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Fish Pedicures by Loretto on 3 August 2011 3:38pm
Now this is my idea of TORTURE!!! I hate feet, foot massages etc. Add dead skin and tiny skin eating fish to that and I am repulsed beyond description. Some authorities have allegedly banned this type of pedicure.



14 states in the US have banned these fishy pedicures; because you can sanitize tools and pedicure implements but according to Lynda Elliot in New Hampshire;

"The issue: cosmetology regulations generally mandate that tools need to be discarded or sanitized after each use. But epidermis-eating fish are too expensive to throw away. “And there’s no way to sanitize them unless you bake them for 20 minutes at 350 degrees,” says Lynda Elliott, an official with the New Hampshire Board of Barbering, Cosmetology and Esthetics. The board outlawed fish pedicures in November."


:-) I wouldn't eat those fish!!!
Re: Fish Pedicures by Spursfan2 on 3 August 2011 9:07pm
We went to the place in Central Turkey about 16 years ago where all this began. It was basically a spa, and the fish were not there to give you the latest pedicure but to cure you of any little skin problems you may have on your legs/feet. They are particularly good for psoriasis apparently.

I have to say in my defence that I was feeling tired (we had driven thousands of miles by then) and I got particularly miffed by the fact that we had to go into separate pools (men in one and women in another) so I said 'I'm NOT going in!!'. Zak did, of course, and said it was wonderful - by this time I was regretting saying it and having to wait in the car (reading my book) but it was too late.

My mood wasn't helped later that day by going to a restaurant that insisted on women going upstairs (with their families)!!

Now these fish are everywhere in England, even here in Stafford !! I am sure they are not the SAME fish you understand, rather their great-great-great-grandchildren.

Incidentally, 'threading' also started in Turkey; it is quite an experience tc have your eyebrows 'plucked' by a chap with a long piece of thread in his mouth, I can tell you!!

Re: Fish Pedicures by Ken Dunn on 4 August 2011 3:16am
There are a couple of shops in Kirkcaldy that provide this facility. Maybe it's just the one and I've seen it twice!
Re: Fish Pedicures by suzulu on 4 August 2011 11:08am
A friend of mine had this done and said it was a rip off (excuse the pun!). At this particular place, they didn't seem to be very hygienic.

I feel sorry for the fish having to put up with people's feet!

Are you seeing double, Ken? :)
Re: Fish Pedicures by Spursfan2 on 4 August 2011 1:11pm
The spa we visited was in Kangal, (where the famous Turkish Kangal dogs are from - oh dear, off I go again on another track!!) and were natural springs, very clean.

I have tried to find pix of it on the internet, but it seems in the 16 years or so since we visited it has gone commercial!! We were the only foreigners there when we visited, but it seems that hotels etc have sprung up there now - not sure I approve!! Still, here is one site that gives you some idea:


Oh and an amusing fact - Turkish for fish is 'balik'. If I tell you that the first bit is pronounced 'bol' and the last bit rhymes with tuck, you can see that the word can cause us Brits some embarrassment!!!

Re: Fish Pedicures by suzulu on 5 August 2011 11:41am
LOL, Anne! The Thermal Hotel sounds lovely, though.
Re: Fish Pedicures by Spursfan2 on 5 August 2011 4:54pm
Yes, Sue - there were only sort of cabins when we went that you could stay in. We stayed in the nearest town.

Re: Fish Pedicures by TERRY S on 5 August 2011 6:43pm
They were doing this in Crysal Peaks shopping Centre in UK near where my mom lives. She had a photo taken with a guy dressed as a fish who was advertising this! I'm not sure myself. It sounds kind of relaxing.
Re: Fish Pedicures by peripatetically on 16 August 2011 6:43am
I'll pass on this too. Gives me the nillies.
Re: Fish Pedicures by Loretto on 16 August 2011 4:55pm
The Free Willie Nillies?
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