Cosmetic Shiatsu was created by Ronald Riksen, a Zen-Shiatsu therapist from the Netherlands. The official Dutch name of this modality is Shiatsu Kosmetiek or Cosmetische Shiatsu, and as the name suggests already it’s (partially) based on Japanese Shiatsu techniques. This facial massage treatment is notably taught and applied in the spa, beauty, and skin care industry.
Shiatsu Cosmetology is a massage methodology in which skin care is central, and where “beauty inside and out” is the goal. It’s a holistic modality that uses Japanese, Chinese and Western techniques, additionally containing elements of aromatherapy and nutrition, and a different way of perceiving the skin, both tactile and visual.
One doesn’t only look at the symptoms of skin problems, but also at the underlying causes. The concept is that these are typically caused by an imbalance of inner harmony, notably a dysfunction of internal organs. The idea is that one doesn’t only work on the skin, but also from inside by using acupressure on so-called meridians.
This Eastern approach is rather different from a Western style of working which generally focuses more on a superficial treatment of the skin, that is, rather suppressing the external skin symptoms. It’s also thought that Cosmetic Shiatsu not only has a healing effect, but that it’s also used as a preventive method.
Apart from simply making the facial skin beautiful and glowing, typical problems that can be resolved or alleviated are rosacea, acne, eczema, an oily skin, or, by contrast, a dry skin, but also conditions like headaches and migraines.