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Something's Fishy in This Spa

Something's Fishy in This Spa

If you're tired of constantly exfoliating dead skin in the shower, you could always take a cue from the latest spa trend in China. Why not enlist an army of little fishies to do your dirty work? Boing Boing reports on the strangest spa treatment I have ever heard of. Garra Rufa, a tropical fish, are dropped into hot springs, where they devour dead skin:

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.

I don't think I would be able to do this treatment, largely because I'd worry about a wayward fish wriggling its way into my nether regions. (A bottom feeder, perhaps? Zing!) Between these nibbling fish and this fragrance, it's turning out to be a very peculiar week in beauty...


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catswig catswig 8 years
oh god. this would take relaxation out of spa treatments for me :( :( :( :( i get scared just thinking about it
diorbaby diorbaby 10 years
I would get it done, but I would be VERY worried about "bottom feeders"
ickivicki ickivicki 10 years
Wow. I'm all for trying new things, but this is pushing it just a little bit. What about your face? What if they swam into your ear and got stuck? my ear is tingling...
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 10 years
I hate encountering a fish in a lake let alone a pool. Nasty.
nlw nlw 10 years
lmao Bella! Bottom feeder?? no kidding! you couldn't pay me to try this!
reeveske reeveske 10 years
this reminds me of cleaner shrimp. i go scuba diving, and on one dive this guy took his regulator out, opened his mouth, and the shrimp started cleaning out his teeth! I'm all for oral hygiene but that was a little much
yungnfab yungnfab 10 years
it sounds lik somethin wilamena did to her feet on ugly betty
shafiii shafiii 10 years
Oh! They actually did this in an episode of Ugly Betty, Willimina gets them to make her feet look amazing!
brenababy brenababy 10 years
Could not do it.... makes me feel all weird just looking at the picture
Callis-mama Callis-mama 10 years
I guess I "get it" but I'm not doing it. Too strange, I kinda like sugar scrubs and loofas and the whole exfoliateing thing, it feels good.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
I might freak out, but I'd try it on my feet.
sugarbecky sugarbecky 10 years
Thinking about it is giving me the heeby jeebies.
Danigirl77 Danigirl77 10 years
mrsyuen mrsyuen 10 years
That sounds so weird, I wouldn't want to try that
staceyleeroberts staceyleeroberts 10 years
why not just exfoliate?????? this is disgusting. ewwww! It makes me cringe.
la-vita-bella la-vita-bella 10 years
i don't think i could ever handle this :P
Schaianne Schaianne 10 years
I don't think I could do this ... it sounds weird, haha.
heyilovey0u heyilovey0u 10 years
This sounds interesting and a bit creepy.. I agree, what if one tried to wriggle somewhere where it's not supposed to be? Ugh.
Too-Poor-for-Couture Too-Poor-for-Couture 10 years
I've tried this before in Taiwan!! The idea of it sounds kinda scary but it was actually a really interesting experience - if you're not afraid of fish. The nibbles just tickle a bit, but you get used to it.
luvspink luvspink 10 years
Haha OliviaAnn, I remember that episode! Went I visited Japan this summer they had this at a spa. But it was just for feet or hands. I couldn't imagine putting my entire body in a pool WITH them. I have a small fear of fish.
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
eww, I'll pass on that one!
tee0206 tee0206 10 years
Oh, yuck. That would totally creep me out. I don't even like regular fish swimming around me at the beach. I can't imagine fish eating the dead skin off of me. Ugh, even the thought of it makes my skin crawl.
nomerz nomerz 10 years
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