Irene’s Journey to Japan: Bringing the Authentic Japanese to Singapore Spa

Travel on 10 May, 2023

Irene’s Journey to Japan: Bringing the Authentic Japanese to Singapore Spa

As the owner of a Spa in Singapore, I am always looking for ways to improve our offerings and provide our clients with the best possible experience. So when I heard about a new massage technique called “Kogao Small face Correction therapy” (小顔矯正) being taught by Master Hidetsugu in Japan, I knew I had to go and learn it.

But it was not an easy decision. Leaving my children in Singapore and travelling to Japan for a two-week intensive training session was a tough choice to make. However, I knew that the opportunity to learn from a master of traditional Japanese spa techniques was not one to be missed. I was particularly struck by the Kogao Small face therapy technique, which is designed to provide a slimmer, more defined facial contour without resorting to surgery appearance by focusing on specific pressure points on the face. I knew that this was a technique that would be in high demand in Singapore, where there is a strong emphasis on beauty.

10 Years Later: Reflections on Returning to Japan for Spa Training

Ten years have passed since I last stepped foot in Japan. Back then, I was a young and inexperienced spa therapist eager to learn the latest techniques and bring them back to my spa in Singapore. Fast forward to now, and I find myself once again in Japan, but with a very different perspective.

As I sat on the plane, I couldn’t help but reflect on the past decade. So much had happened since my last trip to Japan. I had become a mother, opened my own spa, and gained a wealth of experience in the industry. Despite all of this, I knew there was still so much to learn, especially in the realm of traditional Japanese spa techniques.

But beyond the technical aspects of the training, what struck me the most was the culture of respect and attention to detail that permeated every aspect of the spa industry in Japan. From the way that clients were greeted and treated, to the meticulous preparation of products and equipment, it was clear that the Japanese spa industry held itself to a high standard.

Finding Balance: How I Managed Family and Training During Her Time in Japan

Looking back on my journey, I realise how much I have grown both personally and professionally. Returning to Japan allowed me to rediscover my passion for spa therapy, and to see the industry with fresh eyes. It was a reminder that no matter how experienced we may become, there is always more to learn and discover. As a busy mother of one and the owner of a spa in Singapore, finding time for personal development can be a challenge. But when I learned about a new massage technique being taught by Master Hidetsugu in Japan, I knew that I had to find a way to attend the training.

However, the decision to leave my children and business behind for two weeks was not an easy one. As the departure date approached, I found myself increasingly anxious about how I would manage everything from halfway across the world. When I arrived in Japan, I was met with an intense training schedule that left little time for anything else. But I quickly realised that I would need to find a way to balance my training with my personal responsibilities if I was going to make the most of my time in Japan.

Finding Balance: How did I do it?

1. Set a Routine and Follow it

The first step was to establish a routine that allowed me to make progress in my training while also staying connected with my family back home. I set aside specific times each day to check in with my children and business associates, and made sure to stick to these times as much as possible.

2. Taking Breaks

I also made sure to prioritise self-care during my time in Japan. This meant taking breaks when needed, getting enough rest, and making time for activities outside of training that helped me feel grounded and connected to myself.

3. Seek for Help

One of the most important lessons I learned during my time in Japan was the importance of asking for help. Whether it was asking my family to step up and take on additional responsibilities while I was away or reaching out to my fellow trainees for support, I found that asking for help was essential to finding balance and managing my stress levels.

As I look back on my time in Japan, I am grateful for the experiences and insights that I gained. I came away with a new technique that has been a huge success in my spa, as well as a renewed appreciation for the importance of finding balance in all areas of life.

“ For anyone facing a similar challenge, my advice is to establish a routine, prioritise self-care, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. With these tools and a willingness to adapt and adjust as needed, it is possible to find balance and make progress towards personal and professional goals.”

– Irene

Why Japan Holds the Key to Authentic Japanese Spa Services

Japan has long been known as a destination for authentic and high-quality spa services. From hot springs to traditional massage techniques, Japan’s spa culture is deeply rooted in its history and culture. It’s reputation as a hub for authentic spa services is rooted in its long history of bathing culture and traditional massage techniques. My training experience exemplifies this tradition and serves as a reminder of the importance of seeking out authentic training and services to provide the best possible spa experiences for clients in Singapore.

Bridging Cultures: Bringing Japanese Spa Techniques to Singapore

My journey of skill development from novice to expert in the spa industry underscores the importance of dedication, hard work, and passion. Today, my thriving spa business in Singapore is a testament to my expertise and continuous pursuit of knowledge and improvement. As a mother, I take pride in inspiring others who may feel overwhelmed by their aspirations to achieve their goals. My journey serves as an example that hard work and perseverance can lead to success, and I am grateful for the opportunity to inspire others. One way that I am bridging cultures is by introducing authentic Japanese spa techniques to Singapore. Japan is known for its long-standing history and culture of bathing, and I am honoured to share the benefits of these techniques with my clients. By doing so, I hope to improve their well-being and promote a greater appreciation for Japanese culture.

Wrapping Up My Journey to Japan

To conclude, my trip to Japan to learn traditional Japanese spa techniques has transformed the spa business in Singapore. Ikeda Spa has offered clients an authentic spa experience and inspired others to pursue their dreams. The journey has emphasised the importance of continuous learning and growth in the spa industry. The spa now stands out in Singapore’s competitive market thanks to its unique experience. The author is grateful for the opportunity to have brought Japanese spa techniques to Singapore and is excited about the future of their spa business.