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Published January 4th 2013
Let the Doctor Fish exfoliate your feet
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Dr Fish nibbling dead toe skin - ahhh


Tired feet? Love your pedicures? Then it's time to visit the "Doctor Fish" for some "Fish Therapy". These little Garra Rufa fish just can't wait to eat your dead skin. You better believe it. Strange but true, and not a bad way to spend a super relaxing afternoon in Ubud.

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Tank full of nibbling Doctor Fish


My daughter would not let us walk past Cafe Kendi without trying their "Fish Spa" (wierd kid). We succumbed to curiosity and I'm so glad we did. We spent the next few hours sipping fresh juices overlooking Ubud's rice paddies while the Doctor Fish and later the amazing reflexologist pampered our weary toes. Spoiled huh? But what did it actually feel like? Well, we giggled and they nibbled because it was very ticklish being attacked by hundreds of gummy miniature piranhas. Afterwards, our skin felt smooth and rather tingly, as the Garra Rufa fish stimulate the blood circulation in a way similar to acupuncture.

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Cafe Kendi's super clean Fish Spa


Doctor Fish (also known as "Nibble Fish" and "Physio fish") are native to the towns of Sivas and Kangal in Turkey, where they are well known for treating troubling skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. I have spotted some negative reports of other fish spas, so it might be worth taking a good look at the establishment before you brave the waters. If the tank looks at all cloudy, I would walk away pretty quickly. Generally, Fish Spas are a deeply cleansing, regenerative therapy which I recommend, especially at Cafe Kendi. They serve healthy Balinese cuisine, including organic wheatgrass juices, Kombucha Tea, and fantastic smoothies.

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Chair in Cafe Kendi
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Why? Be nibbled by hundreds of tiny fish
When: Daily - 8 am - late
Phone: 62361972528
Where: Cafe Kendi, No. 45, Jl. Bisma, Ubud
Cost: 50 000Rp 1/2 hour fish spa
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