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Fishy therapy for a smooth fin-ish

IT’S the strangest sensation - dozens of tiny fish swarming happily over my quite frankly, horrendous, feet.

IT’S the strangest sensation - dozens of tiny fish swarming happily over my quite frankly, horrendous, feet.

The unusual pedicure treatment involves plunging feet into a tank full of Garra Rufa fish which then suck and nibble away dead skin cells.

Found in hot springs in Turkey, these little marvels have been used for softening and cleansing the skin of bathers for centuries.

The teethless fish, which are about the size of minnows, suck and gently nibble away at dry and dead skin with the end result leaving feet feeling refreshed and healthy.

My treatment began at Rieker in Mell Square with the in house podiatry team.

Podiatrist Hannah Barry had the dubious task of prettifying my hooves and soon set to work removing hard skin.

This Combi Treatment (£30) offers 15 minutes of hard skin removal and 15 minutes in the fish pedicure. Clients can also choose the Classical (£30) option which sees a podiatrist tending to more serious foot problems including corns and callouses with a fish pedicure (£10) extra. I have to admit that at the point of dipping my tootsies into my own personal fish tank, I did squeal - like a girl!

The sensation is odd - not painful in any way - just disconcerting.

Many people find the process relaxing and after a few minutes I wasn’t too horrified but couldn’t quite shake the notion that there were lots of scaly creatures nibbling away at my feet.

However super smooth feet were the result just in time for my holidays - just think I might avoid the sea!

Pop in to Rieker or ring for an appointment on 0121 711 7333

 

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