We were greeted by a very lovely and smiling lady who offered us an absolutely delicious raspberry tea and answered our many questions very patiently - I learned that they also offered various esthetic services such as hairstyling, laser, lash extensions, spray tan, etc.
The spa has a separate room for the Docteur Fish pedicure with dim lighting, a TV and two beautiful color changing fish tanks, which call for a blissfull 30 minutes of relaxation. The lady who greeted us proceeded to disinfect our feet before allowing us to dip them in the tank, where it did not take long for the Garra Rufas to happily swarm to our toes!
We were warned that the first five minutes were the hardest, especially for ticklish people like me, but honestly, I was not able to relax at all because the sensation was too funny! It's a bit of a tingling sensation - I felt like my feet were asleep - but the worst was when the toothless fishes were eating the dead skin under my feet - I seriously had to struggle to keep my feet in the water because it was super ticklish!
While I thought the whole process was hilarious, my mother nearly fell asleep! The 30 minutes went by super quickly, and the smiling lady came back into the room to help us out of the tank, exfoliate our feet and then slather on some moisturizing lotion before allowing us to put our socks and boots back on.
I really enjoyed the experience, although I did not really get to relax, but when I came home, I rushed to touch my feet and they were seriously incredibly smooth, almost as much as a baby's bottom - I could not believe it!
I am still not sure what to think about fish pedicures though - some say there are absolutely no harm caused to the fishes because they could not be happier to be fed dead skin - as disgusting as it sounds - but on the other hand, since the Garra Rufas originate from Turkey, I wonder in which conditions they manage to make it to Canada... Also, this procedure has been banned in a few US states and some Canadian provinces because of health concerns - even though we have been told that the tanks were filtered 20 times a day, and they do a "backwash" after each customer.
Euphoria Espace Beauté
15 Chemin Grande-Côte, Suite 102
Saint-Eustache, QC, J7P 5L3
I am personally more concerned by the well-being of the fishes themselves, but I have not found any information regarding this from PETA or any other animal protection association. What do you think?