Outside of Accra, Ghana, You Can Get a Fish Spa Pedicure for Just $15
The first thing that probably comes to mind when you think about a spa day are probably spa treatments like massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures. These treatments tend to involve materials like oils and lotions, but there’s one type of spa that uses an unlikely tool to massage, cleanse, and relax clients: live fish.
A fish spa is a type of spa therapy that entails letting small fish, usually Garra rufa fish, gently nibble on your skin. The fish are said to act as natural exfoliants when they come in contact with the skin, typically the feet. This treatment is said to be quite relaxing (if a bit odd at first) and is even said to help reduce symptoms of stress. Fish spas are said to have originated in Turkey and around the Middle East but have become popular all over the world. One place you can find a pedicure lounge specializing in the fish spa treatment outside Accra, Ghana.
The Adinkra Pedicure Lounge is located in Madina, a suburb of Accra, the capital city of Ghana. When you arrive at the spa, the first step is having your feet washed and inspected for cuts, which can be a health hazard for fish spa treatments. Then, it’s time to let the Garufa fish do their thing. While gentle, you will feel the fish nibbling at the dead skin at your feet, which might be a slightly unusual or unsettling feeling at first.
The fish spa treatment at the Adinkra Pedicure Lounge in Madina lasts about 45 minutes and costs about $15. Note that the entrance to the spa is not well marked, so be sure to take down the address below and walk up the stairs you’ll be met with to find the spa on the upper floor.
Where: 25 Boundary Road, Madina, Ghana