Aqua Sheko is the first ever fish therapy spa to hit our nation’s capital; offering the popular Asian pedicure treatment of using Garra Rufa fish to remove dead skin from your feet.
Upon arrival at the spa, your feet are fully washed before being submerged in the Garra Rufa tank. The spa treatment lasts approximately 30 minutes (although there’s also a 45 minute option available), while the fish gently suck and nibble at your toes, heels and soles, removing all dead skin from your feet. The fish don’t have teeth, and therefore the process is totally painless, if a little bit tickly.
But what exactly is the benefit of this procedure? According to the British Association of Dermatologists, the removal of superfluous skin aids with exfoliation and may help useful medications to penetrate the skin. Apart from its reputed medicinal properties, the treatment is also said to be extremely relaxing and has now become an effective beauty treatment, particularly amongst women.
The fish used in the tanks; the Garra Rufa, are naturally found in the hot springs near Kangal in Turkey, where they have been cleansing the skin of bathers for centuries. Quite apart from being a cosmetic procedure, it has now been suggested the Garra Rufa fish secrete an enzyme know as diathanol, which is proven to improve skin regeneration.