Shiatsu is a Japanese treatment that uses the same energy points than acupuncture, using finger pressure instead of using needles. In fact, shiatsu means “finger pressure” in Japanese. Therefore, Shiatsu ia also called digitoacupuncture.
Shiatsu combines a smooth movement of the ki energy with the physical benefits of a deep tissue massage. In addition, shiatsu combines western knowledge of anatomy and the physiological and philosophical foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) physiology.
Although this therapy comes from an ancient Eastern medicine, it is considered that shiatsu was created by Japanese Tokujiro Namikoshi (1905-2000) , who standardized shiatsu treatment in the early twentieth century and created the first shiatsu school of the world to teach future shiatsu masters.
Today shiatsu is recognized by the Ministry of Health of Japan, which defines it in this way: “The shiatsu therapy is a form of manipulation on thumbs, fingers and palms, without the use of any instrument, mechanical or otherwise, to apply pressure on human skin, correct internal malfunctioning, promote and maintain health and treat specific diseases.”
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