When Fish Therapy does not mean having fish as a regular part of your diet …
So what does it mean? It means letting the fish nibble on the dead skin of your feet as part of the healing process. The Kenko Reflexology & Fish Spa at the Pavilion Shopping Mall in Kuala Lumpur offers this “spa experience like no other” with prices starting at RM30 (Rs. 600).
I learnt about this unique spa during a break in the ASOCIO Executive Directors meeting which we were trying to conduct over dinner hosted by PIKOM (the Malaysian IT Association). Since this was at the tail end of a very hectic week, most of the participants were in a party mood and a karaoke session was taking place in parallel which of course didn’t help reduce the noise levels.
Anyway, one of our Malaysian friends, when asked how one would spend a spare hour or so in KL, told us about a Fish Spa not far from the hotel where most of us were staying. Yup a Fish Spa! Great for therapeudic purposes, we were told. These are not your normal fish you understand. They are toothless so no need to fear them really. Yeah right!!!
The fish are called Garra Rufa and have apparently originated from a hot spring near Kangal in Turkey where they were first discovered for their healing power. Not surprisingly, some people call them ‘Doctor Fish’ as it is claimed that they help in easing the symptoms of those suffering from various skin conditions. As you can see in this picture, they nibble away your scaly and dead skin, leaving your feet smooth and glowing.
Believe me I was tempted to try it considering that I really needed a pedicure but somehow the thought of little fish nibbling away at my feet, was not a very attractive thought. The fact that they have no teeth did not really offer me comfort. However, for those who are less squeamish and ticklish, I am told it is worth a try. By the way, these fish are quite picky from what I hear. They are more attracted to older, scalier, skin, and so fewer circulate around children’s feet. Hmmmm ….
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