It might all sound a little bit fishy but the Garra Ruffa or doctor fish as it is most frequently referred to is nature’s secret little weapon in the battle against dead skin. Garra Ruffa are toe-sized carp that originate from the Middle East and are found in waters of Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Iran. They are known most commonly as doctor fish and sometimes the nibble fish because of their unique talent of gently nibbling away dry skin, and they even offer a world of benefits for those who suffer from psoriasis and eczema.
Doctor fish have tremendous healing and aesthetic attributes. They gingerly remove rough skin from the feet of spa customers and also provide a rejuvenating effect. “It doesn’t hurt at all, and in fact many people describe it as receiving delicate kisses on the feet and toes,” said Nazley Mohamed, Director of Spa and Wellness. of the Anantara Spa and the Balance Wellness Centre at Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara. The Anantara Spa and the Balance Wellness Centre recently began offering this natural therapy and it has met with rave reviews from clients. It’s the first time it’s being offered in Qatar and is available exclusively at Anantara Spa and at the Balance Wellness Centre. Not surprisingly, it is already receiving tremendous buzz among regular and new clientele.
Originally, cosmetologists and spas used doctor fish mainly for the feet before realizing the wealth of restorative value that they offer the entire body. Their small mouths gently remove coarse skin from the surface of the epidermis and provide spa customers with a tranquil and relaxing experience. The fish also clean pores and act as a micro massage for the feet and legs, improving blood circulation and providing revitalization. Now spa visitors in Qatar are raving about this treatment. Most say the session is slightly ticklish at first, but the skin instantly becomes softer and smoother.
So how does it all work? Generally, spa customers are invited to place their feet and legs into a tub or tank filled with doctor fish and it doesn’t take very long for the fish to begin chewing away at the layers of dead skin on the legs and feet. For spa patrons, the doctor fish are a welcome alternative to the razors and the harsh foot files often used in pedicures to exfoliate the bottom of the feet. As a matter of routine, only 15 to 20 session is necessary to leave skin feeling invigorated and noticeably suppler. The Anantara Spa and the Balance Wellness Centre at Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, for example, offer a doctor fish inclusive treatment called Full Journey, which provides clients with a luxurious experience that includes 20 minutes of soaking the feet in the fish tank.
“We always strive to do something not only different, but to always provide our guests with the most relaxing and effective treatments available. We are delighted at the response we have been receiving and now our Full Journey package that includes the doctor fish, is one of our most requested spa menu offerings. Visitors tell us they leave feeling recharged and with skin that feels fresh and silky,” added Nazley Mohamed, Director of Spa and Wellness.
Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara’ feels a world away from bustling Doha but is only a 25 minute journey by luxury ferry from Al Shyoukh Terminal located in the city’s downtown area or a 10 minute helicopter ride directly from the airport with bird’s eye views of the spectacular coastline.
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