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    A very fishy pedicure place...

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080721/...yrJq.MOSRxFb8C
    Fish pedicures: Carp rid human feet of scaly skin

    By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 40 minutes ago

    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.
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    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.

    "This is a good treatment for everyone who likes to have nice feet," Ho said.

    He said he wanted to come up with something unique while finding a replacement for pedicures that use razors to scrape off dead skin. The razors have fallen out of favor with state regulators because of concerns about whether they're sanitary.

    Ho was skeptical at first about the fish, which are called garra rufa but typically known as doctor fish. They were first used in Turkey and have become popular in some Asian countries.

    But Ho doubted they would thrive in the warm water needed for a comfortable footbath. And he didn't know if customers would like the idea.

    "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.

    "I'd been an athlete all my life, so I've always had calluses on my feet. This was the first time somebody got rid of my calluses completely," she said.

    First time customer KaNin Reese, 32, of Washington, described the tingling sensation created by the toothless fish: "It kind of feels like your foot's asleep," she said.

    The fish don't do the job alone. After 15 to 30 minutes in the tank, customers get a standard pedicure, made easier by the soft skin the doctor fish leave behind.

    Ho believes his is the only salon in the country to offer the treatment, which costs $35 for 15 minutes and $50 for 30 minutes. The spa has more than 1,000 fish, with about 100 in each individual pedicure tank at any given time.

    Dennis Arnold, a podiatrist who four years ago established the International Pedicure Association, said he had never heard of the treatment and doubts it will become widespread.

    "I think most people would be afraid of it," he said.

    Customer Patsy Fisher, 42, of Crofton, Md., admitted she was nervous as she prepared for her first fish pedicure. But her apprehension dissolved into laughter after she put her feet in the tank and the fish swarmed to her toes.

    "It's a little ticklish, actually," she said.

    Ho said the hot water in which the fish thrive doesn't support much plant or aquatic life, so they learned to feed on whatever food sources were available — including dead, flaking skin. They leave live skin alone because, without teeth, they can't bite it off.

    In addition to offering pedicures, Ho hopes to establish a network of Doctor Fish Massage franchises and is evaluating a full-body fish treatment that, among other things, could treat psoriasis and other skin ailments.

    Ho spent a year and about $40,000 getting the pedicures up and running, with a few hiccups along the way.

    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.

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    I would try that.

    One night I took my wife out to dinner and afterward told her we could do anything she wanted. "PEDICURE!" was her immediate reply. So off to the nail place we head.

    When we arrive they are about to close. If we agreed to both get pedicures, then they would stay open. We agreed and mamasan began barking out orders in a language that I did not understand to two female employees. I was whisked away to a funky chair with some suspect looking water in a thing at the bottom, and sat there watching roaches cavort between my chair and the wall for the next thirty minutes.

    Mamasan apparently saw them too and again fired off a long string of a language that my Texan ears did not comprehend, and then told the old lady she was working on that it was "a beetle".

    It took all my will power not to tell her that if she liked the beetle, she should save it from the roaches that were having a rodeo by my foot pond.

    Never been back and my wife has found a new nail salon as well.

    So the fish have to be better than roaches, right?
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    Very interesting!
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    Huh - I have had a few of them in my lifetime, but I wouldn't have called it a pedicure - more or less dip my feet in the water when I was a kid and the little fishies nibble my feets and it tickled.

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    thats gotta be better than the dremel tool I saw them take to my friend's feet a few weeks ago when i went with her for a pedi....

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    Quote Originally Posted by artifice View Post
    thats gotta be better than the dremel tool I saw them take to my friend's feet a few weeks ago when i went with her for a pedi....
    ewwwwwwww gnarly toenails!

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    fish=good

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    I want fish to eat my feet.

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    Here fishy fishy fishy! Come nibble on my badly in need of a pedicure feeties!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tude View Post
    Here fishy fishy fishy! Come nibble on my badly in need of a pedicure feeties!

    Holy carp!!!!!!!

    I'll stick to the little fish, thank you.

    Hey, if I stick my toes in my betta's bowl, will I get a pedicure as good as the ones the doctor fish give? I feed the little bugger, and he does nothing for me. He doesn't cuddle, doesn't look that pretty, and doesn't do interesting things. Might as well try to wrangle a pedicure out of him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nekohime View Post
    Holy carp!!!!!!!

    I'll stick to the little fish, thank you.

    Hey, if I stick my toes in my betta's bowl, will I get a pedicure as good as the ones the doctor fish give? I feed the little bugger, and he does nothing for me. He doesn't cuddle, doesn't look that pretty, and doesn't do interesting things. Might as well try to wrangle a pedicure out of him.
    hehe my bettas would be down in the corner eyeballing my foot!

    Used to have a couple big meat eaters - shovel nose and of course, ye ole oscar - who was the size of a dinner plate (dumb me fed him some crayfish I didn't use for fishing bait - only to find out they were infested with worms - didn't find out till the worms had infested my fish and drilled holes in him ) - but this guy watched my hands when I was cleaning out his big aquarium. I never noticed till my ex-husband says - um - you better watch it - and sure enough my big fishy was lining up on me for a finger. Not sure how much damage he would have done but it would have scared me!

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    Where can I get me baby carp fish?

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    I know a few people that should stick their heads in that pool "O" fish!
    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    Whoa. I guess the last customer had really ripe feet.



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    I think I remember seeing that treatment a while back (at least 2yrs ago) on Japanese TV.
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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