Shiatsu is a type of massage therapy that was primarily developed in Japan. In the Japanese language, shiatsu means “finger pressure.” Shiatsu techniques include massages with fingers, thumbs, and palms to assist blood flow, stretching, joint flexibility, and mobilization. It involves applying pressure to specific points on the body, moving from one point to another in a rhythmic sequence.
Shiatzu techniques commenced with using fingers, however, practitioners soon began using other technologies such as stones, crystals, and wooden rollers. Eventually, these progressed to other technologies including the types of devices we see in roller tables and massage chairs. While shiatsu has roots in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), it’s now commonly practiced throughout the world.