Definition of shiatsu in English:



  • [mass noun] A form of therapy of Japanese origin based on the same principles as acupuncture, in which pressure is applied to certain points on the body using the hands.

    • ‘These massages fuse elements of French effleurage, Japanese shiatsu and Chinese acupressure.’
    • ‘Aromatherapy incorporates yin and yang, reflexology, shiatsu, pressure points, vibrational healing, colour therapy, crystals and meditation.’
    • ‘Practices such as shiatsu, acupressure and acupuncture can correct imbalances by clearing blockages of qi.’
    • ‘The kind of people who would once have gone in for bleeding now go in for things like reflexology and shiatsu.’
    • ‘Five two-hour sessions of Swedish massage and shiatsu (a kind of massage using acupressure) didn't help either.’
    • ‘For example, you may wish to investigate more about various therapies, such as shiatsu, reflexology and remedial massage, and perhaps to include with these some form of counselling or personal development work.’
    • ‘The effects of shiatsu, acupuncture, moxa, and herbal medicine are still questioned in Japan because they seem to depend upon the individual and are very difficult to replicate or to validate scientifically.’
    • ‘Similarly, shiatsu and acupressure also corroborates the opposite therapeutic significance of clockwise and counterclockwise rotation.’
    • ‘Ann-Marie explained that each masseuse there has her specialty, whether it's shiatsu or reflexology, and that no two people are massaged the same way.’
    • ‘Based on Asian medical principles, shiatsu balances your flow of blood and qi, your life energy.’
    • ‘The Japanese developed shiatsu in the sixth century from borrowed Chinese principles.’
    • ‘Reflexology is often combined with other therapies and practices, such as acupressure, shiatsu, yoga, and tai chi, and it often involves the hands and other body parts or zones, not just the feet.’
    • ‘If there is any reactiveness on any or all of these points, shiatsu would be an appropriate therapy.’
    • ‘There you will find extensive accounts of this and other forms of quackery, from Ayurveda and aromatherapy to zen shiatsu to zone therapy.’
    • ‘With shiatsu the bodywork consists considerably of finger or palm pressure either into the pressure points or joints or muscles.’
    • ‘Western Schools described shiatsu as ‘a Japanese form of physiotherapy‘.’
    • ‘The same goes for shiatsu and acupuncture, which are only covered by specific group insurance company policy's extended health benefits.’
    • ‘There are facials, reflexology and shiatsu, and there is a woman called Christina who works with crystals, aromatherapy and massage, also incorporating elements of kinesiology.’
    • ‘Whether Swedish, shiatsu or a basic sports massage, these rubdowns have earned their reputation for buoying mind, body and spirit.’
    • ‘This healing method can also be successfully combined with other therapies such as hands on healing, massage, shiatsu and can even work alongside allopathic medicine.’


Japanese, literally finger pressure.