Published: April 27, 2011
New Burnham-On-Sea health salon offers a fishy treat for your feet!

There's definitely something fishy going on at a new Burnham-On-Sea beauty salon which has opened in the town this week.

Fishy Feet Spa in Abingdon Street is offering the latest health craze - a garra rufa fish pedicure spa.

The treatment involves customers immersing their feet in warm water tanks filled with tiny toothless fish called garra rufa.

People with skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema benefit the most since the fish nibble away the dead skin but leave the healthy skin intact.

The fish don’t have teeth but suction cup mouths, which gently remove dead skin.

The treatment is being offered by Fishy Feet Spa at £10 per 15-minute session or £20 for 35-minute sessions.

The spa's Charlotte Jeffrey told "We've had a lot of interest already and most people who try it love it and are shocked by the results."

The spa will soon have 120 fish in each of its four tanks and hopes to soon offer hand treatment as well.

One of the first customers was Keith Screaton, pictured here, who told "My work means that I'm on my feet all day, so it's incredibly relaxing to have this treatment."

"The fish just give a slight tickling sensation. I'll definitely do it again."

In addition to removing dead skin, the deep cleansing treatment also helps stimulate blood circulation and muscle relaxation.

Garra rufa are small tropical fish that live in the river basins of Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq.

The new spa is located at 16 Abingdon Street and is open on Mondays to Fridays from 11am-7pm, Saturdays from 9am-5pm and Sundays between 11am-3pm. For more, call 788822.

Pictured: Top, a lady's foot gets the fishy treatment while, above, Keith Screaton gives his verdict on the treatment. Staff members Charlotte Jeffrey, Luci Payne, Jemima Holding and Colette Pople are also shown

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