Fish pedicures, the new way of getting nice feet.
Quoting Tracy Roberts: "the best pedicure I ever had." Interesting. I think this place in northern Virginia is the only store that practices this carp eating dead skin pedicure. If anyone has bad feet or just want to see how this works, you could make a trip to D.C and get it done. From customer reviews, it sounds like a pretty good idea.
Ho (the owner) is trying to start a Doctor Fish Massage franchise where fishes give you a full-body treatment. This is either a really good idea or bad idea. I would definitely give him points for uniqueness and creativity, but I am still iffy about it bringing in the millions.
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.
Happy customers providing their experience:
Tracy Roberts, 33, of Rockville, Md., heard about it on a local radio show. She said it was "the best pedicure I ever had" and has spread the word to friends and co-workers.
"I'd been an athlete all my life, so I've always had calluses on my feet. This was the first time somebody got rid of my calluses completely," she said.
First time customer KaNin Reese, 32, of Washington, described the tingling sensation created by the toothless fish: "It kind of feels like your foot's asleep," she said.
The fish don't do the job alone. After 15 to 30 minutes in the tank, customers get a standard pedicure, made easier by the soft skin the doctor fish leave behind.
Customer Patsy Fisher, 42, of Crofton, Md., admitted she was nervous as she prepared for her first fish pedicure. But her apprehension dissolved into laughter after she put her feet in the tank and the fish swarmed to her toes.
"It's a little ticklish, actually," she said.
I have never had a pedicure (or a manicure if anyone wants to know) so what accounts to a "good" pedicure is still a mystery to me. From the sound of it, it seems likea really good idea. Anyone else think this is a good idea and is willing to give this a shot?