Fish Pedicure

I've noticed when traveling how disgusting my feet become from the walking, hiking, even sweating! The skin on my feet just becomes hard, dry, dead skin.  While exploring the villages of the Greek Island, Paros, I came across a place for fish to eat the dead skin off your feet.  I have heard about people getting this done before.  Essentially, it's a fish pedicure.  Basically, people place their feet in a tank full of Garra rufa fish, a variety of Turkish toothless carp, and sit back while the fish eat away their dead skin.  

I was a little hesitant about doing this because I didn't know what to expect or how it would feel.  Would it hurt? Was it sanitary? Is it safe? I always want to try new experiences as much as possible.  Even if I never do this again, just to say I've tried it would be cool enough!  So, my friend and I decided to give this a try, after all our feet were nasty anyway.  The price was fairly cheap, too.  We paid 10 euro for 20 minutes.  

First, we had to rinse our feet off under the shower provided in the shop.  Next, we sat down and placed our feet in the tank.  Here it goes, now or never.  Boy, were we nervous! As soon as we put our feet down in the tank all the fish swarmed our feet.  It scared us at first because our feet weren't even all the way in the tank before the fish hovered and started eating away.  

How did it feel? Well, it felt like the fish were giving you kisses all over your feet.  Yes, the fish eat away the dead skin, but they don't bite because they're toothless.  They suck on your feet.  After about 2-3 minutes you quickly adjust and get use to it.  It is a very relaxing feeling.  It even tickles a little bit, but didn't hurt at all! Definitely something to try!

I feel like this experience might be like eating sushi.  You need to go to the right place or it could make you sick.   When trying this experience, research the place before you go, read reviews, and also check out the place first.  This was such a fun, new experience we had on the Greek Island! 

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