One Fish, Two Fish...

Yesterday I posted about poolside pedicures.
Today, I'll continue that thread
by introducing you to the newest "thing" here in the UK:

fish pedicures.

Have you seen these?

These "pedicures" claim to be from Asia
(though as I've never been, I can't speak with authority),
and instead of soaking your toes in bubbles and sea salt-
your feet go into a clear tank 
(also known as "aquariums")
where a hundred or so tiny little fish 
are waiting to meet... and eat them.

Yes, these baby fish EAT the dead skin off your feet.

After 10 or 20 minutes 
(depending on how long you purchased),
you're feet are "done" and have been rid of callouses and are baby soft.

No further treatments given...
no nail trimming or polishing,
no ten-minute massage. 


I asked one girl, who was getting her feet feasted on, how it felt:
"It kinda tickles. Not too bad after a while, but it just kind of feels weird."

I would imagine.

These "shops" are in every mall atrium,
popping up in ever vacant retail store available,
unabashedly littering my Groupon emails,
and even getting floor space in prime stores like Top Shop on Oxford Street.

(I did buy one off Groupon. I'll let you know how it goes when I go!)

The whole phenomenon is a bit remniscent of the
frozen yogurt trend that happened in the states in 2009.

Sadly, the "Yogurt Splash," "Ling's Yogurt Lounge," & "Yogilicous" are now gone...
but honestly, how much frozen yogurt did anyone expect us to consume to support so many shops?

So call me a prophet, if you'd like,
but I would like to predict that two years from now,
these feet feasting fishies will be gone...
and we will all have returned to our normal routine
of spa chairs, calf massages, & polish.

(As one friend noted: I hope the sushi industry doesn't start soaring...)

Have you ever had one of these pedicures? 
Tell me about it!
If not, would you give it a try?


  1. Good evening from Tokyo!

    Lauren, as a gal who *is* in Asia I can confirm that these foot-nibblers have been around here for a while. It's dirt cheap and from what I hear laughter-inducing, but I've never partaken in one before. Personally I think it'll last here, but in more Western countries it will run its course until the next new trend is intoduced.

    Enjoy your session and be sure to let us know how it turns out!



  2. OMG! This is just kind of disgusting. ha ha I can't wait to hear what you think, with your great sense of humor it should be a complete hoot. I think I'll stick to the traditional pedi in a spa chair! xo

  3. SO strange, i have a hard time getting a regular pedicure--i always laugh a lot! so i think the fishy one would be a no-go. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  4. wow. this seems like a good idea, in theory. i guess. but just...ew!
    i would be freaked out about it! and then have crazy fish attacking nightmares.

  5. Full disclosure... I'm Groupon's blogger for Oxford and am probably their most enthusiastic customer, so I splash (no pun intended) Groupon vouchers around on random things most weeks, but this one ... not sure it's for me. I'm a wee bit curious, but the curious/ickiness balance has not yet tipped the right way. Maybe I'm being a wimp.

  6. I think I just threw up a little bit in my mouth. Ew.

  7. Oh my gosh, they have these in Virginia and I'm kind of secretly dying to try one! Also, the fro-yo trend is alive and kicking in DC, so maybe this will stick too :)

  8. hahaha let me know when you go, I've heard mixed reviews. Some places give you massages after and a polish too from what I know. let me know :)

  9. NO WAY! Can't say I'd jump in on this trend, you are a brave girl!

  10. Um, this sounds weird! Not sure I want this trend to really hit the States. I think I'll stick to pedicures! But I am excited to see how your experience is.

  11. Yuck, I saw these on Travel Channel years ago. Who know that nasty idea would leave Asia ha!

  12. i saw this awhile back on the news. diane sawyer got one. and oddly enough, matt and i were just talking about this. he would do, i would not. i would much rather see yogurt shops popping up than places with fish who eat the dead skin off your feet. i'm not big on going into lakes bc of the fish nibbling at your legs and feet. heebie jeebies!

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  14. I just don't know how I would feel about fish feet...Hmm...

  15. Omg! I saw this when we were in Prague a few months ago! Weird.. Can't wait to hear about your experience. Pretty happy it hasn't taken over in the states... yet.

    Happy Friday!

  16. i've heard of this but never actually seen it. it hasn't made its way to the states yet i guess. they say it's good for skin conditions like psoriasis. i'd give it a shot but nothing beats a nice foot massage... :)

  17. I've heard about this and saw it while I was in a mall in Ireland a few weeks ago. I don't know if I could handle it...crazy!

  18. I tried it a few months ago (with one of those get-it-cheaper coupons). It is ticklish and feels funny having all those fish stuck to your feet. They do a good job, but not as good as a human being. I mean, how can you tell the little fish to stop nibbling around your ankle and focus on the hard skin around your big toe? HOW?

  19. Yes- when we were in Cambodia and Thailand these fish tanks were on every corner! I thought they looked so funny, but I never tried it. I haven't seen any here in China, but if they're in Oxford maybe we'll be getting them soon. Hope you enjoy your experimental pedicure. You're a braver soul than I was!

  20. I saw this all over Bali and in Singapore too! I don't know about trying it myself, I prefer a traditional pedicure. And the frozen yogurt trend still seems to be going strong (I haven't really seen many close) so maybe this one will last too!

  21. They are banned in my home state of Washington. I'm still not sure how I feel about them.

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  22. Considering I can barely snorkel because having fish come up and nibble on my skin freaks me out, there is no way I could willingly plunge my feet into a tank like this! Also, I wonder how they clean them...? Kind of gross if I think about it too much...

  23. I went to one in Kuala Lampur in a mall/antique fair area. I don't consider myself a crazy girly girl, but I have never squealed like such a little kid in my life. But I had to do it. It's the most bizarre creepy, slimy feeling. But let me tell you, the calluses will be gone. I try not to think about any of the cleanliness issues. Ever.


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