Last updated: March 29, 2019

What Does Shiatsu Mean?

Shiatsu is a form of physical conditioning that combines massage with manipulation of the body’s pressure points. In the Japanese language, shiatsu means finger pressure. This method of physical therapy is rooted in Japanese and Chinese medical traditions. It is comparable to Chinese acupressure.

During a Shiatsu session, a practitioner will apply deep, firm pressure to select nerves or pressure points. A Shiatsu session will also include movement of the joints and limbs, and muscle massage. Unlike many other types of massage, a participant will usually remained clothed during a Shiatsu treatment. Shiatsu is often referred to as Shiatsu massage.


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Like other energy bodywork therapies, Shiatsu massage seeks to address the health of the person’s vital energy. This energy is referred to as qi in Japan. Practitioners believe that by stimulating the body’s pressure points a person’s internal energy flow can be corrected and realigned. The combined use of massage and energy flow changes are designed to bring about improved mental and physical health.

The purpose of a Shiatsu treatment is to not only relax and improve muscle health but to also balance the energy of the person receiving treatment.



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