In the end I managed to get my feet in, after the assistant assuring me they didn't have massive fangs or anything of the sort. The feeling was bizarre, it was slightly ticklish and it felt a bit like I had very mild pins and needles. After a minute or two I did manage to relax and started to enjoy the whole experience. I just want to assure you now that I didn't feel any biting or any pain at all - if anything there was just a slightly tickling feeling and nothing more. There were about sixty to seventy fish swimming around in the glass tank and they were quite small, about one or two centimetres in length. About a quarter of the fish didn't seem overly interested so I presume they were full up with dead skin from the previous clients while the remaining fish definitely favoured my left foot... there must have been much more dead skin!

          What are the end results?

          After thirty minutes we were told that our time was up and we were given a soft towel in order to dry our feet off. When I first took my feet out of the glass tank and started to dry them I noticed that lots of dead skin was coming off in towel as I rubbed my feet. It was clear that the fish had definitely been nibbling away as the evidence was right on the towel. My heels also appeared to be peeling in a sense with dry skin flaking away at the edges as I dried them off. When I got home later that day I sat down to have a good nosy at my feet... I would definitely say that the fish made an impact on my feet and did remove some dead skin, however my heels were neither soft nor smooth as some people claim and dead skin was still clearly evident here. Perhaps my dry skin was so severe they didn't have enough time to quite get through it all!

          How much does it cost?

          I went to a Dr Fish salon in Manchester and it cost me £15 for a half hour session which seems to be quite an average price. I was surprised that you really do get half an hour with your feet in the glass tank as I'd thought they'd factor in the pre feet washing and the post feet drying into the thirty minutes. I have heard of places charging as little as £10 and as much as £25 for a thirty minute session... maybe the quality or the social class of the fish depends on how much you pay! I normally pay £18 for a pedicure and I emerge from that with smooth skin and painted toe nails so really this probably wasn't as good value as a normal pedicure due to the extras you get with that. However it certainly was an experience so I'd say it's worth trying at least once!

          Where can I have this done?

          Since the first salon opened in 2010 the idea of fish pedicures has really taken off and can now be found on the majority of high streets throughout the UK. The only danger is that some salons may not be entirely reputable so it's always worth checking the conditions that they keep their fish in. The best place to find a salon is to search on Google as there are plenty available.

          Are there any dangers?

          Personally I don't think there are any dangers, as long as you can get over the fact of putting your feet in a tank where other people's feet have been there's isn't anything more to worry about. However I have read a couple of articles which suggest that dangers do exist and the treatment was actually banned in fourteen states in America in 2010. They argued that the fish pedicures breach health regulations that other salons have to adhere to, such as sanitising or throwing away tools after each use but these fish are considered too expensive to just throw away after each use and so are used repeatedly. There are also health fears that the fish could spread infections through open wounds, I wouldn't have gone had I had any open wounds though. I think as long as you're sensible then there aren't really going to be any major dangers here.

          What's my overall opinion?

          Overall I really enjoyed my experience, it didn't hurt and the results were noticeable. However I also think that the fish pedicure doesn't quite match your average pedicure as dead skin did still exist on my feet after it and therefore it's not something I'd make a habit of paying for. I do think it's something you're got to try once so I'd have to say go and get nibbled soon!

          Thanks for reading.

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            24.03.2011 21:10
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            A brilliant experience I will be trying again

            I first saw the fish pedicure spring up in my home town a few months ago. I heard about them a while before then and so wanted to try but it took me a while to pluck up the courage to actually go! The idea of fish eating my feet, even if it was just the dead skin, wasn't an idea I was 100% comfortable with!


            What Is A Fish Pedicure?
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            These have been around a while but there's bound to be some people who don't know what it is. A fish pedicure is just that. The fish, Gurra Rufa fish, to be precise are naturally from Turkey and they eat the dead skin on your feet. They have no teeth so it doesn't hurt at all, they just lick and suck at your feet to remove the dead skin


            Health Benefits
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            This type of pedicure has been going for over 400 years and has been found to have many health benefits. They have been found to be useful in the treatment of eczema and psoriasis. The fish provide a natural exfoliation and stimulates acupressure points.

            This type of treatment is also very relaxing and can therefore not only be an excellent source of stress relief but can also help to reduce fatigue.


            Health And Safety
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            Obviously putting your feet in a tank full of fish when possibly hundreds of others have done the same has the potential to transmit diseases so, how do the companies prevent this?

            Well, first off your feet are checked beforehand and you are asked to sign a medical disclosure form. If you have warts, verrucas or other contagious diseases you won't be allowed to have a pedicure. Secondly, the water goes through an 11 stage filtration system ensuring that the water is continually kept clean and the water is continually replaced so that you're not using the same water as the person before.


            My Experience
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            I just had my second session at the Dr. Spa outlet in Luton. During my first session I didn't really know what to expect. As I said above the idea of fish eating my feet wasn't the most appealing of ideas and I have really ticklish feet too which I was slightly concerned about too.

            The treatment cost £10 for 15 minutes, however this isn't 15 minutes of fish eating! First, the assistant checks my feet for open sores, obvious diseases etc. Then the first three minutes involves soaking my feet in what I assume was just water to remove dirt and other foreign particles, then I put my feet into the tank of fish (more on this in a minute) and the last two minutes involves having a moisturising and protective spray put on my feet before drying them.

            The fish did actually tickle, a lot, this wasn't the same as them actually being tickled though, it actually felt almost like a vibration on my feet so it shouldn't be a problem for those of you with ticklish feet. I did find it hard to sit still and since I knew I couldn't splash around as I would scare the fish I kept removing my feet from the tank for a few minutes before putting them back in! I think I made it worse on myself for doing this though as it meant I was never getting used to and relaxing into the feeling. I could occasionally feel the fish 'nip' my feet. I assume what they were actually doing was just sucking due to their lack of teeth! This was a very strange sensation though it didn't hurt. It was more a surprise compared to the vibration feeling of the rest of the treatment.

            After stepping out from my first treatment I was surprised what a difference I had noticed in my feet after just 10 minutes. Most, if not all, my hard dead skin had gone and my feet were left feeling much softer and smoother then before. I was surprised by how effective they were actually as the results achieved by this is much better then anything else I have tried.

            I went back for my second session today about 2 weeks after my first session. I would say that I could probably have put it off another week before the effects of my first had really worn off. This time however since I knew what to expect I was able to just sit back, relax and talk to the assistant. I did find that I enjoyed it a lot more this time then the first time and again, I left with perfectly soft smooth feet.

            I would highly recommend this to anyone, don't be put off if you are ticklish because although it does tickle it's a completely different type of sensation.

            For those of you who are interested the fish are also fed with a vegetarian tablet containing protein every evening after the treatments have ended.

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              23.03.2011 01:23

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              These tiny Turkish fishes only eat flakes like psoriasis or peeling skin from sunburn, don't expect to see any changes on your feet, not even subtle, and don't dream they will eat your callus skin, they are not piranhas. What they do is give you a lovely tingling sensation and a feeling of frolicking by the sea but changes on the skin of the feet I am afraid you get none. Spend the money in a proper salt scrub followed by some lotion and a firm massage.

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              08.03.2011 22:09
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              The thought of having fishes nibbling at my feet was not my idea of fun. How wrong I was...

              When I opened my Christmas present from my best friend I was delighted to see she had got me a pedicure. This delight soon turned to horror when I realised that this was no ordinary pedicure, this was dipping my feet into a tank of fish and letting them eat me!!! The horror was compounded by the fact that the Garra Ruffa fish are commonly known as "reddish log suckers". The thought of having fishes nibbling at my feet was not my idea of fun. How wrong I was...

              There are load of fish pedicures all over the country but the one I went to was FootLove in Newcastle. We went on a Friday afternoon but on a Friday night they serve wine with your treatment so that might help settle the nerves of anyone who needs a bit of dutch courage.

              The set up is such that there are 2 banks of tanks each with 4 separate tanks. These tanks are full of fish. The fish are Garra Ruffa fish and they basically nibble away all of the dead skin on your feet. I had a half hour treatment which costs £15. I spoke to the girl running the shop and she confirmed that I was basically giving the fish their dinner - she actually described it as a treat for them!!!

              The big question is how does it feel?

              I have to say it feels fantastic. The fish do not have teeth so banish all thoughts of Piranhas from your mind. At first it was a bit weird and a bit ticklish but you soon get used to.It is a really pleasant sensation. I would compare it to dipping your feet into a jacuzzi.
              But does it work?

              I have to say it did. My feet felt much softer and lots of dead skin was gone. My feet also felt really relaxed as though I had a foot rub.

              Would I reccomend it?

              Definitely. The girl in the shop told me that they will soon be opening a full body Garra Fish Spa in Durham and I cannot wait to give it a go although I am a bit concerned as to where the fish might nibble lol

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                07.03.2011 21:48
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                A nice nibbly feeling

                Back in October last year a new shop opened in the Victoria Centre here in Llandudno and I have to say that it was unlike anything that I have ever seen before!

                It was a place where people sit with their feet in tanks of water whilst little fish nibble at them! Let me explain.....

                The little fish are actually Garra Rufa fish which are also known as doctor fish and they actually feed on dead skin leaving the healthy skin alone.

                This process can help to heal skin conditions such as Psoriasis and eczema and it also makes for a lovely pedicure.

                The place that I went to is a shop called Neat Feet and I think the treatment cost £10 for 10 minutes and £15 for 20 minutes. I may be slightly out on the prices as we went last December and my memory isn't what it might be. It has probably gone up a bit since then too.

                My husband bought me a treatment as part of my birthday present but, since my sister and her partner were staying with us at the time, he decided to buy them a treatment each as part of their Christmas present and of course he treated himself too.

                When he purchased the vouchers he was told that we must not put any creams on our feet when we were going for the treatment and there must not be any open wounds on our feet.

                We went and looked into the shop first where we could see all the tanks and clients in full view of all the shoppers walking past. If you are shy about people watching you this is not the place for you!

                We went in and registered and were sat at the four tanks next to one another so we could chat as we had the treatment. We took off our coats as it was nice and warm in the shop.

                The first thing that we had to do was to take off our shoes and socks and then wash our feet in a foot spa to make sure that they were nice and clean.

                We then swung round on our seats to put our feet in the tanks and were given timers which were set for the ten minutes that we had paid for.

                The water in the tank is about a foot deep and is nice and warm and there are about twenty to thirty little fish swimming around just waiting for feet to nibble! The tank is the size of a small tropical fish tank and it is cleaned between each session so there is no problem with hygiene.

                There is a filter in the tank so that the water is constantly being cleaned thus making sure that there is no cross contamination form one person to another.

                Now I was expecting to have problems with this as I am very ticklish on my feet but I was fine. I put my feet in the water and relaxed while the fish got on with my pedicure.

                I could feel them nibbling and it was a tickly feeling but not so much that it made me want to laugh - it was actually extremely relaxing. The fish collect round your feet, concentrating on the dry skin and they nibble constantly so you get your money's worth. The picture at the top of this review shows very accurately the way the fish work.

                When the time is up and the timer rings you have to remove your feet from the tank and dry them on the fluffy white towels provided. Then you put your shoes and socks back on and off you go with feet that feel lovely!

                I had no pre existing problems with my feet apart from a bit of dry skin and I loved the whole experience. My feet felt really comfortable when it was all over and seemed almost tingly but in a nice way. It was like wearing soft slippers and it lasted for a couple of days although the benefits are said to last for a few months.

                It didn't bother any of us that we could be seen through the shop windows and, as far as I am concerned, I was happy for anyone to watch as it was all good advertising for the new business. We were obviously all enjoying the experience as we chatted and laughed together so I hope that we were a good advert for them!

                In conclusion I would say that this is something I would love to do regularly if I could afford it but I am afraid that my money has to be spent on more important things at the moment. However I would recommend that you have a go - we all loved it!

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                  07.02.2011 23:41
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                  An experience that is an adventure but is probably worth it if you have really bad dry feet!

                  Recently whilst visiting Center Parcs Whinfell Forrest I visited the Aqua Sana Spa with my friend. We noticed that there was a new experience called the Fish Foot Spa treatment. This is where Garra Rufa Fish nibble at your feet, apparently releasing enzymes in their saliva which in turn heal the feet and help to get rid of any dead skin.

                  We could see people sat with their feet in the tanks (1 person per tank) and approximately 100 fish were nibbling at their feet. My friend was straight away up for having a go and ultimately persuaded me to too. I was not as keen as my friend, as normally I hate people touching my feet. However after careful consideration I decided why not, it can't do any harm and my feet WERE in dreadful need of some TLC!

                  We watched the other people finish having their fish foot spa and had our feet prepared for the treatment. This involved our feet being wrapped in lovely hot flannels and given a gentle rub. The whole time I was working my self up for what was about to come and was wondering how the fish could be still hungry after nibbling at someone elses feet for half an hour.

                  Anyway, our time came, we were told to ease our feet in gently, my friend was sat next to me using a seperate tank and plonked her foot in, resulting in a 'Oooh'! At this point I hadn't got my feet any where near and became even more tense about putting my feet in a tank full of fish. However I built myself up and eventually took the plunge! The second I placed my feet in the water, the fish swarmed, this was a very bizzarre feeling. Obviously I knew that the fish were there to nibble your feet but I thought that they would leisurely take their time, come or a little nibble then off they go again. Oh no, they all come at once and get in everywhere, in between your toes, your ankles and on the tops and bottoms of your feet. It took a bit of getting used to, I can't say that I was ever completely relaxed (my friend did seem to be able to handle it better than me though). I didn't really like the fish between my toes or on my ankles I much preffered them to stay underneath my feet. It was just such a strange experience, a bit like they were scratching and the longer they nibbled, the more intense it got. These fish are definately hungry!

                  Afterwards I was amazed at how smooth my feet were. It didn't just last a day either, probably approximately 2 weeks. I was impressed with the results of the fish spa, especially because I couldn't keep still and kept on kicking my feet to get the fish to move off!!

                  Although the experience was one like I have never had before, I would maybe consider doing it again because the results were so good. If you don't have a phobia of fish and think you could put up with 30 minutes of nibbling then go for it!

                  The fish Spa cost £20 for 30 min.

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                    Highly recommened for the best pedicure of your life.

                    INTRODUCTION

                    Many of you are going to need a strong stomach to continue to read this review, as it is not for the faint hearted. So please read on if you dare.

                    Here I am reviewing a fish, which has become very well known for its healing and pampering capabilities. I first became aware of these Dr Fish, while I was on holiday in Thailand a few years ago when I decided to have a fish pedicure.

                    After overcoming the shock of what the fish do, I was amazed at how good the whole experience was so over the last few years I have researched the Dr Fish, now I am seriously considering going into business, by offering the Dr fish as a spa treatment and skin condition therapy centre, as there is only one place in the united kingdom that currently offers them as a service.

                    WHAT ARE DR FISH

                    Doctor Fish are more commonly known as Garra Rufa fish, but they are also known as Nibble Fish and little dermatologists. They are aptly named as they help heal certain skin conditions such as Psoriasis and eczema.

                    The little fish act like little suckers which comb over any dead skin cells, and remove and dry, flaky, scaly and thickened areas of skin. They automatically home in of the dead skin and leave any good living tissue alone, so they do just eat the dead skin.

                    The fish were originally bred in outdoor pools and spas across hot areas of the world, as they need warmer water temperatures to survive, however over the years these have been bred to a standard that they can now survive in heated tanks and pools across the world.

                    Dr Fish are not a fish that can be kept easily, they seem to be very high maintenance and can die very easily if they do not have the right living conditions and the right food supplements. The fish mainly live off of dead skin cells, however they can also be fed certain fish foods which provide them with the nutrients they need.

                    DR FISH PEDICURE / TREATMENT

                    By far the best pedicure I have had in my live was performed by these little Dr Fish, I had my first experience in Thailand many years ago and have never looked back. I found it to be a very relaxing experience, which became very costly when I had to go to Thailand for a pedicure.

                    After a while I realised there was a gap in the market for this unique way of pampering yourself. I found a spa in Hayscastle which offers the Dr Fish treatments, so myself and my husband decided to make a weekend out of it, to see if it is something that could be offered elsewhere in the country.

                    A thirty minute session with the Dr Fish is all you need to feel rejuvenated, your feet feel like they are new for days. After my Dr Fish sessions if felt like I was wearing brand new trainers, all soft and cushioned for days on end.

                    For the pedicure itself you need to get your feet and legs scrubbed with a very hard brush and un scented soap, this is firstly done so that you skin is cleaned and un tainted by moisturisers or creams as this will kill any fish that nibble on you. Secondly this is done to help roughen up any dead skin you may have on your feet, making the skin easier for the fish to penetrate and clear it all within the thirty minutes.

                    Once you have cleaned and roughened your feet you then need to emerge your feet and legs into the large warm water tanks that are home to the Dr Fish and let them get to work.

                    This is an experience which I will never forget as I was expecting the little fish to actually nip and bite at my feet, however it was nothing like I expected and tickled more than anything. I am very ticklish so this did take a few minutes to immune myself to them, but after them first few minutes I forgot where I was and relaxed with a hot lemon tea.

                    If you are brave enough to undertake this pedicure, hundreds of hungry fish will swarm over your feet and legs for the full thirty minutes eating your dead skin, once your half an hour is up you will leave the spa feeling very refreshed and glowing.

                    For me there is no other way to get a perfect and very relaxing pedicure, this is an experience I never dreamed I would enjoy but I am that taken with it that I could not recommend it highly enough.

                    You can expect to pay £25.00 for a thirty minute session, which is actually cheaper than a normal full pedicure and in my opinion much nicer than a normal pedicure.

                    DR FISH SKIN THERAPY

                    Dr Fish have come on leaps and bounds over the years and now they are being used to help people with certain skin difficulties, such as Psoriasis and Eczema.

                    They are not used to completely cure the conditions although it has been reported in the past that they little fish have managed to cure the skin conditions completely, the fish are being used for these conditions to help sufferers cope with the dry cracked skin conditions that can impair there day to day lives.

                    As the Fish thrive of thick dry skin, people with skin conditions could not be a better candidates for these little skin feeders. It is recommend that people with certain complaints have longer sessions and more often to improve the skins condition.

                    The treatment is the same as the pedicure, however you may need bigger tanks of fish. Many people with bad skin conditions simply lay in the tanks so the fish can penetrate every single area.

                    Depending on your complaint and the size of you tank you need the prices do vary, you will more than likely be sold a bulk package with will give you hours and hours worth of treatment, so prices can change a lot.

                    Even Doctors are recommending the Dr Fish to skin compliant sufferers as it has been proven that the fish do in fact remove the dead skin cells, which seem to give sufferers lack of confidence and pain in many as the skin gets sore, cracks and bleeds causing discomfort, so for that aspect they remove the skin making it look healthy.

                    However if you do not continue with the Dr Fish treatment you are more than likely going to get the thickened skin back, but a full treatment is known to last up to five months so you will only need two treatments a year.

                    WHERE TO HAVE A TREATMENT

                    You can have the Dr Fish treatments as many places across the world, but unfortunately there is only one place in the United Kingdom offering the service at the moment.

                    The Skin Therapy Centre,
                    Delfryn,
                    Hayscastle,
                    Haverfordwest
                    SA62 5QG

                    Tel: 01246 439111

                    Email: info@theskintherapycentre.co.uk

                    www.theskintherapycentre.co.uk

                    MY OPINION

                    The main thing for me was the hygiene factor as I don't have a skin complaint I didn't really want these little fish, which have been chomping away on people with skin conditions to really be let loose on me.

                    However I didn't need to worry as the tanks were cleaned after every single use, so at least the hygiene side of things kept me at ease.

                    The major hurdle for me was actually getting into the tank full of fish, but after I over came that fear I noticed that the fish were not at all aggressive and they didn't bite me, However coping with the tickling sensation as a different matter all together.

                    For me exfoliation in routine for me so now I have discovered the Dr Fish pedicure I will never have to buy foot scrubs and lotions for my feet ever again, I found that my pedicure stayed lovely for three to four months so for me the £25.00 price tag attached to this treatment is a brilliant bargain as far as I am concerned.

                    I can't really believe that immersing yourself in a tank full of ravenous fish, can really feel as pleasant as I have reviewed it to be, but I can assure you it is very relaxing and the after effects are unbelievable.

                    This is a procedure you will either love or hate, I personally love it and everyone I have persuaded to try it have loved it too, so I have no doubt in my mind it you could be persuaded you would love it too.

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