LYNN Davdath of Mahalo Spa is internationally qualified and possesses vast experience in her field.Davdath spent five years working on cruise ships, managing beauty spas on-board the ships.Mahalo Spa opened in April this year, and Davdath is now introducing the public to a new treatment: Garra Fish Therapy — the first of its kind on the North Coast. WHERE DID GARRA RUFA ORIGINATE? The Garra Rufa ?sh, commonly referred to as “doctor ?sh”, originated in the river basins of the Northern and Central Middle East, mainly in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. Garra Rufa is found in a range of different lotic (moving water) habitats such as rivers, lakes, and small muddy streams. The Garra Rufa traditionally provide a massage in warm water that rids the skin of its scales. The natives of Turkey have used, and are still using, the Garra Rufa ?sh to cure skin diseases as well as refresh their skin for more than 200 years. It was in Turkey that the phenomenon of the “Fish Spa” was born, according to local history, in the Sivas province. DO THE GARRA RUFA SPREAD INFECTION/DISEASE?Garra Rufa ?sh therapy is said to stimulate blood?ow and improve circulation, remove bacteria, reduce foot odour, and help with athlete’s foot.The risk of infection associated with Garra Rufa ?sh pedicures is likely to be very low, according to experts from the Health Protection Agency. The HPA is currently unaware of any cases of infection associated with the use of the ?sh spa pedicures.WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS, AND HOW DOES IT WORK?The Garra Rufa eat only your dead skin. You will see a difference in only one treatment. It helps for skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema and stimulates blood circulation. These ?sh can also stimulate acupuncture points, which help in regulating the nervous system; improve skin regeneration; and remove bacteria and reduce foot odour. The feeling of the ?sh nibbling your skin is pleasant and relaxing.This fish is famous for its ability to eat dead or diseased human skin. They don’t have teeth so whilst calluses and other stubborn ailments are gnawed at, healthy skin is left untouched. Garra Rufa is used in many countries as a therapeutic beauty treatment and also as treatment for skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema (as well as diabetes by promoting blood ?ow).The ?sh secrete an enzyme called “Dithranol/Anthralin” each time that it is in contact with human skin. This enzyme improves skin regeneration!A ?sh pedicure is a treatment that uses dozens of tiny ?sh to nibble away dead and hardened skin from the feet. Feet are cleansed to remove any oils, lotions and perfumed scents, which could be harmful to the ?sh. Your feet are then immersed into the tank ?lled with Garra Rufa fish. You end off your therapy with a relaxing massage.