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Aromatherapy, Massage, Shiatsu

Japan With Kids - Forums: Health Topics: Aromatherapy, Massage, Shiatsu
By zuray on Thursday, March 29, 2001 - 7:19 pm:

I have a friend moving to Japan and she is interested in being able to study Shiatsu, accupressure, and other massage techniques. The training would need to be done in English as she will have limited Japanese capability (if any). I would appreciate it if anyone has any ideas on where we might check.

By Karen on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 - 8:17 pm:

A Japanese lady called Masako Takami who works from her own premises in Nishi Azabu. She is an aromatherapist but also does reflexology and I had a massage with her a couple of weeks ago and it was very good. Her massage is firm and strong but very relaxing - she also speaks good English. She charges 8,000 - the same as moi. Her phone number is: 03-5766-6378 - she will also work late as well.

In November she will also be opening a Franchise of my sister in law's aromatherapy school currently based in Hong Kong (Asia Pacific Aromatherapy). The school will be in Nishi Azabu. The diploma awarded at the end of the course (full time is 6 months, and part time is 12 months I believe) will be internationally recognised. If anyone is interested in details of the course please let me know and I can pass your details to Masako and when the prospectus is ready she can send you a copy.

Fragrant regards! Karen

By Et al. on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 - 10:11 pm:

> where can i go for a massage in tokyo while karen is away?
try Annette Mulley, her number's 090 9959-0867. She's good -- very relaxing -- and relatively inexpensive.

I'm not sure whether I want to give up my favorite massage place because they aren't usually too busy and I can always get an appointment. But here you go, Sucrose in Bunkyo-ku, near Tokyo Dome does 60 minutes of shiatsu for 5300 yen.

Mizuno-san has an excellent touch but he speaks no English.
Fortunately we don't have to talk too much and he doesn't seem to mind when I struggle to find the right words. There are two women working there, too, but I've never tried them.

Sucrose is open until 8 pm and on weekends. Tel: 03-3813-2872.
Prince Hotel in Roppongi has a massage room in house and you can get 30 minutes or 60 minutes. You do not have to be a guest at the hotel. I'm not sure what the hours are though.
Tel: 03-3587-1111
I think a lot of the big hotels may have something similar.

By Cornelia on Thursday, December 27, 2001 - 7:46 pm:

I had a hard time finding a decent selection of essential oils and thought maybe some others of you may have had the same problem. I started with the Body Shop which had only about 8 to choose from. Then I went to the Tokyu Hands in Shibuya (4th floor) and found a bigger selection but still not very comprehensive. A staff person there told me about a store in Harajuku (the name translates into "Tree of Life" but I don't remember what he called it in Japanese, only that it ended in "ki"). I haven't had a reason to go to Harajuku in ages anyway.

Today I got lucky. I tried the Queensway reflexology place in Hibiya (which does foot massages and sells a couple of herbal essences) with no luck, BUT the lady there pointed me to the Hankyu Department Store third floor right as you get off the escalator! (This is the building that has GAP and Kid's GAP on the ground floor and in the basement.) They have a really comprehensive selection of oils and also different brands. I finally found what I had been looking for!

The store's name is Karisuseijo (Charis) and it's a chain. They sell herbs and pot-pourri as well.

Here are a few of their branches:
Ginza Sukiyabashi Hankyu Department Store tel/fax: 03-3575-2138
Setagaya 03-3483-1960
Shinjuku 8th floor 03-3352-5996
Hatsudai 03-5353-0346
Ikebukuro 03-5950-8150
Osaka Umeda Hankyu Department Store 06-6366-2216
There are a bunch more on their card, but I can't read the kanjis.

By the way the website for the Reflexology Association of Japan (RAJA) is

By anna on Monday, November 22, 2004 - 5:35 pm:

Hi, I am Aromatherapist here in Tokyo. I do home service massage for women only. My massage is very relaxing and it takes 1hour full body for 5000yen only.
You can email me at for appointment.

By Hiroko Yanagida on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - 1:50 pm:

I am U.S.Licenced massage therapist, bilingual. I have 18 years of experience treating neck injury from automobile accidents or sports injuries. Post surgical conditions; Effective for muscular tension, pain caused by stress, exercise or injury. e-mail address:

By fion on Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 11:24 pm:

Hi,I wish to find out where to go for post-natal massage at a reasonable price.
Not sure if the Japanese beauty therapy palours provide post-natal massage similar to traditional Indonesian massage which involves the use of a massage oil applied to the stomach and a tummy wrap (bengkung), essentially a cotton cloth of several metres. The bengkung is used to wrap the body so as to push up the uterus, clear water retention, wind, spasm, shrinks the tummy and helps to reduce weight.
Thank you & best regards

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