Stinginess and an inability to drive mean that I walk a few miles a day. While this makes for tremendous calf muscles my feet are rather shameful. Oh for the courage to dip my feet into a tank of Garra Rufa, or ‘Doctor’ fish, surely all my feet troubles could be solved.
Months after watching the fish at work in Liverpool I received an e-mail from Squeamish Louise. Had I heard of the Garra Rufa fish pedicure, and did I want to try it? My answers were yes and yes.
In the run-up to our appointment a couple of stories came out about the tanks not being sterile due to fish tending not to thrive in chlorinated waters. Meaning athletes foot and verrucas were possibly being passed on by little fishy mouths. The water in a Ziga Fish tank is in fact filtered and sterilised by UV light ten times an hour so any infection will not be passed on. So all you have to worry about is: how ticklish are your feet?
Once my 30 minutes was up I was a little disappointed that my feet did not resemble the After image from a Doctor Scholl's advert. Perhaps my expectations of what some tiny fish can do in half an hour may have been a little high. Squeamish Louise swore her feet felt softer but I think I might need a few more sessions before I see any marked improvement. It wasn’t much more effective than taking a pumice stone to my feet – but where's the fun in that?
Squeamish Kate and Louise visited Ziga Fish in Portslade where they were assured the fish are also fed on proper fish food in addition to feet skin cells.