Hygiene and the well-being of the customers and the fishes



The highest priority at Lakana Thaimassage is the hygiene. Our basins are getting cleaned constantly. The technology of our basins is really complex for the well-being of our clients. Our basins are filtering the water every 60 min 9 times and a UV maschine and a ozonisatator are killing 99% of the germs. That is not only important for our customers but also for our fishes. We do not think you have to sign a document in public swimming pools to declare that you are free of any skin diseases. It is also neccessary that all customers are washing their feet before using the fish spa. Our fishes have to work 4 times a maximum with a total duration of 2 hours per day. There must be a break of 1 hour between the treatments so the water can be filtered 9 times. Our clients do not have to worry that our water is dirty. They could actually drin kit.

Additionally the fish vet is coming around once a month to check on the health and the well-being of our fishes.

We are educted and have a certificate in the area of fresh water fishkeeping paragraph 11. You are just allowed to have a fish spa if you are having this certificate after an examen at the VDA or BNA. The examen is including knowledge of fresh water fishes, fresh water basins, basin techniques and rules of animal protection.

Name: Garra Rufa / Cyprinion macrostomus (lat.), doctor fish, cangal fish

Size: up to 14 cm

Life expectation: up to 7 years
Living space: nutrient-poor, slightly alkaline
Climate: 15 – 37 degrees celsius, optimal keeping at 28/32 degrees celsius

Origin: Jordan, Eurasia, Rivers in Southern Turkey, North Syria

The Garra Rufa is mostly called doctor fish by mistake.  This name was given to him as it was proved that he could relieve ailment in combination with a light therapy. At his origin he is living in swarms in nutrient-poor waters (thermal springs) where the average water temperature is around 35 degreees celsius. Most of the time he is eating small alga as it is really hard for other plants to grow in this warm waters. 200 years ago the people who lived around that area have taken baths in the thermal springs to relax and recognized the fishes came tot hem without any fear. They also recognized that the fishes started to nibbel on their skin and they liked it. As some of them noticed that the structure of their skin was getting better, more and more people came to participate in this wellness treatment. A lot of them reported that their skin ailments, such as neurodermatitis and  psoriasis was getting better.

Our fishes get feeded additional every day. They are feeded with plant food, and also food tablets with high spirulina part and fresh vegetables. We are not letting the fishes suffer from hunger so that they dash at your feet. Every Garra Rufa has a will on it’s own and can decide whether he likes to nibble or not.

The fishes are kept appropriate to their species so that they can feel comfortable. We are using bigger basins then regulated by law. That is why our basins can hold more fishes than usual and the pedicure is more effective than in other fish spas. It is not stressing the fishes if you are putting your feet slowly into the water. The nibbeling is comparable to a delicacy and totally natural for them. As the dead skin is pure proteins and so it is like a protein shake for them.

Every new customer has declare, before using the fish spa, that he or she does not suffer from any perticular diseases. Children and teens under 16 years old have to be given consent by their legal guardian who also have to sign the document for them. If diseases or injuries are appearing in the shop you are unfortunately not able to use the fish spa but you are very welcomed to use one of our treatments. Your are just allowed to use the fish spa with healthy feet. Every foot will be checked in advanced before cleaning and desinfecting. We are not offering any treatments for diseases, such as neurodermatitis, psoriasis, open wounds and fungus diseases.

Disease patterns which are not able to participate:

  • Athlete’s foot, nail fungus and all other fungus diseases
  • Psoriasis
  • Open wounds at the feet
  • Warts and Clavus

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