Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fish Spa

My little sister was the first one to tell me about a fish spa, where tiny fish pull off dead skin particles and bacteria from your feet.  These are the same fish that pull off dead skin particles and bacteria from the skin of bigger fish and ocean mammals. 
Naturally, some one came up with the idea that if it was good for fish, it would be good for us; thus, the fish pedicure, or fish spa, was born.

Here's how it works: You put your feet into a tank of water and small fish called "garra rufa" will eat the dead skin on your feet.  Hub and I shared a tank.

The fish are native to the Middle East, but Hub said he was going to try to find some minnows in the creek, put them in a tank, and make his own spa.  We will have to wait and see on that.  These fish have been used for centuries for treating skin disease, and have been proven to work for curing psoriasis in some cases.

The fish were drawn to Hub's feet much more than mine, possibly because mine had been exfoliated a few days before. 

I don't know if there are any long-term positive effects from this, but it was fun getting our feet tickled by dozens of little fish. It was our new experience for that day.