HOW SHALL I DESCRIBE IT?
The other day, I was walking down a street not far from my home. I saw a board outside a small, pretty shop advertising a range of treatments. I stopped to look and then went inside thinking this might be a place to leave some leaflets about Tsuboki face massage. I got into conversation with the owner and really liked the atmosphere of what in fact was a small hairdressing salon with 2 treatment rooms.
I found myself asking if she took on therapists for different treatments and if so, did she have any space available. She had never heard of Tsuboki like most people and we arranged that I would come and give her a treatment first so that she could get some idea of what it was, whether it was a therapy she would want to offer and therefore how to promote it to her clients. She herself is a very experienced beauty therapist and also gives holistic body treatments.
On the agreed day, I arrived and we went into one of the small treatment rooms off the main salon. As well as giving the treatment, I was wanting to see how it felt working there. It was a bit noisy for my liking; I could hear everything from the salon including the chatting of the 2 hairdressers waiting for their next clients. Despite that, I got on with the treatment and shut it out.
Because I was effectively giving a demonstration treatment, I included as many of the different techniques as I could; dry techniques, ridoki rollers, massage with oil, pressure point and meridian work and lymphatic drainage. At the end, my 'model' said she thought the treatment was amazing. She had been quite tense when I started and she was visibly relaxed at the end. In fact she said she wanted to sleep.
The question that arose for her though was how to describe it to potential clients and this is the problem with this treatment. It has many layers to it and therefore can affect a person in different ways both physically and mentally. There is also, as with all treatments, the interaction between the therapist's energy and that of the client the effects of which are always going to be unquantifiable.
For that reason, I think it is not a treatment to attempt to describe in any detail. It is much better for a person to experience it and decide for themselves how they would describe it. Oh and by the way, we both forgot about the sounds from outside the room.