Fish nibble away dead skin in a person's feet, thus cleaning the feet – this is called "Fish Pedicure". Garra rufa (aka nibble fish), more frequently known as the doctor fish are used for fish pedicure.
This fish were originally popular in Turkey, and gradually made their way into the Asian countries and rest of the world. As these fishes are toothless they can nibble the affected and dead areas of the skin, leaving the healthy skin to grow.
As they are toothless, they cannot bite live skin and this practice is absolutely harmless and safe. These fishes can work superbly on calluses and other tough growth on the feet. They just gnaw into them and soften the feet. Overweight people, people standing in long hours at work, the dancers and athletes benefit greatly from the fish pedicure.
Fish pedicure procedure
Person who is going to have fish pedicure requested to immerse their fee in the water tanks that have the doctor fish. They should keep their feet immersed in the tank for about 15 to 30 minutes after that a routine pedicure session takes place. During this period the fishes clean as much dead skin area as possible leaving feet soft and shiny. A foot massage, scrubbing, nail trimming and toe polishing will be carried out in routing pedicure session.
Benefits of fish pedicure
- Corns, calluses, heel cracks and other foot conditions that can lead to serious foot problems can be prevented through fish pedicure.
- With a fish pedicure feet are well hydrated and get a fresh, soft and smooth look.
- Common pedicure processes can lead to cuts, thus causing infections. With this type of pedicure no blades are used, hence making it a safe pedicure procedure.
- Fish pedicure helps people with arthritis, because this pedicure involves heat treatment.