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Fish spas make for an interesting alternative to your usual pampering spa day. Although many also offer traditional beauty treatments, fish spas and salons focus primarily on manicures, pedicures and full body exfoliation with a bit of a twist. Visit one of these venues and you’ll be invited to plunge your hands or feet into a pool filled with lots of teeny tiny garra rufa fish. The clever creatures will then nibble away at dead cells - leaving your skin feeling soft, smooth and anything but scaly.
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Hugely popular as a result of their novel approach to exfoliating the skin, fish manicures and fish pedicures are a fun treatment to have with a friend. Although you might expect the garra rufa fish to have a tickly touch, most people find the sensation relaxing – making fish spa therapy an ideal way to unwind.
It’s important for fish spas to keep a good level of hygiene at all times, so before your treatment begins your therapist will ask to inspect your hands or feet. This will help them to identify any cuts, wounds or skin conditions that may make you unsuitable for the session. Once you get the go ahead, all you need to do is sit back, relax, and let the garra rufa work their magic. Your feet and hands will feel fresh and new in no time...
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For those who are feeling particularly adventurous and aren’t satisfied by a simple fish mani or pedi, some fish spas offer full body garra rufa treatments. These require you to jump into a tub with the little nibblers, ensuring all-over exfoliation.
Not sure you’re ready to embrace the fish pedicure trend just yet? Don’t worry – certain venues such as Anesis also offer a range of non-aquatic treatments including regular manicures and pedicures, lash extensions and HD Brows.