FishSpa Solutions

  • What is the history of the garra rufa fish pedicure?

    The garra rufa pedicure has a positive, proven history. The fish are part of the Cypriniformes family, hailing from Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Turkey has recently implemented measures concerning the responsible export of the fish to ensure the avoidance of over harvesting. It is believed that inhabitants of Turkey have known of the healing and beauty properties of garra rufa fish since before scientists had given the fish a name. People from outlying areas began to visit popular springs containing the fish in the early 1800s. It wasn’t long before crude pools were constructed in order to benefit from the healing fish.

    In the 50s and 60s several resorts were built, touting close proximity to the fish, as well as the healing spring water they came from. While locals had long since known of the beautifying effect that garra rufa fish have on the skin, sufferers of psoriasis have had the most dramatic results from the treatment. People from all over the world have visited Turkey specifically to treat their psoriasis with a garra rufa pedicure. Doctor fish have often accomplished what no creams or medications could accomplish, relief from the irritated, itchy red skin of psoriasis.

    Outside of Turkey and its neighbouring countries, Asian countries were the first to export the fish for use in spas and salons. Eastern cultures and their affinity for natural solutions to health and beauty were a natural fit for garra rufa pedicure. Spas offering this service continue to grow in popularity throughout Asia and Europe.

  • Do the garra rufa fish bite and does it hurt?

    Not at all,  garra rufa fish have no teeth so the experience is completely pain free.

  • Do garra rufa help certain skin ailments?

    Yes they have assisted with the successful treatment of eczema and psoriasis and many other skin diseases and ailments for hundreds of years.

  • Do they eat other food, and not just dead skin?

    Yes, their diet is supplemented with a special formula fish food as it is important we keep them healthy and happy.

  • Is the treatment hygienic?

    Yes, the fish cannot transmit diseases, the water that the treatments are provided in is constantly filtered and sterilised and there is no record of any diseases or infection being transmitted through this treatment.

  • Is there any shared water in the garra rufa foot spa?

    No, our tanks are individual foot spas. No water is shared with other clients. Spas have their own filtration systems for hygiene and maintenance reasons.

  • Is it healthy for the fish to feed throughout the day?

    Yes, this species of fish thrive in these conditions. With the amount of fish in each foot spa, not all fish will feed at the same time which allows the fish to rest when they want to. The fish have a high metabolism and are very active little creatures.

  • Is there any maintenance required?

    Yes, we want your spa to be clean, looking immaculate and more importantly safe for your clients and the fish. There is a small element of ongoing maintenance required by you or your staff; naturally we provide comprehensive guidance and training.

  • Does the system come with a guarantee?

    Yes, all equipment from us will be provided with a full market leading guarantee.

  • Are there any restrictions on where the spa can be located?

    There are some common sense restrictions. We will advise on the best location to avoid placing systems in direct sunlight, in hazardous industrial areas, or areas where rapid environmental changes may take place.

  • What does a fish pedicure feel like?

    Like very fine vibrations all over your feet, similar to a micro-massage. Clients find that after the first 30 seconds it’s very relaxing. Afterwards, as well as their feet feeling softer they will feel lighter and refreshed.

  • Can you sum up the benefits?

    Softer, smoother, healthier, refreshed feet and a smile on your face!

  • Does it tickle?

    For some people the first few seconds can be a little ticklish but they soon get used to it.

  • What is the ideal treatment time?

    We advise a 15 or 30 minute fish pedicure. Clients clearly notice the effects after 15 minutes but obviously the longer you stay the more dead skin the fish can remove and the smoother and the more relaxed your feet will feel.

  • Should we offer a treatment plan as part of a regime?

    Yes, we advise that your clients utilise the spa for 4 – 6 treatments initially and then a treatment every 6 to 8 weeks to keep their feet in tip top condition.

  • What about hygiene?

    Everyone cleans their feet before putting them in our tanks. The water is continuously cycled through a powerful filtration system including ultraviolet and ozone sterilization and clients are required to cover any open wounds or sores during use of the fish spa.

  • Is the water cold?

    No we try and replicate the fish’s natural habitat as best as possible and for this the water has to be nice and warm, which will suit your customers just fine.