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How does a fish pedicure work?


What to Expect from a Fish Pedicure
Fish pedicures date back hundreds of years.
Fish pedicures date back hundreds of years.
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In the United States, a fish pedicure will run you between $45 to $100, depending on the length of the treatment and what services you purchase along with it. The treatment generally lasts 15 or 30 minutes. Most spas will recommend you come back for regular treatments to get the best results. But many people report seeing and feeling a difference in just one session.

A fish spa treatment from a qualified salon should go something like this:

Once you arrive at the salon and remove your shoes and socks, your feet and ankles will be carefully and thoroughly cleansed and inspected to ensure there are no open cuts or wounds. Next, you'll sit down at your own individual foot spa. Each spa should have its own filtration system that cleans, refreshes and sanitizes the water regularly throughout the day.

Each spa holds about 150 fish or so. Once you dip your feet in, the fish will flock to all the areas on your feet with dead skin. Most people report the initial feeling as very ticklish! Soon after, though, the ticklish feeling usually turns to a feeling of "pins and needles" or a tingly massage. In all the reviews I've read, though, nobody has described the feeling as unpleasant. Most people enjoy it and many describe it as quite relaxing.

After the fish treatment is over, your feet will be rinsed off, and your regular pedicure will continue, with your feet feeling rejuvenated and baby soft.