One of the best kept secrets of nature is the doctor fish. Ichthyotherapy is a natural peeling process for which the peculiar doctor fish or Garra rufa is used. These fish love eating impurities and dead cells that are found in our skin and ichtyotherapy uses this amazing quality to treat and embellish the skin. It is a sort of fun pedicure that is amazingly effective.
The main attribute of the doctor fish is that they have no teeth, so they are very gentle with any type of skin. In addition, the Garra rufa secrete a healing substance while they eat. It is an enzyme called dithranol that is actually used in cosmetics for rejuvenating creams and for treating psoriasis. This enzyme has a reviving effect for the new skin, leaving it smooth and soft.
When the doctor fish are “working”, they give a slight tingling feeling very similar to that of a water jet, providing a delicious micro-massage that is also relaxing and pleasant.
In Punta Cana there is one tour where you can enjoy the unique experience of getting a pedicure from the doctor fish! Ocean Spa is a relaxing excursion that is actually called that way because it is a spa in the ocean! This natural peeling therapy is only one of the many experiences you can enjoy on board this moving spa. You can also receive Pilates lessons from a specialized instructor and delight in a relaxing massage. All of this while you sail through the crystal-clear waters of Punta Cana and savor yummy snacks and salads along with a glass of white wine.
Contact your Amstar rep or give us a call to book this tour! Meanwhile, here’s a video about the tour:
Featured photo by Simon Wicks.