Firstly, my friends and I had a nice lunch at a Japanese restaurant: tempura dipped in soy sauce and grated daikon, pickles, white rice, noodly seaweed, egg custard and miso soup with tiny mussels. Then, we went to a local spa to have our feet dipped in a fish tank to allow these tiny fish to nibble on our dead skin.
At the registration desk, we got a towel and a stop watch timed for 15 minutes and we paid $5 for this service. Of course, it took me about 5 or 6 minutes to take my socks off and to gather my courage before I was able to put my feet in the tank.
This article was copied from another blog about this type of fish:
Garra Rufa, a type of small tropical fish, also nicknamed Chinchin Yu, nibble fish or simply doctor fish, are put in hot springs. As they can live and swim freely in at least 43-degree-hot waters, they are naturally used for the treatment of skin diseases in such spas. When placed in the spa, these fish can feed themselves on the dead cells of the human body, since they only consume such cells, leaving the healthy skin of the human body to grow. The whole process is reportedly free of pain. It won’t hurt and the bather might feel a pleasant tingling on his or her skin.
Of course, we only had our feet in the tank but I could not stop giggling because it was very ticklish and painful at times when an over zealous fish nibbled on my ankle. I have terrible dry heels but the fish seemed intent to nibble my toes and my in step! What’s up with that?
My sister in Malaysia and daughter in New York told me that there are services like this over there too.
What happens when this fish gets bigger? There’s a restaurant next door, I hope they don’t get sold off as sushi !!!!