Fish – dead skin – eating……….3 words I’d never normally use in one sentence. That’s before I’d heard of The Fish Kiss Spa. The Garra Rufa fish, related to the carp, are natural scavengers in their native Turkey and for some years now their natural behaviour has been harnessed to give the most amazing pedicures. Strange I know, but surely no odder than injecting botulism into your forehead, or any of the other crazy things we do in the pursuit of beauty.
The great thing about The Fish Kiss Spa is that it’s not just a beauty treatment but an organic and very natural therapy which leaves your skin feeling soft, stimulates your nerve endings and can really help skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
Sometimes known as doctor fish, the Garra Rufa gently suction away all the dead skin from your feet, or hands, or body. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t have teeth but use a gentle sucking and nibbling action, which devotees say tingles a little, but is definitely a pleasant sensation. When sucking the skin off, the fish also salivate an enzyme containing a substance called dithranol, a natural healing enzyme which is found in many rejuvenating therapy creams. This enzyme stimulates the growth of new skin cells, so skin is left healthy and renewed.
The therapy has come to Britain’s shores from the Far East, by way of the States and many UK major cities have fish spas within department stores or on the high street. It has now come to Torquay, with The Fish Kiss Spa opening up at the Aztec Spa on the 7th February. This is the first of its kind in the area and offers a relaxing, holistic experience for clients. Personally I can’t wait to give it a go – it’s not quite flip-flop season yet, but my feet will thank me for being kissed by fishes!