Friday, 27 May 2011

Fish Therapy at Aqua Sheko, Soho

Aqua Sheko Salon Soho

Fish therapy is the trendy treatment that has taken London’s beauty scene by storm.  You submerge your feet, hands, or even your whole body in water and tiny little Garra Rufa fish do their work to nibble away your dead skin, leaving behind smooth, healthy and glowing skin.  I visited the Aqua Sheko salon in Soho to see what all the fuss was about.

I arrived slightly early for my 4pm appointment and was relieved to enter the cool, dark interior of the salon after spending the day walking around Camden Town and Regent’s Canal.  I was lead downstairs into the salon where my feet were sanitised and cleansed in preparation for the treatment.  I then took a seat in a comfortable chair and put my feet into the tank.

Fish Therapy at Aqua Sheko Salon Soho London

The first thing that I felt was a light pressure as scores of tiny little fish rushed to my feet.  It feels like little fingertips applying about 10% pressure.  After the initial surprise (and a couple of giggles from me), I sat back in my chair and simply relaxed, enjoying a complimentary green tea.  The ambience of Aqua Sheko is relaxing and soothing with low lighting and pleasing music.  After a day of touring and shopping, I felt the fatigue just melt away and was happy to be left alone with just the fish and my own thoughts.

It seemed as though the fish therapy went on for ages but in reality, it was just 25 minutes.  At the end of the session, my feet were dried off and I was offered a choice of either a foot massage or a back, neck and shoulder massage.  I chose the latter and was lead through to a separate area with comfortable, kneeling massage chairs.

The massage was 20 minutes of utter bliss and again, it felt like it went on for much longer than that.  In that time, my back, neck, shoulders, arms, hands and scalp were massaged and I was left feeling utterly calm and relaxed.  In the four years that I have lived in London, I have searched for the perfect back massage as I suffer from recurrent pain and I have to admit, this is the best that I have found in central London.

Aqua Sheko Salon London

As I left the salon that afternoon, I felt revitalised, relaxed and rejuvenated.  The salon is perfectly located in central London and this is certainly an experience I would repeat in the future.  I most appreciated the comfortable chairs and muted lighting in the salon as I had seen photos of other salon experiences where patrons sat on benches in brightly lit areas.

I enjoyed a Deluxe pampering session which included 25 minutes of fish therapy and 20 minutes of massage.  The session is valued at £45 but there are various packages available ranging from just £17 to £60.

Visit the Aqua Sheko website or visit the salon at 29 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 5LG.  Reservations can be made by phone on 020 7734 8977 or

Thank you very much to the Aqua Sheko salon for inviting me to try out their facilities!

Article first published as Salon Review: Fish Therapy at Aqua Sheko, Soho, London on Blogcritics.



  1. Awesome! I've been meaning to ask you how it went and I kept forgetting. So glad you enjoyed it. And now I must consider going considering they do shoulder massages! I would love one right about now.

  2. I am sooo behind in my beauty news! I've not heard of this treatment. I loved your description, and started to feel a bit more relaxed just reading it - though I do wonder how ticklish it is!

    Did you love how your feel felt afterward!?

    Great adventure, thanks for brining it to us!

  3. I've been wanting to try fish therapy for a while now, so I'm glad I got to read about your experience!
    I'm pretty ticklish and just wasn't sure how it would feel. But now I think I'm gonna go ahead and book a treatment for myself :)

  4. I just heard about this - how cool! I want to try

  5. i had never heard of this treatment before.

    amazing! thanks for sharing this.

    hope you're having a great day!

    betty xx

  6. When I was in London a month ago, friends had two coupons for a similar place in Camden town - I think the deal was £9 for half an hour (regular prices were much higher).
    It was cheaper compared to your experience but the place didn't look so good.

  7. I'm sorry but i can't help feeling sorry for the fish. Plain tanks - no environment.

  8. Hi Emm! Sorry for the absence, but the season has been too busy here in Lisbon...

    It looks great, but paying to be eaten by fish... Fortunately there were no sharks in the tank... ;)) (just kidding...)

    Blogtrotter Two is gone to Corsica... Enjoy and have a superb weekend!!

  9. Oh, do not think I will try..never heard about this. Maybe I like to take pictures of them:-)

  10. its everywhere in asia but in singapore they band it due to (probably really happened) that the fish or water transmit disease of the person before you kinda thingy. singapore is really strict when it comes to this, i remembered they ban one model of the ericson phone because the wave or something was too high and it endanger your brain while using it.

  11. Who would have ever thought that sticking your feet into a tank full of fish would be good for you!

    When I was there not so long ago, I found it a fun experience. And the back massage was good, but I personally prefer it on a on a massage table than a massage chair.

  12. The back massage does it more for me than the fish. When I worked in London, we had a weekly free massage in a massage chair moved around the office. Imagine marrying a masseur - what heaven.

  13. Wow, I'm not sure I would like little fishies swimming around my feet. I do like the dark ambience and the relaxing glow of the tanks.

  14. This is ridiculous you feedtheir fish but you have to pay them money?! Ha ha!

    I would like to have a full body experience though, including my face! ;)

  15. This fish therapy looks very tempting to me, and I've not tried anything close to this must be very ticklish.

  16. @ Mujerboricua: It was fab and just what I needed to relax on that day!

    @ Marion: I did feel great afterwards although I have to admit, I could not wait to shower when I got home.

    @ Steph: Do book! I’d definitely recommend it, although… the massage was probably the best part about the experience.

    @ Brenna: You should!!

    @ Betty: It is my pleasure.

    @ Travel Photo Blogging: Yes, I saw the place at Camden Market (don’t know if that was the place you went to) but it looked uninspiring and boring!

    @ Wissy: You are right, of course.

    @ Trotter: Your Corsica photos were fab!

    @ Spiderdama: I actually wouldn’t mind trying this in nature, perhaps in the lakes in Croatia.

    @ Lily: There has been some controversy in the past about people not cleaning their tanks properly and you have to make sure you are going to a reputable place that is cleaning out their tanks properly. They hire people to do it for them.

    @ William: I think this might have been my first massage in a chair and I enjoyed it but yes, I enjoy lying down at the normal place I go to. I like it when they have a proper plinth too, with a space for your face.

    @ Pierre: Merci Pierre.

    @ Wendy: Hmmm. We so need someone to do that here in our office.

    @ AVC8teur: Heh, it took some getting used to but I enjoyed it in the end!

    @ London Caller: Not sure about the face but yes, I would have liked an all-over experience too.

    @ Life Ramblings: It was at first, but it calmed down!


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