My recent visit to the Manila Ocean Park with the Tuscano Family last 11 April 2015 made me experience a very different kind of relaxation. It was something that wrung the child-like mirth out of me and the rest of those who were with me on that day.
The very first time I visited the park, I was only able to check the oceanarium (“Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”). This time around, I, Ms. Wonderwall, and the Tuscanos availed of the promo ticket that included several deals. Fish Spa is one of them.
This kind of service has been in operation for a few years now and is guaranteed to bring your pampering to a whole new level. Imagine a relaxing time while the dead skin of your toes are being gormandized by hungry-piranha-like fishes. That is exactly how the spa works. A bit scary in pictures but once you dip your feet in the pool, the reason behind the irony is unfolded. There is quite a challenge though before we were able to get ourselves settled: grappling with the tingling sensation as soon as the fishes start nibbling on our toes and legs.
When I put my feet in the pool, smaller fishes were the ones that came swimming and swarming over. It felt really weird at first. I was shaking but tried hard to drown my feet. It was a relief that I noticed the kids and adults around showing the same reactions.
After a few minutes of letting the fishes feast on their food, the discomfort in the muscles of my feet and calves (which I got from waiting in queue for almost 30 minutes and strolling through the Birds of Prey Kingdom) dissipated. It then felt as if my feet have instantly developed countless acupuncture sites, like they suddenly have various nerve endings.
A piece of unsolicited advice: It is okay to twitch your feet, hips, or body if you cannot stand the tingle these hungry-piranha-like fishes give. Do not fight it. Let the sensation take over.
The 20-minute experience really left a mark on me, which is why I made it as the first of my Manila Ocean Park Adventure Series. It was truly a rejuvenating experience. It was indeed a good, gentle massage. It was beyond question a totally different spa service. The wandering feet ‘s very photo below can attest to that.
The tiny fishes responsible for this unique treat comprise three different species (Doctorfishen, Kangal Fish, and Nibble Fish). These fishes are found in the rivers running through the Middle East, Turkey, and the country who adores the Philippine seas, China.
I recently read an interesting factoid about one of the species (i.e., Kanga Fish). A common way to treat psoriasis in Turkey is by bathing in a spring, with 37 degrees Celsius heat, while Kangal fish nibble the infected parts of the skin. The catch is, this kind of treatment has to go on for 21 days in order to get a positive result.
I actually thought there is only one fish spa in the country. I was surprised to learn about ten other upon looking for some references on the internet: Tibiao Health Resort, Calawag, Tibiao, Antique; Tibiao Fish Spa , SM City, Pampanga; Tibiao Fish Spa, SM City, Iloilo; Tibiao Fish Spa , SM City, General Santos; Fish Spa, SM City, North EDSA, Quezon City; Star City, Manila; Dat’s Pet Shop, Fish Foot Spa, Baguio City; All About Fish, Tagaytay Picnic Grove, Tagaytay; Ernest &Cath Nails & Spa, Marikina City; and Soulstice Spa, Greenhills Town Center, Granada Street, Quezon City.
So what are you waiting for?
Go to Manila Ocean Park and buy a ticket for only 120 pesos and go straight to its top floor in the main building. Click here for directions. Do not forget to inform the cashier and gatekeepers that you are to go directly to the Fish Spa if you want to shrink from paying the entrance fee.
If the Manila Ocean Park is far from your place, just choose among the above-mentioned spas near your area.
Manila Ocean Park: On Meeting Doctor Fish (travelwishlists.com)
Manila Ocean Park – Shoot First Eat Later (shootfirsteatlater.com)
Fish Spa at Manila Ocean Park (animetricsworld.blogspot.com)
Manila Ocean Park Promo 2015 (philippinestravelhub.com)
Manila Ocean Park (mommykay.com)
Hotel H2O Manila Ocean Park Weekend (jaysantos.ph)
my manila ocean park trip & 2015 summer promo (allaboutjamesepp.com)
The 3 Best Fish Spa in Manila (makeitmanila.com)
Manila Ocean Park visitors enjoy the fish foot spa (gmanetwork.com)
Manila Ocean Park: The Underwater World (vigattintourism.com)
Manila Ocean Park. SEAL-ed with a Kiss! (sugargospice.com)