Shiatsu massage is a type of Japanese massage that involves finger pressure applied to specific points on the body to relieve tension and pain. The word "shiatsu" means "finger pressure" in Japanese, and this technique is based on traditional Chinese medicine principles of energy flow in the body.
During a shiatsu massage, the therapist applies pressure to the body using their fingers, thumbs, and palms, as well as stretching and joint mobilization techniques. The pressure is usually applied to points along the body's meridians, or energy channels, and is intended to help balance the flow of energy in the body.
Shiatsu massage is often used to relieve stress and tension, improve circulation, and promote overall relaxation. It may also be helpful for specific conditions such as headaches, back pain, and digestive issues. Some people find shiatsu massage to be a helpful complement to other forms of medical treatment, such as physical therapy or chiropractic care. However, as with any form of massage or bodywork, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine if shiatsu massage is appropriate for your individual needs.