SHIATSU Overview Information
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese massage. It involves using the fingers and palm of the hand to apply pressure to specific points on the body. Over the years, different types of shiatsu have been developed. Meridian shiatsu, for example, focuses on the meridians used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In TCM, meridians are invisible lines on the body that are thought to carry energy.
Shiatsu is used for muscle pain (myalgia), osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and muscle and bone injuries. It is also used for boosting the immune system.
Shiatsu was developed by Tokujiro Namikoshi, who founded the Japan Shiatsu College in 1940. He is famous for providing shiatsu treatments to celebrities such as Muhammad Ali and Marilyn Monroe.
Modern day practitioners of shiatsu are known as “Shiatsupractors.” However, official recognition and licensure standards, when they exist, are inconsistent and differ significantly depending on the state or country.
How does it work?
Shiatsu involves using the fingers and palm of the hand to apply pressure to specific points on the body. This method of massage is thought to stimulate certain body functions to correct imbalances, stimulate immune function, promote general health, and prevent disease.
- Muscle pain (myalgia).
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Stimulating immune function.
- Other conditions.
SHIATSU Side Effects & Safety
There isn’t enough scientific information to know if shiatsu is safe, or what the possible side effects might be. According to one report, someone suffered a stroke after a shiatsu treatment. But there has been only one such report so far.