Okay, today I did a freaky thing! Dipped my legs into a fish tank with hundreds of hungry-looking finger long fishes. Freaked out, duh, Yeah, big time!
I had gone to eat Rajdhani Thali today. Confession: I hogged!
Okay, moving on to Fish Spa.
This is a new trend in India. In malls, there are these little 10 ft X 5 ft rooms, where there is a little fish tank in the floor, with no top, and hundreds of fishes called Doctor fishes swimming in it. They wash your feet with water first, wipe them, check if there are any cuts or bruises or rashes. Wipe your feet with a clean towel. Then these girls, convince you that its okay to dip your feet in.
I first went to check it out earlier before my Lunch. It seemed okay to look at feet of another girl covered with hundreds of fishes. So I thought I could do that.
I came back got my feet prepared and then pulled up my pants over a bit and then I froze. I just could not get myself to put my feet in the tank. As I was looking in the tank, all the fishes gathered together in a big bunch right below my feet. If I moved my feet to the right, they would move to the right, if I moved them to the left, they would move to the left. They were hovering over the water surface, ready to attack my poor little feet!!!
I was sweating from my head to toe. I was nervous.
After a couple minutes, I decided, time to be brave, what can the little fishes do? (The girls promised me they don’t have teeth, so biting was out of question). I thought, let me just dip my heels in the tank and see how it goes.
I slowly started to lower my heels in the water, and WHOA!!!!!!!!!!!!
I screamed, and the passerbys stopped to look through the glass wall. I was screaming, but again, I didnt want to freak the fishes out, so I was trying to stop myself, but it was hard. I had taken the 15 minute package (you dip your feet for 15 minutes, and then one of the girls, wipes your feet, and massages your legs for a couple minutes with lotion).
15 minutes felt like a lifetime (not human lifetime, but more like a fish’s lifetime).
It took me a couple minutes to dip my feet entirely in the water. The girls said, it feels like vibrations, somebody else had said, they felt ticklish, somebody said, it felt like a massage.
I felt like, I was getting countless little electric shocks. Not in a bad way, but in a good way. And sometimes it felt like the fishes are trying to pull your feet in slowly.
Weird experience. But definitely worth trying once. I don’t know if this fish spa made my feet soft and that I would go back… but it was quite entertaining (especially for others who were watching)