BARROWFORD: Burnley FC stars test Pendle’s first ‘fish spa’

Leader Times reporter Lauren Brown dips her feet into a tank full of tiny garra rufa fish at the Sweet Feet Fish Spa watched by Charlotte Wilkinson and Michelle Dorsett. A120211/1c
Leader Times reporter Lauren Brown dips her feet into a tank full of tiny garra rufa fish at the Sweet Feet Fish Spa watched by Charlotte Wilkinson and Michelle Dorsett. A120211/1c

THERE’S something fishy going on in Barrowford and to curb your curiosity you will have to dip your feet in and give it a go.

Pendle’s first dedicated fish spa has opened in Gisburn Road which sees people submerge their feet into tanks of 200 tiny Garra Rufa fish that gently get to work nibbling at the skin to reveal super soft feet.

Sweet Feet Fish Spa is already going down a treat - not just with the fish, but with scores of women, children and men who have already passed through the doors.

The fish gently suck away dead or flaky skin from the heels and soles of the feet in a quest for the ultimate natural pedicure.

But the unusual treatment is not all in the name of beauty and is said to offer other health benefits for conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, diabetes and insomnia.

Owner Michelle Dorsett, of Trawden, who together with business partner Susan Cox are the brains behind the spa said: “The sucking action stimulates acupressure points that boost circulation and help the body de-stress to encourage a restful sleep.”

The shop opened last month and has seen past and present Burnley FC players test the waters including Steve Davis, Ian Cox and ex-manager Stan Ternent.

The fish are part of the catfish family, originally found on the southern shores of Turkey, although the ones in Barrowford have been imported from Singapore.

Once feet are placed in the tank, the fish swarm around the toes and ankles and, although toothless, gnaw at hard skin with their suction like mouths.

Mrs Dorsett added: “We have had a really positive response from clients and people say they can really see a difference. Some people describe it as a pins and needles vibrating feeling.”

The salon offers treatments including taster and deluxe experiences and also caters for parties and pamper evenings.