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.