I took Mr Candy with me, and he only moaned a little about it, every day.
Wahanda offered a discounted rate, but the normal, full prices are displayed in their window:
Ok, so what kind of fishes do this ‘pedicure’?
Garra Rufa fish are exotic pedicurists. Found naturally in hot springs near Kangal, a small town in Turkey, they have been softening and cleansing the skin of bathers for centuries.
Firstly, when we got to the salon, I noticed that it’s quite small. There was no where to wait (we were a little early) so went for a walk instead – hello, there’s a Space NK and MAC around the corner!
But I digress. The place is small, but quaint, and it looks no where as pretentious as their site makes it look.
This is the tank where baby fish (I think) are kept!
So the treatment starts…Firstly, someone washes your feet, and then you sit on these seats (which are grouped in 2’s. There’s a single seat at the end of the row if you have no friends) and slowly dunk your feet into the tank.
The fish immediately go for it!
So how does it actually feel?
For me it was similar to having my feet in a jacuzzi, you can feel them nibbling, and it’s just a gentle suction. It did make my feet feel a little buzzy but it’s never uncomfortable.
The guy sat next to us said he couldn’t feel anything, so I guess it’s different for everyone.
Here is the video:
I waxed my toes for you.
Another thing I noticed is that the fish get a bit bored after a while. You apparently slowly swirl your feet to get their attention again. They definitely liked my left foot more than my right foot. They also nibbled on my cuticles…yeah, sounds weird but it was honestly ok!
The dead fish.
Yes there was one. The guy at Aqua Sheko noticed it right away and scooped it out. Poor little guy. Note, this was just moments after I dunked my feet in, so I reckon it was already dead, please do not send me with the bill for the burial.
Other things to note…
– The staff are very nice, very friendly and don’t mind explaining things about the experience and about the fishes
– They offer free green tea or water. They offer some cold drinks for about £2 (ie. coconut milk).
After the fish treatment, your feet are washed and you are read to go. If you go for the more expensive treatment, you get a foot massage which looks so heavenly! But you don’t get it with the express service we had (3o mins in the fish tank!) Booo!
My feet were a lot softer, and tingly. It didn’t get rid of all the hard skin I had on my heel but it was still a big improvement, and quite frankly, better than any other pedicure I’ve ever had. At least I didn’t have bleeding cuticles!?
Mr Candy says he really really enjoyed it and next time would get the luxury treatment.
I would also consider going again and I’d love to take my Nan, cos she has super hard skin on feet.