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Monday, July 21, 2008

Let the fish eat your feet

This seems kind of like using parasites to eat away at diseased muscle, though admittedly, this is less disgusting.
Fish pedicures: Carp rid human feet of scaly skin

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Ready for the latest in spa pampering? Prepare to dunk your tootsies in a tank of water and let tiny carp nibble away.

Fish pedicures are creating something of a splash in the D.C. area, where a northern Virginia spa has been offering them for the past four months. John Ho, who runs the Yvonne Hair and Nails salon with his wife, Yvonne Le, said 5,000 people have taken the plunge so far.
"I know people were a little intimidated at first," Ho said. "But I just said, 'Let's give it a shot.' "

Customers were quickly hooked.

Tracy Roberts, 33, of Rockville, Md., heard about it on a local radio show. She said it was "the best pedicure I ever had" and has spread the word to friends and co-workers.
This is good news.
They leave live skin alone because, without teeth, they can't bite it off.
I was wondering about that...

And this is just funny.
State regulations make no provision for regulating fish pedicures. But the county health department — which does regulate pools — required the salon to switch from a shallow, tiled communal pool that served as many as eight people to individual tanks in which the water is changed for each customer.

The communal pool also presented its own problem: At times the fish would flock to the feet of an individual with a surplus of dead skin, leaving others with a dearth of fish.

"It would sometimes be embarrassing for them but it was also really hilarious," Ho said.
So, who's in?


Blogger kristi noser declared,

I saw this on the news today--I say go stand in the river and get it done for free, hello!

7/23/2008 6:48 PM  

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