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Published July 7th 2013
Fancy having your feet nibbled on by fish?
The fish pedicure craze seems to have swept across London in the last few years. For most of us locals whose feet take a battering whilst pounding the pavements on our daily commute, it seems a fitting service to offer.
Intrigued by what I had heard, I convinced my sister to try out this unusual treatment with me, so we headed off to Zoola Fish in Camden Lock.
We were excited and slightly freaked out at the thought of plunging our feet into a tank filled with Garra Rufa fish. These tiny scavenger fish are used to clean and exfoliate your feet, leaving them feeling fresh and healthy. Garra Rufa fish are found naturally in the river basins of the Northern and Central Middle East, mainly in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran.
They are nicknamed the fish doctor as the exfoliation is said to stimulate blood flow and improve circulation, remove bacteria, reduce foot odour and help with athlete's foot.
Admittedly, it did take us a while to pluck up the courage to dip our feet into the tank filled with eagerly awaiting, hungry fish. And yes, we both squealed embarrassingly loud at first, however we were pleased to discover that the sucking and nibbling did not hurt at all. Garra Rufa fish don't actually have teeth; it is their suction-cupped mouths that are perfectly shaped for lifting the dead skin off your feet.
It's quite a strange feeling to explain, perhaps best described as tickly, almost like pins and needles. You get used to the sensation very quickly and it eventually feels quite relaxing. Getting a fish pedicure is a win-win situation; the fish get to feast on your dead skin and you get rejuvenated feet. Getting rid of scaly, cracked feet can only be a good thing, right?