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Shiatsu targets pressure points in the body to release pain and tension.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: May 18, 2020

Shiatsu is the Japanese version of acupressure. Shiatsu uses the fingers (in place of pins) to knead, squeeze, and rub targeted pressure points on the body.

The origins of Shiatsu: Shiatsu is a type of acupressure massage. It was invented in its current form in Japan in 1925 by Tokujiro Namikoshi, who developed the massage technique while treating his mother's arthritis. He founded the Japan Shiatsu College in Tokyo in 1940.

Benefits Of Shiatsu

Shiatsu can result in deep muscle and tissue relaxation, improved blood flow and circulation, reduced blood pressure, improved mental state, and increased spiritual awareness. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theories, shiatsu also releases energy blockages in the body.

Shiatsu is a good medical treatment for ailments like nausea, asthma, and poor mental health because the massage can improve blood and oxygen flow in the body.

In TCM, on the other hand, shiatsu improves the flow of energy in the body—your “qi”—by unblocking the meridians, or channels, through which your qi flows.

What To Expect

You’ll be fully clothed for the duration of a shiatsu massage, so make sure to wear loose, lightweight clothing.

Specialized equipment: Shiatsu does not require any special equipment.

Recommended sessions: Typically, clients know in their first session whether shiatsu is the right type of treatment for them.

Preparation: Inform your therapist about any physical conditions you have, including pregnancy.


Properly performed, shiatsu is very low risk.

Who wouldn't benefit: Shiatsu is not recmmended for patients undergoing chemotherapy as well as people with broken or just-healed bones or open wounds.

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