My book The Art of Indian Head Massage has been translated into Japanese. And to prove it, Reiko Tomino, second principle tutor atÂ The International Medical-Spa InstituteÂ (IMSI) in Tokyo is reading it in Starbucks!
On a recent visit to Tokyo, Reiko, who speaks excellent English, introduced me to several of her colleagues at IMSI and then kindly showed me around her school which is beautifully situated in a quiet road within Omotesando in the heart of Tokyo. I was immediately impressed by the calm and welcoming atmosphere of the school, and was pleased to see two classes in action. The smiles on the face of the students, who were learning facial massage, offered a clear indication that they were learning within a relaxed and happy environment.
Holistic Therapy Courses at IMSI
One of Reiko’s specialisms is Vietnamese massage which she has studied in depth in Vietnam. Reiko is the first person to bring Vietnamese Massage to Japan and we enjoyed a fascinating conversation about the many benefits of this simple therapy that uses small tools on specific points on the face and body. Reiko is dedicated to holistic therapy training and maintains a very high standard. The IMSI is acknowledged as the accredited training centre of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA) and in 2005 became the first overseas accredited training centre for the Association of Reflexologists (AoR).
The IMSI has a wonderful selection of holistic therapy courses on offer with many international lecturers visiting on a regular basis – it’s a website well worth checking out – and Reiko would welcome you at the school if you are in Tokyo. Japanese readers may be interested in Reiko’s regular blogÂ http://imsiblog.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/
Supporting the work of Cocoro
Reiki is also a keen supporter of Cocoro, the Japanese charity set up to provide aromatherapy for the victims of the tsunami, and will be hosting a seminar in June 2012 in which Takiko Ando, founder of the charity, will share the experiences of our work together in tsunami destroyed Rikuzentakata, our ‘Positive Touch for Children’ projectÂ and ways of continuing the work.