Typically, Japanese Bodywork consists of three parts.
The first segment is the intake. I usually spend fifteen minutes chatting with you (thirty minutes for your first session) to figure out the cause of your recent condition and to review your medical history. I often observe your posture and muscular condition at the same time.
The second part is the actual treatment. I work best when it is a combination of acupuncture and massage. Acupuncture and massage work great together to release any muscular tension, alleviate joint and nerve pains. In many cases, including acupuncture yields far more effective pain relief than massage alone simply because I can reach deeper structures of the body.
On a treatment table, I observe the quality of your pulse, look at the tongue color and tongue coating, and palpate the body to pinpoint the structural imbalance in your body. Based on the information gathered in the intake and on the treatment table, I locate the target structure (muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, soft tissues, nerves, or organs) and target acupuncture meridians.
I have two major types of clientele: the ones that are in tune with acupuncture and the ones that are comforted by massage. For this reason, I tailor my treatment based on your needs.
If you like energy work, acupuncture and massage combination is strongly recommended. Acupuncture session immediately puts you in a meditative state due to the release of endorphine. It is relaxing, and it is an effective way to alleviate pain and treat the root cause (most pains are caused by organ imbalance). After the acupuncture session, I give massage to the target structures and perform stretching on the table.
About half of my clients come in for massage alone. Comforting touch re-educates the muscles and soft tissues what they are supposed to feel like, and the physical comfort leads to mental comfort that breaks the vicious cycle that the nervous system and the brain are causing. The massage session usually starts with opening up meridians, then I move on to working on target structures with deep tissue work and trigger point release. Organ imbalance is also addressed in a massage session through manually working on acupuncture meridians. At the end of the treatment, stretching is performed to ensure smooth movement of the joints and soft tissue.
The final portion of the session is an instruction of Japanese style stretching regimen called Seitai. It is a widely practiced method of re-educating posture and spinal integrity in Japan. Most of the exercises only take a few minutes to do, but they are very powerful.
Additionally, herbal products might be recommended to treat damage or imbalance of organs. Our ancestors invented herbal formulas for literally everything.