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Are you ready for some pampering? Put your feetsies in a tank of water and let dozens of fish nibble away.


The newest trend in spa pampering? The fish pedicure.

For a mere $50, you too can have garra rufa fish eat your callouses away for 15-30 minutes. This fish pedi is all the rage in Japan, but can only be found at one spa in the U.S.: Alexandria, Va.'s "Yvonne Hair and Nail Salon."  So far, 5,000 people have taken the plunge.

Some fans have touted the pedicures as "the best pedi I ever had" and "this got rid of my callouses completely." Used as an alternative to the razor, which has fallen out of favor with state regulators due to sanitary concerns, the dozen or so fish nibbling will have a similar effect.

What's next for the Virginia spa? John Ho (Yvonne spa owner) wants to offer full-body treatments to cure various skin ailments. Hmmm... don't think we're quite that brave.

Would you try the fish pedi?

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15 comments so far | Post a comment now
ANON July 22, 2008, 11:48 AM

I would totally like to try this! I saw it first on TV on the reality show “I Survived A Japanese Game Show”. I thought to myself that would be kinda neat to try. I think that it would tickle a bit but still fun to try.

Anonymous July 22, 2008, 12:05 PM

That does NOT sounds relaxing to me!

shanna July 22, 2008, 12:56 PM

This totally grosses me out. the stench of fish is not something that appeals to me in a spa setting at all.

foxymama July 22, 2008, 5:41 PM

i saw something about this on tv this morning - even my little girls (7 and 5) want to try it! cool!

jackie July 22, 2008, 6:43 PM

for 50 bucks????? You’ve gotta be kidding me. No thanks. I’ll paint my own toes and spend it on something else thank you.

people are nuts

lisa July 22, 2008, 6:57 PM

no thank you. yikes.
there is no way this works. what’s next laying in a bath with snakes licking you so you can have softer skin?

Anonymous July 23, 2008, 2:42 AM

Oh, hell no. Not even if they paid me fifty bucks.

arlene July 23, 2008, 10:30 AM


joan July 23, 2008, 3:06 PM

we have these in singapore already :)

Margaret Rey July 24, 2008, 7:14 AM

I would love to try this!!! I hope it comes to NYC.

Anonymous July 24, 2008, 5:38 PM

Yes! They should try it out in more places in US. I would try it but not for $50, that’s too much. But I want to see how it feels like..Good thing my feet isn’t ticklish, haha.

savannah July 25, 2008, 12:04 PM

I would LOVE to try this! I think I first heard about it on Ugly Betty and ever since then I’ve wanted to try it. I mean if you have dry rough skin on your feet that’s what the fish are getting rid of!! Why not try it, with the cost of all the stuff you would regularly buy it’d probably cost more and wouldn’t be as affective.

Lynn August 20, 2008, 12:31 AM

It sounds way cool. I just don’t think it’s worth 50 bucks. I do remember as a kid (we went to the local lake) when we’d dangle our feet in the water and sometimes (if you were quite)the fish would nibble on your toes

Sallie September 11, 2008, 3:07 PM

I am going to try one of these out tomorrow afteroon. I can’t wait!

Rachel April 13, 2011, 10:02 AM

I lived in Alexandria for a year, haha, never had anything this cool! I still would like to research it and make sure the fish are ok before giving it a go. :)

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