Fish pedicure

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Are you familiar with the concept of the Fish Spa? It's pedicure in an aquarium. Very popular in Asia. You entrust your petals to nice fish that eat your dead skin...

The Fish Spa, it's trendy!

Those who dive in a shorty (short sleeved wetsuit) are familiar with the cleaner fish. Harmless creatures that love to peck elbows and knees to eat dead skin...

Good news: this "pleasure" is no longer reserved for divers! It's even a trend to immerse your feet in pools full of cleaning fish, for a fish pedicure.

Fish pedicure [© www.fish-china.com]

This therapy would have come from Turkey. The treatment, originally, is for people with skin problems (psoriasis, eczema, etc.). Fish rid the dermis of unwanted scales.

Now it's getting trendy!

More and more Asian spas are offering this fish therapy as a pedicure. The fish used in these famous ponds is a freshwater fish, which answers to the sweet name of Garra rufa or Cyprinion macrostomus.

After the vogue in Asia (China, Singapore, Japan, Korea...) even the Americans are getting into it: see this Associated Press report here and this other from CBS there ...

"You come out with your feet softly."

Fish pedicureMy sister, who has just returned from Siem Reap, Cambodia, tried the experience at a local centre. Rather satisfied: "You come out with your feet very softly! »

For my part, I'm not very sure to become a customer of this kind of thing. I do not like them too much, in fact, fish eating dead skin. An old grudge of a diver ...

Since I have my own wetsuit, long of course, I no longer fear the overzealous cleaner fish. But I do remember that I used to hate being pecked by those damn critters when I was diving, back when I used to rent a shorty for outings.

It doesn't hurt, no. Only, when I had a nice scab on my knee, it was bound to end up being swallowed by one of those gluttonous fish. Then it would be hard to heal properly... I still blame them.

And you, it tempts you, the fish pedicure ?


Added the 22.11.2011 → And the shrimp manicureyou know?


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  1. Hello Marie-Julie,

    I was also amazed, while browsing the web, to discover that there were so many spas, especially in Asia, to offer this kind of fish therapy or fish pedicure ... And I had a good time discovering the reports amerloques on the subject.

    On the price side in Cambodia, I did not really give up with my sister. But as she made a rather quick visit, in the wake of a trip to Singapore, just to see the temples of Angkor, and it was the first time she set foot there, I do not think not that she has so much point of comparison. She stayed in a nice guesthouse in Siem Reap, apparently, but a good comfort and that does not really enter the category "small price" it seems to me. We will wait for her to return to the blog and leave us a comment with her impressions ...


  2. Good evening everyone!

    Regarding the fish doctor, for 3 dollars I found it funny, and indeed I had softer feet coming out ... From there to become a follower ... No ... especially since I still have my plates of psoriasis-eczema on the feet ...

    Prices in Cambodia ...? Honestly, I do not know what to say to you. Coming from Singapore, I obviously found cheap ... Down there the beer was 5 US dollars while in Siem Reap at 1.50 dollar ...

    Then, I think that the city of Siem Reap has developed strongly compared to a few years ago, with all it takes to satisfy the "vulgar" tourists; but again, coming from Singapore (big city of business), I found all that pretty authentic; despite the bars, restaurants, and the night market !!

    Our guest house (Villa Loti) was very cute, comfortable, a little outside the center and we paid 44 dollars a night for 2 people, breakfast and airport transfer included. I think it's in the $ 39 for a single person.
    The pass for Angkor temples cost US $ 40 per person for 3 days.

    Here! In any case, I stayed only 3 nights in Siem Reap ... and I only think of one thing ... go back !!!!!!!

  3. @ Alimata: Always a joke! 😆
    Me too, I like shrimp better, are more fun. They do not come to peck you in traitor, they, but get to work obligingly only when we come to meet them. Instead of pretending to be a moray, mouth open, like you, I often introduced my fingers to manicure ...

    @ Helen: Thank you for all these details, Sister!

  4. I don't really like cleaning fish, it stings, I'm soft on my skin, especially on my feet 😉
    Besides, often there are fake cleaners hidden among the real ones that take a piece of your skin right off 👿
    I do like the cleaner shrimps with their beautiful antennas that feel you everywhere before entering your mouth, it tickles nicely... 🙂
    As far as business goes, I don't really believe in "fish pedicure". It's too limited, even anecdotal. In our western countries, wouldn't the market be more like "fish epilator" or even "whale waxing"? 😆 ➡

  5. Never tried these fish-massage, but actually we cross a little everywhere ... in Singapore too!

    This article (or rather his comments) has had the merit to tell me that Helen is your sister, I had never hit ... shame on me, especially since she sent me a nice little email through my blog !!!!


  6. Yeah... 😉

    I had sent it to visit your blog, before its passage in Singapore, since you are a bit of a good tips specialist "what to do and where to go from Singapore when you only have a few days? What was his constraint ...


  7. After the "fish therapy" and the "shrimp spa", a new concept of exotic pedicure: the "piranha foot jacuzzi" !!!! Too strong!
    I shudder.
    It's a little "The teeth of the Amazon" your thing ...

  8. Sorry, Sha-Ka, I doubt that you get many answers to your question on this blog, dedicated to Asia and diving, not medical topics. But do we ever know?

    In this post, I was only thinking about this unusual new "fashion" in spa treatments, especially in Asia. I think that in terms of skin problems, the fish do not remove the dander. If they can bring relief to the moment, it would surprise me that they cure the disease itself.

    By crossing the words "psoriasis" with "fish doctor" in the search engines, you may end up finding testimonials from people who have really tested this remedy, for medical reasons and not just in "care" pedicures.

    Good luck with your research!

  9. Ok thanks for the answer, I also doubt that they can heal, but if they can already remove faster the crusts that form it would be already good 🙂

  10. It's super awesome, for people who like a good feeling. How do you get these little fish for a Christmas present? Thank you for informing me. 😀 Good n8t to all of you.

  11. 😉 😀 Hello to you citizens, to see them play they are great, Corinne, Santa Claus works miracles, happy birthday to you, to all of you. 😆

  12. @Anne: For my part, I have never tested. And I'm extremely ticklish under the soles of my feet ... I did not think about that! I think neither me, I would not support !!!
    😡 😆

  13. I come back from Indonesia where I could try fish therapy in Jakarta and Bali (Ubud). I thought it was great

  14. Good evening,
    Do not confuse Chin Chin with teeth. And Garra Rufa who does not have one, so who sucks. Light tickling and nice relationship with the fish. A real moment of relaxation and pleasure, even after.
    I did not need to go to Asia, just near my home in Haute Garonne. Here is the site:

  15. Hello,

    I would like to set up a massage center with fish in Morocco, could you give me all the necessary information to set up a project of this kind.

    Thank you in advance


  16. yuck ... I just won a pedicure in a valentine institute to "bathe with garra rufa" it really does not want me, it disgusts me even more I fear tickling ... must I find it to offer .. lol .. you did not give me any desire (already that I had none) ...

  17. I just tested this treatment with two friends in Paris.
    It was nice to smell these little critters. In addition, admiring this dance around the feet provides a feeling of relaxation. Thanks again to Régine for having this idea!

  18. In Malaysia 3 years ago, the three girls I was with tested, but I'm too ticklish for daring to put my feet in the water.
    At the time, it was almost unknown in France, now we do not even need to fly to Asia to try it. So, it loses its charm, I think.

  19. Hello,

    Me, if I test, it may be more of a gag than anything else. A nothing and I'm laughing so much I'm ticklish.