You might get tired with your sightseeing or trip to somwhere. Then what do you think to take massage?? Luckily there are lots of places a knotted-up cheapo can go for an affordable Tokyo massage.
There are probably as many massage options as there are vending machines in Tokyo. Hotels, spas and the like usually offer a variety of safe massages – everything from vigorous Korean body scrubbing to Ayurvedic oil treatments, and that one where they walk all over your back. But with prices ranging from 6000yen to 50000 yen, these are luxury pampering options the average cheapo can’t afford. For some, their entire budget for three days in Tokyo might only be 10000 yen! So that’s why you should take massage at ” Seikotsuin”!
Sometimes referred to as “bone setters” or “pain clinics” seikotsuin clinics offer sports massage and basic physio type treatments. Some accept Japanese national health insurance cards, but it’s a bit of a grey zoon. If they do take your health insurance, you’re looking at roughly 1500yen to 2000yen for your first session, with the fees getting lower the more often you go. Clinics without prices listed outside are usually a good bet – anything with a “course menu” tends to have non-negotiable rates.
A typical treatment at a seikotsuin involves 10 to 20 min of electrode pads on your back/other aching muscles, which zap your knots with varying intensity (it’s a lot more tolerable than it sounds), followed by a decent, basic massage (no oil or nudity involved – the staff will even put a towel between your fully-clothed body and their hands). Some places also throw in what I like to call “leg bags” (awesome things that use air pressure to squeeze your legs gently), or 10 minutes on a water jet massage bed. You can usually just drop into a seikotsuin without making an appointment.
Clinics that don’t accept health insurance tend to focus on massage, with 30 min priced at 2500 to 3000 yen. Some offer cheaper and 10 to 20 min neck and shoulder massages, which allows you to test things out before committing to a more expensive, longer course.
There are also heaps of chiropractic clinics as well as seitai clinics, and, to a lesser extent, osteopathy clinics, but these all tend to be pricier.
Another option is to pop into one of the many quick massage or reflexology chain stores that are scattered around major train stations and malls. Queensway, Raffine and Temomin are all popular and offer a variety of options, often starting at 10 min, but, in our opinion, the treatments are over-priced for the quality of what you get, and also feel a bit impersonal. Interesting? Please check it out!