We here at Blue Crab Boulevard have been reporting for quite some time on modern breakthroughs in spa treatments and, of course, especially on spa treatments involving animals. (Which cost us a perfectly good informant – we sacrifice for our readers, we do.) In keeping with our tradition of groundbreaking news you can’t lose (even if you want to) here’s today’s animal spa adventure! The flesh-eating fish pedicure!
The toothless fish, termed garra rufa but known as “doctor fish”, nibble away at dead skin while leaving healthy flesh untouched, providing what advocates say is a natural alternative to potentially unsanitary razors, clippers or pumice stones.
John Ho, who owns the salon with wife Yvonne, said he was initially sceptical about offering the technique, which is popular in spas in Turkey, where the fish come from, as well as parts of Japan, China, Singapore and Malaysia.
”I know people were a little intimidated at first,” he told the Associated Press. “But I just said, ‘Let’s give it a shot.’ “
But customers flocked to try the treatment and as word spread the salon’s Dr Fish Massage was featured on local radio and Tyra Banks’ television talk show.
We certainly wish the proprietors all the best. We would caution our readers not to try this at home, especially since we predict that some unscrupulous vendors will now be trying to sell piranha as “(You’re gonna need a) Doctor Fish.”
We here at Blue Crab Boulevard have been experimenting with our own version of this latest, high-tech beautification technique. We have had limited success with our “lobster pedicure”, however. Although most of the test subjects are now walking again.