How This Spa Cleans Your Feet Is The Freakiest Thing...And It Could Make You Sick

FEBRUARY 13, 2016  —  By Mike Cahill  
Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill

Mike is ViralNova's resident Editor of the Weird. If it makes you say "OMG! That's terrible!!!" then Mike probably wrote it. Despite the subject of his articles Mike is surprisingly well adjusted. When he's not writing, he's making music, performing, and producing podcasts.

For most of us, it's simply a matter of time until the stress of life drives us to the spa. Don't laugh! More people do it regularly than you might think.

But while you're relaxing and having fun, just make sure that you understand the inherent risks of participating in certain spa treatments. I'm specifically talking about the exotic (and occasionally dangerous) things that go on in "fish spas."

No, a fish spa is not a spa for fish. It's a little weirder than that.

No, a fish spa is not a spa for fish. It's a little weirder than that.

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The treatment basically involves you putting your feet into a tank filled with harmless garra rufa fish. The fish then nibble away at the dead skin on your feet. For a lot of people, it's a very relaxing experience, but there are some risks involved.

The treatment basically involves you putting your feet into a tank filled with harmless garra rufa fish. The fish then nibble away at the dead skin on your feet. For a lot of people, it's a very relaxing experience, but there are some risks involved.

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Many of these spas fail to keep the water in their tanks clean enough.

Many of these spas fail to keep the water in their tanks clean enough.

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And if they're not keeping the water clean, infectious diseases can be transmitted from one patron to the next.

And if they're not keeping the water clean, infectious diseases can be transmitted from one patron to the next.

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If you're okay with those risks, that's totally fine. Just don't say we didn't warn you!

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(via Bangkok Post)

I can certainly see how some people would find a fish spa relaxing. Personally, I'm way too ticklish to even consider it.

 

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