It was three years ago that I first heard about a Fish Spa. This was in one of the malls in Kuala Lumpur. Unfortunately, I didn't get to try it out back then and thought no more of it until last week.
Over the past three years, I think Fish Spas must have gone through a hype period and then a lot of bad publicity surrounding hygiene and the risks involved with having your dead skin removed by these fish. Well, I missed it all. Never came across the news.
We went to Penang over the weekend and I saw that there was a Fish Spa there. I had to try it!
I did have some concern over getting some sort of disease from the water but the tanks looked clear, they claimed to change the water daily and had a UV light there to kill bacteria. In addition, everyone had to thoroughly wash their legs with and enzyme before putting their feet in the tanks. My enthusiasm to try it might have biased my judgment a tiny bit so thankfully things worked out ok.
Once again, my enthusiasm made me stick both feet in without even thinking or preparing myself mentally and the result was me letting out a loud scream and pulling my feet out immediately. The fish had made a rush for the huge buffet I was serving and it felt like ten tiny fingers suddenly tickling underneath your feet. It doesn't hurt at all, just tickles like crazy.
Once I calmed down and had my giggling under control, we got this photo:
My verdict is that these little guys gave my feet a better cleaning than the pedicure I had a couple of weeks ago. It was a lot of fun for the whole family and the continuous laughing was an effective de-stresser. Would I do it again? I don't know. I would really like to but I am a little more paranoid about the hygiene now that I've gone and done more reading on it.