This is where I received a fish pedicure! Photo by me.
Have you heard of a fish pedicure?
It's all the rage in France, so much so, enquiring minds had to know!
One cool morning, I made an appointment at the Guily Spa (guili means tickle) and went to check it out for myself.
What came next? Let's just say....
I wasn't tickled pink.
Before we get into that, first, a brief history lesson. According to the Guily website, the Garra Rufa fish, as known as "Doctor Fish," are found in freshwater river basins of the Middle East.
This type of therapy was first discovered in 19th century, particually at a hot spring in Kengal Valley, Turkey. These little fish doctors are well known for their beneficial effects and for healing certain skin diseases, such as psoriasis.
I pulled the above photos from Guily's website.
I apologize for not taking the photos myself, however, I wasn't able to.
Why, you may ask?
I was not able to due to the sensation I was feeling -- I FREAKED OUT!
Like a good little consumer, I checked out their website and saw the exact same photos you are seeing above.
That is what I expected... only a couple of fish nibbling on my toes!
Instead, it felt like a school of fish sucking at my feet, because it was exactly that!
Obviously, what I expected and what I received were not the same.
Again, I FREAKED OUT! I did keep my cool though, like Fonzie,
I just kept taking my feet out of the water, yet as soon I put ONE TOE IN,
they were on me like piranhas!
I am glad I was able to experience a fish pedicure, however, I won't do it again!
I resigned myself to home pedicures, no fish allowed
(other than on my dinner plate!)
I recommend you at least try it, who knows, you may LOVE it!
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