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Shiatsu Finger Pressure Massage

Updated on August 23, 2016
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Ruth Kongaika was born in the Rocky Mountains and has lived most of her life in the South Pacific. She travels, gardens and writes.

My first experience with Shiatsu (or Shiatzu) was in Hawaii. I had been having some back problems and decided to see a chiropractor. I found later that he was licensed in Shiatsu as well, but I had never heard of it.

I had been to a chiropractor before and found some relief from my back pain, but Shiatsu made me feel good all over. I still remember how wonderful I felt afterward.

Shiatsu is different than the Western style of massage since it is based on acupuncture and herbal medicine theories. The goal is to identify and correct imbalances in the body through gentle pressure on the meridians to improve energy flow (chi or qi).

Shiatsu can treat joint pain, headaches, back pain, digestive problems, depression, back pain, menstrual problems, injuries and other maladies.

It is unlike other forms of massage since you can wear your own clothing. It is suggested that you wear loose and comfortable clothing. You should not eat for at least two hours prior to your massage. Avoid activity after the massage for an hour and drink plenty of water to help your system heal.

The practitioner uses his thumb, palm, forearm, knee or elbow to put pressure on the release point for your tight muscles. When the person giving the treament is not pushing you are asked to inhale. When pressure is being applied, you are asked to exhale. Breathing properly is very important in your treatments.

Shiatsu can calm an overactive nervous system, improve circulation, and relieve stiff muscles. All I know is that I couldn't wait to return for another treatment. The practitioner would ask me ever so often if the pain was too much, but to me it was "good pain" and I seldom told him to back off.

Most Shiatsu practitioners take three years of training to get their diploma. There are schools in various parts of the world.

Massage, chiropractics, and fitness... the holy trinity for good health and holistic wellness .

~ Mary

Shiatsu belongs to the classification of Bodywork and Massage Therapy. The following are also in this classification of holistic healing therapies:

  • Hot stone massage
  • Reflexology
  • Yogassage
  • Gwa sha
  • Abhyanga massage
  • Feldenkrais

Self Shiatsu Massage


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  • Thelma Alberts profile image

    Thelma Alberts 

    6 years ago from Germany

    Thanks for sharing. I like shiatzu, too. Your chart is very helpful for doing the Shiatzu massage. Voted up and useful.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Pamela99. I hope you get your massage. I especially love Shiatsu massage.

  • Pamela99 profile image

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Wonderful hub. Thanks for your explanation. I would like a massage right now also.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Hope you get help soon JannyC. Shiatsu hurts so good!

    Thanks Katrina Ariel for your comments. I agree with you completely.

  • Katrina Ariel profile image

    Katrina Ariel 

    8 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

    Great hub! I like the approach of creating balance rather than simply trying to relieve pain. Take care of the cause and the issue doesn't have to stick around.

  • JannyC profile image


    8 years ago

    love this! I want a shiastsu massage now. My back hurts so bad/

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Sandyspider and Alya rose. I appreciate your comments. I hope you enjoy Shiatsu as much as I do.

  • Alya rose profile image

    Alya rose 

    8 years ago from From beyond the reeds

    Sounds heavenly,I have to experience it.

  • Sandyspider profile image

    Sandy Mertens 

    8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    Nice chart here.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Glad you enjoyed it katiem2. I think we can all benefit from the Shiatsu self massage chart.

  • katiem2 profile image


    8 years ago from I'm outta here

    Cool, I get it! Thanks for the work on this research. I love the chart! Gonna save it to my faves.... Peace :)

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Jen's Solitude. I think I will use the Shiatsu chart often too. Hope you benefit from it.

  • Jen's Solitude profile image

    Jen's Solitude 

    8 years ago from Delaware

    Thank you for explaining Shiatsu with such clarity. The chart is excellent as well. Thumbs up for this hub!


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