Have you heard about having carp(fish) nibble your feet when getting a pedicure?

United States
July 23, 2008 7:43pm CST
Pedicures and carp--who would have ever thought of these 2 topics together? Yessiree, some nail salons now have vats of small carp to nibble on customer's feet to perform the pedicure. The carp apparently eat the dead skin, callouses, and bunions off so that one's foot is nice and smooth. Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America experienced such a pedicure and said it feels quite "tingly". Others report it is "ticklish." Anyway, would you place your feet in a tank of water with many carp fish in it and allow them to nibble on your feet?
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
24 Jul 08
I heard this the other day on the radio. I doubt I'll be doing it though..lol. I've never even had a regular pedicure, but I'm not going to let fish eat on me!
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
25 Jul 08
Well hold on to your chair. I've never even had a manicure! lol I'm a redneck of the first order.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
24 Jul 08
I saw that on the news last night and thought that was the most disgusting thing I've seen in a long time for a "beauty" treatment. I mean, come on....little guppy size fish, nibbling at your feet and ankles? And if they are eating, that means their mouth is on your open skin as they just eat it off.. or whatever they "do" in the water is now in the water your feet, with the skin just eaten off is in - just sounds like infection city to me! And the news guy said that they never get full...they just eat and eat - I have to shut up - I am grossing myself out! That is just not needed as a beauty treatment --- plus, how many foot massage therapists (or whatever they are called) are now out of a job!!!!
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• United States
24 Jul 08
Hi coffeebreak. The carp pedicure does seem more than a little unusual, even eccentric, doesn't it? I must say I never thought of the facts that you've brought up for discussion. Infection never entered my mind. I hope that someone would have looked in to that. Otherwise, wouldn't the Health inspectors come down on the nail salons who have the carp and use the technique? I guess we'll have to wait and see about that one. The nail techs usually do the pedicures and manicures at the salon where I go. Basically, having such a "pedicure" would allow the nail techs more time. They could make double the money as they could be working on the next person while one was getting their manicure with the carp. They'd be getting paid for 2 services at once. Anyhoo, I don't expect this technique to make it to my little neck of the woods anytime soon. Thanks for your comments, coffeebreak. And do take care.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
24 Jul 08
Yeah, probably wont take off to much, but I think while the nail person is fiddling with the fish and the feet of that person they just ate off of, and then comes to my feet - hopefully she washed her hands, but still...it is just to gross. Plus, do they "change" the fish? I mean, clean water and new fish or do the fish that just ate off her feet are now eating off mine...bring whatever from her feet to mine or in the water...okay, I am totaly grossing myself out here! I would think Health inspectors would need to check it out, but who knows!
• India
26 Dec 08
i too read it in a magazine sometime back and wanted to experience it but it was only famous in singapore and not in india.but very recently when one of my friend was getting married she wanted to have a makeover in a beautysalon and she had come across this unusuall term fishpedicure.after the pedicure she said she even had a tickling feel but it was nearly 4 times expensive than the ordinary pedicure.that was the first and last she a fishpedicure as she was not comfortable with that.but i am planning to have a fishpedicure.
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• United States
30 Dec 08
Hi priyarameshkumaar. It sounds very interesting, doesn't it? You will have to tell us all on myLot how your fish pedicure goes. Alot of people seemed to be really grossed out by the thought of it. Sorry your friend was not comfortable with it. Thank you for your comments and do take care.
• Hong Kong
6 Aug 08
Yes Yes I read about it. The fish is originated from Turkey and people go to a particular pond to get their feet or body nibbled by the fishes. Then Japan developed that into a greater scale in the beauty industry. Actually I think it's really fun. I think I would try it if I am given a chance just to experience it.
• United States
6 Aug 08
I would definitely try it once--the carp nibbling at my feet for a pedicure. But, I must say that several myLotters were kind of grossed out by this concept. It would certainly be a different sort of experience. Of course, if it tickled too much, I'd have to pull my feet out of the water!
@hezoid (2148)
1 Aug 08
Well, it sounds like it would work as i can see the idea behind it but it's not something i would want done myself. What's wrong with good old foot scrub? I just think the idea of actually having it done would freak me out too much. Plus it might be too ticklish to bear!
• United States
1 Aug 08
Hi hezoid. I suspect it would be more than a little weird to have little fish nibbling on my feet! I am with you on that. However, I do think I would try it once, just to see what it was like. I'm ticklish so I might not be able to tolerate it, I guess. Thanks for your response and do take care.
@ellie333 (21029)
24 Jul 08
I rememeber years ago I used to take my children for a walk by a lake that had massive carp in it and they would literally eat bread out of your hand but I don't think I'd be putting my feet into a tank of them. Ellie :D
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• United States
25 Jul 08
Hi ellie333. Wow, love the story about the carp eating bread out of your hands! These pedicure carp are about the size as minnows and have no teeth. They are very small and harmless, I saw them on TV and in a picture in our newspaper. At any rate, no one so far has volunteered for this pedicure. Except me! I'd try it once, I think. Thanks for responding. Take care.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
24 Jul 08
Many years ago when I used to water ski if you fell and just hung out in the lake until the boat came back you could feel the little fishes nibble on your toes! It's really kind of ticklish! LOL....would I do it intentionally? Nope!
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• United States
24 Jul 08
Yeah, jill, that's how Diane Sawyer or someone else described it. "Ticklish." It does seem more than a little weird, doesn't it? I think I'm the sort of person who might try it one time. But it is a little creepy also. Thanks for responding.
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@kimbers867 (2540)
• United States
24 Jul 08
PearlGrace, that's gross!!!! I want to treat myself to a pedicure and I don't think so! Hopefully this new "fad" does not make it out of New York! Yuck! I would not do it! I won't go very far in the ocean because I don't know what might be near my feet. Thanks for heebie jeebies!!!
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• United States
24 Jul 08
Gee, kimbers867, didn't mean to give you the heebie jeebies! It looks sort of funny as the vat you put your feet in is clear glass and you can view all the fish snacking. I suspect this trend will not make it to my neck of the woods anytime soon. But, it's pretty silly, I've got to admit. Well, use your positive imagery, perhaps of going to the beach and swimming in the o----, scratch that, I guess that one won't work for you! Go to the zen spot in your head and just reeeeeelaaaaaax....