My feet are happy today

I paid RM18 to feed myself to the fish today!

Well….not my whole self…just my feet…. Yup that’s right, baby! … I visited the newly opened Happy Feet Fish Spa at New World Park today, and indulged in an errrmmm…relaxing session of foot therapy. When I heard that the fish spa was opening in Penang, I got all excited because ever since I read about Paris’s experience with the fish at Kenko Fish Spa, I had been yearning to experience it for myself. And now that a similar spa is available in Penang, I don’t need to wait till my next KL trip. I was curious to find out if the famous Garra Rufa fish or Doctor Fish would be able to give me smooth and glowing skin on my feet, and get rid of my calluses, dry skin and cracked heels. Quite a lot to ask of some tiny fish, eh?

But when I asked my hubby if he was interested, he proudly proclaimed that he did not have any dead skin on his feet… bah. So then I asked Susan if she wanted to take the opportunity of the special opening rate at the spa, and she was more than happy to 🙂 . Happy Feet Fish Spa was offering the 30 minutes session at a special rate of RM18 till June 18th (normal price is RM28 per half hour). The spa is located right next to Nyonya Cafe and looks just like a regular shop lot from the outside, but the interior was decorated with little rectangular ponds and square orange cushions were placed in rows beside the pond for customers to sit on.

After paying the RM18, we were ushered to the back of the shop, given a pair of straw slippers, and told to wash our feet with jet sprays of water. We were also given a mini towel (not even the size of a hand towel) to dry our feet before and after the session.

Then we started the *therapy*. The first few seconds were rather ticklish, I would say, but not as ticklish as a foot reflexology session which I don’t think I can endure. The Garra Rufa fish were rather shy at first, and only a few came to my feet. But then after a while, a host of them were going at it, nibbling and biting away the dead skin like nobody’s business. Shows how much dead skin I have on my feet eh?

I realized that if I kept my feet very still, more fish would come, and of course, I welcomed them all, because it made my money’s worth.

There were a few curious people who walked into the store and asked us what the experience was like, and one woman was squealing as she placed her feet into the water. Her daughter daren’t even put her feet in!

And even though we paid for 30 minutes’ worth, the lady manning the store was kind enough to give us an extra 5 minutes. Well, two pretty girls sitting near the door is definitely good publicity, is it not? 😆 In the end, she actually forgot about us, and we were still sitting there, enjoying the fish’s nibblings when it was already 45 minutes past, so we took the initiative and got out ourselves.

Truth be told, my feet did feel softer and suppler, though the cracked heels did not miraculously disappear. Dang! I suppose I should not have expected one session to do wonders huh? Surprisingly though, the skin on my feet did not shrivel up, despite the long period in the water.

Did I enjoy the therapy?  Most definitely YES.  Would I visit the spa again? Maybe… well for one thing, they should fix the air conditioning in the store, because it was out just now. And I might even consider revisiting if they do introduce a full body treatment next. And guys, I think Happy Feet Fish Spa is a really innovative idea for a date 🙂

And whoa…how hungry do you think these fish are anyways? Or rather…what a load of dead skin I have on my feet….look at those Garra Rufa fish, still nibbling away after 45 minutes!

This entry was posted in Relax & Celebrate. Bookmark the permalink.

24 Responses to My feet are happy today

  1. ehon says:

    hahahaha. my mum would have been more than happy if there’s one in kuching!! now im very curious to give it a try..

    The Giddy Tigress says: You ought to. I’m sure you’ll like it 🙂

  2. Jemima says:

    No piranah, I hope! 😛

    The Giddy Tigress says: Definitely not 🙂

  3. michelle says:

    Hahaha…how does it feels like, being fish food for the day.

    I really wonder, if someone had bad smelly feet, would the water be smelly. Poor fish.

    The Giddy Tigress says: We have to wash our feet first la – so I am assuming the person with smelly feet will have less smelly feet after the wash. And I don’t think the fish mind…they’ll probably avoid those feet then 🙂

  4. Chen says:

    Hehehe, i went there last Sunday too 🙂
    And the place was so crowded at that time, but I managed to secure a place although I didn’t made an appointment earlier on 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: Oh you did? How did you find the experience? Missed meeting you by a day la.

  5. wuching says:

    I’ll rub your feet for RM15

    The Giddy Tigress says: Wah…so desperate ah? 😆

  6. Joanne says:

    Hmm…must go and give myself a try. It sounds very fun and interesting huh! However, i missed out the promotion price 🙁 Better give a try before they raise the price again, hahaha!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, you should give it a try 🙂

  7. sasha says:

    they’re saying Yummy Dead Skin! Love to try it one day, but then now cannot la. jayden sure wanna jump in and play with the fish

    The Giddy Tigress says: I read a poster for this Happy Feet spa announcing that kids below 12 can use it for free!

  8. Hijackqueen says:

    Nowadays, they even have them in shopping complexes. Saw them once. Was tempted to try.

    *wuching, me! me!*

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, the shopping complex one is for those whose feet hurt after jalan-jalan…Wuching can probably get some business too, if he sets up a stall in the malls.

  9. LB says:

    Ooooooh… *imagines having lormaikai at the same time*

    The Giddy Tigress says: Oooh…one more month?

  10. parisb says:

    Whoa! look at those fishies go! 😀 At least they are cheaper than the ones in KL

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, they are..And thanks for the tips 🙂

  11. The one is KL is cheap too, I paid RM 18, the one next to Lot 10. But the fish were not as many as those! Or … maybe my feet were not that smelly!! LOL

    The Giddy Tigress says: Hey….now, it’s not the smell that attracts them la! It’s the dead skin!

  12. That looks very fun. 😀 Does it tickle? The way the fish making your feet their dinner.

    The Giddy Tigress says: It was initially ticklish, but once you get the hang of it, it’s rather relaxing.

  13. keeyit says:

    Not geli meh? Haha.. I remember I went to Langkawi and at the Pulau puyu right? got this kind of fish too..

    The Giddy Tigress says: Geli a bit only la….If I can tahan the geliness, anyone can.

  14. cc says:

    Interesting experience, though I think a simply pumice stone would do a better job. Hehe.

    The Giddy Tigress says: I have tried pumice stones, but the effect is not the same….it’s not as relaxing though….now where did I put that stone??!!

  15. Paik Ling says:

    I’m chicken sh*t. I wouldn’t do it for a million bucks!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Hey, why not??!!! It’s awesome la….come I take you!

  16. iamdoryfish says:

    Awwww, the promotion is over!! 🙁 rm18 is worth trying..but rm28…really need to consider.

    If the fishes are colourful, im sure fish spa will be more attractive, huh?

    The Giddy Tigress says: I think they all come in one color 😛

  17. kyh says:

    okie i’ll make sure i go with a date next time! 😛

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, you’d better!

  18. Fun ah! I feed my feet to the fish too. Feed one time only not enough.
    For faster result, still must go for pedicure. 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: Ooh, that is an excellent suggestion! I was commenting to my friend that we should have brought some foot lotion along to apply after the “treatment”.

  19. zara's mama says:

    Those little fishes look like little sperms aiming for the ovum.. Haha..


    The Giddy Tigress says: Oh my…now you have painted a whole new light to it!

  20. ha ha. what a catchy title today !!

    I saw these before but i thought it’d be painful. Its not painful meh? fishes eating your skin lidat?

    The Giddy Tigress says: It’s not painful at all la…trust me. And you should try it…. 🙂

  21. narrowband says:

    If it’s a full body thingy then the shop prbablly needs to change its name already. haha.

    Hmm, to get the most out of our bucks… Dont’ move? so that more fish would come.. true..

    And if there’re already people seated at that pool, don’t go join them because less people more share… Look for a vacant one so that more fish will come to u.

    And go early in the morning cos the fish probably take u as their breakfast. If u go at noon probably the fish also fulll already won’t nibble as much anymore. Hahah. Suddenly i’m so analytical. It’s a Chinese thing.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Wow….I should have consulted you before I went!

  22. wen says:

    it seems to be the IN thing!

    The Giddy Tigress says: It is, huh? Have you tried it?

  23. shireen says:

    I tried this fish spa too when I was 7 mths preggers. Nothing special, I still prefer my good old foot massage or full body massage!

    The Giddy Tigress says: But foot massages ticklish la…full body massages are the best!

  24. Pingback: Kaki Shopping » Rosken for cracked heels

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *