Saturday, June 28, 2008

Kissing Fish Therapy - Spa With the Strikers & Lickers

By Joey Lee

Imagine yourself floating in a wonderfully warm spa of 35 degrees at a hot spring resort. Then imagine yourself being nibbled & gnawed by hundreds of tiny garra aka kissing fish. And imagine emerging from the spa totally refreshed with glowing skin... The magic?

The Kissing Fish of course! There are endearing terms for these kissing fish the Strikers (cyprinion macrostomus) and Lickers (garra rufa). And this amazing alternative healing process begins when these strikers and lickers starts feeding on the flaking skin which are actually a buildup of dead skin cells which appears on any skin surface, though the knees, elbows, scalp, and trunk are the most common locations. The feeling is something between hundreds of tweezers and tiny suction cups gently pecking at your skin. Couple this with the warm circulation of the hot spring spa, and you get rejuvenated glowing skin!

It is said that repeated course of treatment over a 21 day period for more serious cases of skin disorders such as Psoriasis and Dermatitis.

Traditionally, such treatments are sought after by patients with skin disorders like Psoriasis which is a persistent and chronic skin disease which has a tendency to be genetically inherited. Red rashes appear on the surface of the skin and begin to itch. These areas form plaques over the reddened lesions. It is characterized by raised, inflamed (red) lesions covered with a silvery white scale. The scale is actually a buildup of dead skin cells. The technical name for plaque psoriasis is psoriasis vulgaris (vulgaris means common). Plaque psoriasis may appear on any skin surface, though the knees, elbows, scalp, and trunk are the most common locations.

The next wave of alternative healing for skin disorders seemed to have started on a big bang. Kissing Fish Therapy converts, be them patients or wellness seekers have heeled the globe searching for the perfect Kissing Fish Therapy Spa with hot spring spas in Japan, South Korea, China and Europe being the most popular. In Singapore, fish farms and off-island sanctuaries are fast catching on to this alternative healing. Service providers are rushing to serve up attractive therapeutic Spas in hot springs, be it deep in the mountains or by the sea. Enthusiasts often treat these as exclusive therapeutic getaways from the stress of work.

So, Take a break, go spa with the fishes!

* Note : Patients with open wounds and weak immune systems are not encouraged to pursue this alternative approach in view of possible bacterial infections

Joey Lee is a life & personal development coach and business management consultant with 17 years of experience in local & multi-national financial institutions and consultancy firms. She pursues alternative healing & living as well as astrology in her leisure. Visit her at, a site which she is author & co-owner providing latest trends in alternative living & innovative ideas for potential businesses.

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