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How Shiatsu massages function


Shiatsu massage is a Japanese form of massage that incorporates the Chinese meridian system of healing. The technique involves using the fingertips, thumbs and palms to apply pressure to various points on the body. The Shiatsu massage, also called deep tissue massage aims to release and align the “chi” or energy that is blocked in your body. Shiatsu practitioners are usually associated with acupuncturists and chinese herbalists to restore the body’s proper chi and find balance to prevent diseases. Poor blood circulation, stress, high blood pressure or tense muscles can block the chi.

Meridian points

Shiatsu massage therapists concentrate in 12 meridian points identified by the yin and yang of the body organs. The points that receive attention in a Shiatsu session include the kidneys, heart, lungs, spleen, liver and gallbladder. The stomach, intestines and pericardium receive a year, while the body temperature is monitored throughout the session. The therapist hits, pinches, rubs and applies pressure with the fingertips and palms over these organs to stimulate circulation and balance the chi. When the patient is lying down or on a mat, a shiatsu therapist may use feet, elbows and knees to apply extra pressure on the meridian points.


Shiatsu practitioners say that the therapy works on physical, emotional and spiritual levels to provide holistic healing. Patients often cry or laugh during treatment Shiatsu, since feelings and thoughts are released. Although it is assumed that the Shiatsu works on the whole person to promote health at every level, practice is especially beneficial for those suffering from respiratory or digestive diseases, leg cramps and migraines. Also technicians often restore the body’s natural immune system to familiar fighting infection and disease. Shiatsu massage can help relieve menopausal symptoms by applying pressure to the small intestine that works in conjunction with the ovaries.


The popularity of Shiatsu massage has been used by commercial manufacturers, such as Homeric’s, to create products such as a foot massager Shiatsu massage and shiatsu pillow with heat. The electric charges move small balls that feel like fingertips to the body part that rests on the computer. Radiant heat complements movements and replicates the heat created by therapists.