07-21-2008, 01:10 PM #1
Fish pedicures: Carp rid human feet of scaly skin
By MATTHEW BARAKAT
Associated Press Writer
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Ready for the latest in spa pampering? Prepare to dunk your tootsies in a tank of water and let tiny carp nibble away.
Fish pedicures are creating something of a splash in the D.C. area, where a northern Virginia spa has been offering them for the past four months. John Ho, who runs the Yvonne Hair and Nails salon with his wife, Yvonne Le, said 5,000 people have taken the plunge so far.
"This is a good treatment for everyone who likes to have nice feet," Ho said.
He said he wanted to come up with something unique while finding a replacement for pedicures that use razors to scrape off dead skin. The razors have fallen out of favor with state regulators because of concerns about whether they're sanitary.
Ho was skeptical at first about the fish, which are called garra rufa but typically known as doctor fish. They were first used in Turkey and have become popular in some Asian countries.
But Ho doubted they would thrive in the warm water needed for a comfortable footbath. And he didn't know if customers would like the idea.
"I know people were a little intimidated at first," Ho said. "But I just said, 'Let's give it a shot.' "
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07-21-2008, 01:32 PM #2
My feet are gross, so I'd be willing to try it. But, I don't think I could sit with my feet in water that long without having to use the restroom!Just thinkin' out loud....
07-21-2008, 03:06 PM #3Country Girl
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hehe i had a seed wart on my knee, and minnows nibbled it off at the creek. it tickled like mad but the wart didnt come back.
now everybody knows my 'secret' wart cure LOL
07-21-2008, 07:40 PM #4
Ack! I saw this in the news today,and was really grossed out...though, I don't know WHY I was grossed out, because my sisters and I always let the fish nibble our feet in the creeks when we were kids. We'd sit there for almost an hour and they'd gather around our toes...
ick ick ick! hahahah I think this is really cool though...hilarious, but fresh and quirky.
I don't know if I'd try it, but I think it's a cool idea.My two best friends.
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