Meet Tanaka Michiko, a passionate masseuse!
Can you please introduce yourself ?
I am a Japanese grown up, curious by nature who comes from the north part of Japan (Akita prefecture). I am a full time masseuse, airbnb host, social freeboard, travel junkie and sake worshiper.
Where did you learn massage?
I started my career 5 years ago. In the first massage salon I worked, I was lucky to meet my boss who taught me intensively for months. I learned from her all the basics of oil treatments and philosophy of healing people. With time, I gained more techniques in the multiple salons I worked in such as manual therapeutics, Thai massage, facial/head massage based on aesthetic treatments. I also went to the south of India (Shangri-la) to improve my skills with intensive cleansing program.
Which kind of massages are you doing?
I believe that the use of different techniques can reach one's body achievement better. Just like hospitals based on western medicine cannot deal with all the diseases and dysfunctions, we need holistic/integrated medicine approaches. So my style is a combination of all the techniques I have learned so far: manual therapeutics, Thai massage, facial/head massage based on aesthetic treatments and Ayurveda.
Where do you find your inspiration?
With regards to treatment and wellness, I get strong inspiration from my senior therapists and teachers whom I respect a lot. And by learning through local daily life and how people follow their custom, I always grasp localized point of view as they keep their beauty and fulfilled mind.
What makes your massages different from other therapists?
One of my assets is being aware and understanding highest/lowest body conditions. Because of my liver condition since I gave birth, I had to be hospitalised several times and had to give up what I wanted to do sometimes. I have experienced how body loses power and the mind gets weaker, and vise versa. I understand how we recover gradually and fully charge again. Happy or not, most people who have the gift to have a 'healthy body' cannot feel it and can be ignorant how their body reacts in long span of life. And when they find out something is wrong with their body, it can be too late to heal.
What is the most important thing for you in massages?
There are many exhausted workers out there, and I feel for them. Those who work extra hours and ditch their holidays and private lifes are who I care the most about. I feel rewarded when I can help those busy salary men and workers.