Japanese Shiatsu massage salon in Colombo adds appointment system and extra treatment menu

PUBLISHED Jun 17, 2021

The masseuse of Thusare Talking Hands

Thusare Talking Hands, a shiatsu massage salon in the Cinnamon Gardens area of Colombo, is now accepting treatment by appointment.

The salon celebrated its ninth anniversary on April 20. Ishikawa Naoto, the owner of the salon, took note of the social issue in Sri Lanka that “the poverty rate of households with visually-impaired people is high” and has been training Sri Lankans with visual impairments as masseurs by teaching them the techniques of Shiatsu, which was originated in Japan. The salon has continued to hold the top position in the Spa and Wellness in Colombo section on the travel information website TripAdvisor for the past three years. He said that “most of the clients were tourists from Europe and America before the coronavirus pandemic started.”

Its popular treatment menu includes Full Body (Rs.3,500/60 minutes) and Foot Massage (Rs.1,800/30 minutes). For the Body Scan and Treatment (Rs.6,500/90 minutes), the practitioner checks the client from head to toe and determines the treatment suited for each person. The salon had stopped offering the treatment as it could only be performed by expert masseurs, but now it has been brought back by appointment only.

Its second salon, which opened in the Crescat Boulevard shopping mall on March 14 last year, has been closed due to the mall’s renovation. Ishikawa said: “By taking measures against COVID-19 infection and changing to an appointment-only system, we are now able to provide personalized treatment to each client. Appointments can be made in Japanese as well. Please call the main office in Cinnamon Gardens to make an appointment.”

Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.