Yesterday, I went on a Tsuboki 2 course to refresh my skills.  As we practised on each other with ridoki rollers, I was reminded just how unique they are and just what they contribute to Tsuboki face massage.

Ridoki rollers are made of stainless steel and have numerous raised points on them.  When used in Tsuboki, they are generally applied to the face before oil is added.  Initially, they feel very cool to the face and this has the action of drawing the blood to the surface.  As they are applied, the tissues of the face begin to warm up.

The rollers are applied with a degree of pressure except for the areas around the eyes.  Always, the pressure feels comfortable.  Some of the movements applied are long sweeping ones, others are short and repetitive for instance around the cheekbones and sides of the mouth, yet others are applied horizontally, vertically and diagonally.

As I was lying there whilst my partner was practising on me, I found the rhythmic movement of the rollers very soothing and almost hypnotic.  My face began to warm up and at the end, I felt that my face had had a real workout - and that was before any other massage stroke was applied!  We talked about the practice afterwards and agreed that the roller work, whilst only taking up about 5 minutes of the treatment, was a massage in itself.



 Later, I could still feel the warmth in my face from the roller work even though my skin did not show any redness.

There are many cosmetic rollers available.  Some of these are made of agate or jade and yet others have short needles to stimulate collagen production.  What I like about the rollers used in Tsuboki is that when used skilfully by the practitioner, they really feel as though they are not only doing something good for the face but contributing to that relaxation that is so typical of Tsuboki.