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“The results are very similar to a traditional pedicure, but clients love the novelty of this experience”

while they read, chat or check Facebook on the salon’s iPad. So, what’s it like to be exfoliated

by fish? After a quick spray with the foot cleanser, I gingerly lower my feet into the tank and the fish start an immediate feeding frenzy, which, much to my relief, isn’t piranha-like in any way, but a rather ticklish, gentle sucking sensation. Apparently, this enthusiastic response is no reflection on the state of my feet, but merely because the fish are always hungry for a dead skin snack. Although I couldn’t help anticipating a little nip or two, my feet remained unscathed and I soon started to relax and enjoy the treatment, and in the end, felt very reluctant to leave the cosy, peaceful enclave and get back to work. My feet felt wonderfully soft afterwards, and a tiny bit tender, just as they might after a session with a pumice stone, and a sample of moisturiser to take home afterwards prolonged the benefits too. The calming environment here has

made the experience a firm favourite for women who want a quiet retreat, and also for groups such as hen parties, birthday gifts and even ‘Pampered Princess’ parties for young girls, and there are a range of packages available with different themes, including ‘ladies

Garra Rufa fish, originally from Indonesia, have no teeth

who lunch’ and ‘mums-to-be.’ Tempting as it was to indulge in the

bubbly, as it was only 10am I settled for a cup of tea, but as any mother with a small child will know, opportunities to sit around doing nothing other than sipping a nice cuppa and flicking through womens’ magazines while getting your feet nibbled into shape for those summer sandals, are rarer than Garra Rufa fish teeth. WL

Your feet will feel wonderfully soft afterwards

Salon details

The fish pedicure, including homemade cake and champagne, fresh juice or hot drink, is £10 for an express 10-minute treatment, or £20 for up to half an hour if your skin is really dry. Packages are also available for groups, parties and other special occasions. The salon is always offering great deals so keep an eye on the website for news about the latest discounts.

Hairdressing by Jax 9 Sadler Street, Wells, BA5 2RR 01749 673774

Opening hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 9am – 5pm Thursday, 9am – 8pm Closed Sundays

Early morning, evening and Sunday appointments outside of normal hours may be available on request. Wells Life 41

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