Kobido lifting massage is a traditional Japanese facial massage. It is one of the elements of ANMA, or traditional Japanese massage therapy. ANMA comes from two words which perfectly capture the essence of the massage. The first is the word “an”, which means pressure, and the second is “ma”, which means rubbing. Such massages, based on rubbing and pressing, were used as long as 7000 years ago in China, and appeared in Japan around the 5th century AD. This massage technique was particularly popular with the Samurai, who used it to improve their physical and mental well-being. Like other massage techniques originating in the East, traditional Japanese massage focused on unblocking and improving the flow of energy to help restore balance to the body.
In 1472, the Empress of Japan was looking for effective ways to maintain her youth and beautiful appearance. Kobido massage techniques were adapted and began to be used as a rejuvenating massage. The 48 Kobido techniques that are still used today were developed by two massage masters who together created the most popular facial massage technique, which quickly gained in popularity. Over the next few hundred years, successive massage masters explored the techniques of Kobido. Immediately after the Second World War, one of the masters, Ito, opened an elite school where he passed on his knowledge to only three students. One of them, Mochizuki, emigrated to the United States and thanks to that the Kobido technique became known all over the world. It happened in 1990. In 2006, shortly before the departure of Master Ito, Dr. Shogo Mochizuki was appointed master of the Kobido lineage and lineage of the 26th generation.