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Unusual Pedicure Treatment Features Fish

Posted: July 22, 2008

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Tracy Roberts, 33, of Rockville, MD, heard about it on a local radio show. She said it was “the best pedicure I ever had” and has spread the word to friends and co-workers. “I'd been an athlete all my life, so I've always had calluses on my feet. This was the first time somebody got rid of my calluses completely,” she said.

First-time customer KaNin Reese, 32, of Washington, described the tingling sensation created by the toothless fish: “It kind of feels like your foot's asleep,” she said.

The fish don't do the job alone. After 15 to 30 minutes in the tank, customers get a standard pedicure, made easier by the soft skin the doctor fish leave behind.

Ho believes his is the only salon in the country to offer the treatment, which costs $35 for 15 minutes and $50 for 30 minutes. The spa has more than 1,000 fish, with about 100 in each individual pedicure tank at any given time.

Dennis Arnold, a podiatrist who four years ago established the International Pedicure Association, said he had never heard of the treatment and doubts it will become widespread. “I think most people would be afraid of it,” he said.