A central Ohio spa is among the first in the U.S. to offer fish pedicures to clients.
Sean McMullen treated himself to the experience at Maison De Leumas Day Spa, 10TV News
"I turned 40 this year, I figured I'd treat myself to something nice," McMullen said.
Spa director Cheryl Garver said the spa is the first to offer the fish pedicure in the
"This is kind of all the rage in Europe and in Asia," Garver said.
Garver said the Asian fish, called garra ruffa or "doctor fish," do not have teeth. They nibble
away at dead skin and calluses, 10TV News reported.
"It's very natural, very green," Garver said.
Clients like McMullen pay $25 to $40 for 15 or 30-minute sessions.
"You have to get over the fear of 'My feet are in the fish,'" Garver said. "But you kind of
watch the fish swim around and it becomes very relaxing. You almost want them to come eat your
"It feels like little fingers or feathers going across your toes," McMullen said.
Though McMullen's son watched skeptically, Garver said half of her clients are men.
"It's fabulous for men," Garver said. "I mean what's more male that sticking your hands or feet
in fish? All you need is a drink and a hat and a pole and you're ready to go."
There are no state regulations about fish pedicures in salons. Director of the State Board of
Cosmetology Kevin Miller said the board may make rules about it.
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