It will take you to a new world of unprecedented beauty and healing! (per the sign)
A doctor fish pedicture, that is. (No, they don't paint your toenails. Unfortunately. I swear, I'll do it tonight! Tonight-ish.) Doctor fish, or garra rufa, are tiny fish native to Turkey that, depending on your source either eat dead skin or slough it off while rooting around for food.
Raj and I discovered a doctor fish booth nearby while looking for our neighborhood Thai restaurant. We also found this guy, which is really neither here nor there, but potentially amusing for you.
I mentioned the doctor fish thing to my friend Michelle, who was up for trying it with me. After our run this morning, we headed over. We found out that it didn't open for another half hour and went for iced berry tea. But THEN we forked over 500 Yen ($5.07) for the privilege of sticking our feet into a tub full of fish for five minutes.
Those fish didn't waste any time.
My feet were in pretty rough shape. When I'm home, I'm barefoot and if I'm out of the house, I'm either running or wearing flip flops. You know when your heels get so rough that socks kind of stick when you take them off? No? Your feet are as smooth and supple as the day you were born? Fine. It's just me.
But not anymore! I'm not even kidding, my feet are now so smooth that I'm a little bit concerned I'll end up with blisters the next time I run. Pretty impressive, considering those fish don't even have any teeth and only had five minutes to work.
My biggest concern was that it would tickle too much. It did, a little, around my arches and ankles. Mostly though it felt like tiny tingles. Maybe a little bit like when your foot falls asleep, but not as unpleasant. What it really reminded me of was my microcurrent machine.
See, I tend to clench my jaw during the day and grind my teeth at night. I got a bite guard for sleeping, but also did TruDenta treatment through my dentist in Pensacola. They gave me a TENS MicroII to keep and use 40 minutes a day. I stick electrodes on my jaw and traps and there's a sort of tingling sensation from the current. When I wear it while baking cookies, I look like this:
I sent him that at work. It's like I don't value his ability to concentrate on his patients. He's supposed to care about some Marine's knee pain when there are cookies baking in his very own house? I am an evil temptress.
With very smooth heels.