Translated by Sandy Lau
Only In Okinawa! Thoroughly Relax With The Ryukyu Tin Nadi Treatment
Written by MATCHA-PR
Ryukyu Tin Nadi is a treatment that can only be received in Okinawa at Japan’s best resorts. The treatment is performed using Okinawa-based plant oils while playing traditional music. We will report on our pleasant experience with the treatment.
Ryukyu Tin Nadi is an esthetics treatment that can only be received in Okinawa. If you are planning on visiting Japan’s best resorts in Okinawa, this is something you will definitely want to experience.
It is a fascinating treatment performed using oils made from an Okinawan plant called shell ginger while traditional Okinawan music plays in the background. Ryukyu Tin Nadi is a treatment that can thoroughly relax your body and is something our writer personally experienced.
What Is Ryukyu Tin Nadi?
Ryukyu Tin Nadi is a unique technique developed by Okinawa after working on the early development of spas and beauty salons in the prefecture. With the goal of creating a relaxation service that could be used worldwide all the while experiencing Okinawan culture and nature, both domestic and international specialists collaborated together and developed this treatment.
The Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment, which sought to be Okinawan-like, is one full of individuality and adopts practices such as aromatherapy, thalassotherapy, lomilomi massages, and karate kata.
The treatment uses Ryukyu Tin Nadi, an original treatment oil composed of the valuable essential oils found in shell ginger. You can expect the oil to not only replenish the dewiness of your skin, but also to give a moisturizing and tightening effect.
Only estheticians and therapists that passed the TSP Qualifications (TIDA SMILE PERSON MARK), a certification of the Okinawa Esthetics Spa Cooperative Society that conducts personnel training and more for beauty salons and spa facilities in Okinawa, are permitted to perform the Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment.
The learning of Ryukyu Tin Nadi is limited to very few therapists that have passed the TSP Qualifications, which tests their skills, knowledge of Okinawan history and culture, as well as their personalities.
To Hilton Okinawan Chatan Resort’s AMAMI SPA
One facility where you can receive the Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment is Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort’s AMAMI SPA located in Chatan, Mihama.
In a very luxurious room, guests can receive a program special to Okinawa that includes the Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment. Men can also receive the treatment at AMAMI SPA.
Without delay, our writer underwent the treatment.
Thoroughly and Gradually Relaxing the Mind and Body
First, you will be treated while lying face down. Afterwards, a massage will also be performed while you are face up. The treatment lasts a total of approximately 90 minutes. The background music played during the treatment will be Okinawan music in quadruple meter rhythm which helps you to feel more comfortable.
The therapist’s arm movements were very gentle, rolling waves as if they were a dragon dancing in the sky as she drew close to our writer’s body to stretch her muscles and tendons.
Just like the phrase “tin nadi”, which means “being caressed by the skies” in Okinawan, it is a massage that has both powerful and gentle touches. Our writer’s mind and body became relaxed.
There is also a treatment where your muscles and tendons will be stretched as if you are drifting away from the nape of your neck and shoulders to your back. This is a time for pleasant healing and relaxation.
As individual differences will appear in the tension and stiffness of each person’s body due to their daily life and lifestyle habits, the therapist will treat guests at a comfortable pace fitting to the state of each individual’s mind, body, and respiration.
In a technique that adopts the Okinawan form of karate, the therapist will gradually apply pressure while also applying her own body weight through her elbow and arm.
The therapist will then slowly place strength into her entire palm and gradually relax your body. As a result, one characteristic of this treatment is that it won't give you muscle pain.
The Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment will gradually reduce the stiffness and tension in your body.
It’s because these skilled therapists have acquired experience and skill in massaging with thorough knowledge of the structures and acupuncture points of the entire body that guests can have a pleasant treatment that fits each individual. The greatest value of the Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment is found here.
Locations with Okinawan Hospitality Where You Can Receive Ryukyu Tin Nadi
Ryukyu Tin Nadi, which fully relaxes both mind and body, can be said to be the result of the hospitality of the Okinawan esthetics and spa industry.
As of October 2017, there are only nine locations where the Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment can be experienced in Okinawa. Therapists that maintain their valuable and high-level skills - you will only encounter these highly skilled therapists if you receive the Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment.
Beauty salons and spas that perform the Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment are not only found on the main island of Okinawa, but are also found on the islands of Ishigakijima and Miyakojima. Ms. Naomi Nakayoshi, the therapist who our writer received her treatment from, conducts the Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment at ISLAND HEALING on Ishigakijima.
Please try the Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment and fully experience the flow and wavelength of ancient Ryukyu nature and the Okinawan spiritual mind. Here is a list of beauty salons and spas where you can receive the Ryukyu Tin Nadi treatment.
Hotel Nikko Alivila Aesthetic Salon
Address: Okinawa, Nakagami, Yomitan, Gima 600
Website: https://www.alivila.co.jp/relaxation/esthe.php (Japanese)
Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort AMAMI SPA
Address: Okinawa, Nakagami, Chatan, Mihama 40-1
Shima Spa Taba House
Address: Okinawa, Naha, Tsubogawa 3-5-1
Laguna Garden Hotel Ryukyu Esthetics Salon Chura Bless
Address: Okinawa, Ginowan, Mashiki 4-1-1
Southern Beach Hotel & Resort Okinawa AZUR SPA
Address: Okinawa, Itoman, Nishizakicho 1-6-1
Address: Okinawa, Ishigaki, Okawa 200-1
Website: http://island-healing.net/ (Japanese)
Nuchigusui Spa Tingahra
Address: Okinawa, Yaeyama, Taketomi, Kohama 2930
Miyakojima Tokyu Hotel & Resorts THE ISLAND SPA Yururia
Address: Okinawa, Miyakojima, Shimoji Yonaha 914
Website: https://www.miyakojima-h.tokyuhotels.co.jp/ja/spa/index.html (Japanese)
Shigira Bayside Suite Allamanda Swiss Perfection
Address: Okinawa, Miyakojima, Ueno Shinzato 926-25
Website: https://www.nanseirakuen.com/allamanda/spa_00003.html (Japanese)
AMAMI SPA is part of the Okinawa Esthetics Spa Cooperative Society. Please check the official website for a list of salons that are members of the Okinawa Esthetics Spa Cooperative Society.
Visitors are being asked to take part in surveys at some of the Okinawa Aesthetic And Spa Association facilities. At that time, if you mention "I read about this place on MATCHA", you have the chance to receive some of the following special privileges (first come, first serve basis, only valid until March 31st, 2018).
- At Creer Du Qi Ocean Spa location: free use of the Mori no Yu/Umi no Yu in the hotel.
- At Ryujin no Yu Hot Spring: receive a free Sengajima Hotel original water.
- At Amami Spa: get an optional head massage (10 minutes), or add a hot stone treatment option to your visit for free. And, you can receive a 2000 yen gift certificate to use on your next visit (limited to the first 30 customers).
To learn more about special privileges available at other facilities, please inquire at that specific facility.
Written by Miyako Endo
Photos by Miyako Endo, Pixta.
Sponsored by Okinawa Esthetics Spa Cooperative Society