Sunday, September 6, 2009

Spa Girl loves her Pedicures but are they fishy?

Pedicures are on my ‘to do list’ to keep my feet healthy and happy. This is really important as I’m not a socks person and love wearing all kinds of sandals and flip flops in the summer. There is nothing better than sinking into the massage chair while the esthetician bathes, chisels, files and paints my toes. Oh yes and massages my feet and lower legs, how heavenly is that!

I have loved having my toes painted since I was a child when my aunt would patiently and lovingly apply all the colours of the rainbow. Now my preference is an elegant French manicure on my toes.

A pedicure involves grooming the toenails, exfoliating dead skin that may have become dry and hard, tending to the cuticles, calluses, moisturizing and polish. The word pedicure comes from the Latin words pedis, which means of the foot, and cura, which means care. Regular pedicures can help prevent nail diseases and nail disorders.

Before booking your pedicure check out the salon and make sure they adhere to proper etiquette in keeping their tools clean.

The newest phenomenon in spa pampering is to dunk your tootsies in a tank of water and let tiny toothless carp known as garra rufa or doctor fish nibble away at the dead and flaking skin. First used in Turkey, they have become popular in some Asian countries and a few spas in North America. Fish pedicures are apparently great for getting rid of calluses. After the fish munch way for 15 to 30 minutes customers get a standard pedicure. If you are naturally ticklish, this may not be the treatment for you!

Well I’m off to the spa for a pedicure!


  1. I have a few indulgences but a pedicure is a necessity for me!

  2. It is a shame that these fish have now been banned in most states: