Flesh-Eating Fish

Every one has heard about the famous fish used in pedicures that eat the dead skin off feet as an exfoliant (lovely, yes?). I have always been curious about these fish, and slightly horrified. As I entered WOW organic salon in Cape Town, imagine my excitement when the entry way revealed two large plush chairs will square aquariums at their bases, with FISH inside! I knew at once these must be the famous fish, so I opted to spend time submerging my feet and experimenting with the treatment.


At first, the fish tickled around my feet, and anticipated being bitten. But since the fish have no teeth, this never occured. I spent a pleasant 15 minutes or so, feet submerged, while the fish swam around my feet as I read my book.

flesh_eating_fishI’m not sure how much more effective a treatment the fish are than a normal pedicure, but it was fun, recommended by the salon, and my pedicure was awesome. The excitement of the fish (my excitement not the fish’s), combined with the spacious light filled rooms, the friendly staff, make WOW an awesome sanctuary. Wildlife Sanctuary if you count the fish.