Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a hands-on Japanese Zen Healing Art and is more than a massage technique. The character 指 “shi” means finger or toe. The character 圧 “atsu” translates as “slowly applied pressure maintained then slowly released” with the implication of the use of bodyweight rather than strength. Together the two characters symbolize a range of techniques used in a therapeutic way, delivered by bodyweight using either fingers, palms, elbows, knees or feet.

This information was sourced from the following Association:
The Shiatsu Practitioners’ Association www.shiatsu.org.nz

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