What is Raku?

Raku is a form of therapeutic head massage highly renowned in Japan. Raku means comfort and ease in Japanese.

What does it do?

It’s famous in Japan for reducing the symptoms of stress and inducing a deep sense of relaxation. People who suffer from tension headaches, tired eyes and difficulty sleeping find Raku highly effective.

How does it work?

It’s said to work by calming the sympathetic nervous system which improves circulation, relieves stiff muscles and alleviates stress. There are numerous muscles on the head face and neck and the massage is directed at them, these muscles can often be tense and fatigued from computer use or following lengthy phases of concentration and stress.

Who is it for?

Its particularly good for people who feel weary but do not sleep well, for those who work long hours in front of a computer and for those who feel tension type headache pain

Will it mess up my hair?

No! There are no oils, liquids or lotions involved in this form Japanese head massage.

Does it hurt?

Not at all, the massage therapist aligns her hands on the scalp with a very gentle but even pressure and works on the muscles to reduce tension using very light finger and palm pressure.

What happens when you squint at the screen?

You incline your head towards the screen courtesy of the thick Rectus muscles at the base of your skull and your eyes narrow thanks to the Obicularis oris eye muscles.

How does this make you feel?

Like your head’s aching!

When you can’t understand what’s happening on the screen what do you do?

Scratch your head and squeeze your forehead in confusion – to try and ease the temporalis and frontalis muscles (see diagram) leading to more headache!


Yoshiko has been a valued member of Richmond Physiotherapy for many years. In 2017 she attended the Raku training course in Japan and now she practices her own approach to the treatment of tension headaches. Her patients find great relief and comfort in her techniques so if you suffer from tired eyes, tension headaches or insomnia, why not book online or call reception: 020 8332 1132 to book an appointment with her.

Lawton Gate House,
7 Hill Street, Richmond,
London, TW9 1SX

020 8332 1132