What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a Japanese word simply meaning “finger pressure”, though in reality Shiatsu deals with a lot more than just pressing the acupressure points.

Hands, knees, elbows, and even feet are often used to apply touch, which can range from deep point pressure to a very light palming and even working with the hands completely off the body. Massage is also used in various amounts. Vigorous and light massage including rubbing, chopping, tapping and palming can be used and often incorporates joint mobilisation and stretches applied by the therapist.

These techniques are applied as a whole-body therapy, and may be carried out on a futon on the floor, on a special massage chair, or on a massage table. To receive Shiatsu you stay fully clothed, and you may be asked to stand, sit, or lie in various positions.