Definition of Shiatsu

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A traditional hands-on technique that originated in Japan, from the Japanese, 'shi,' meaning finger, and 'atsu,' meaning pressure. The most common form of acupressure, it's a technique using the rhythmic application of finger and palm pressure to specific points on the body (along energy meridians) for the purpose of correcting imbalances (stimulating chi, or energy). There are two main Shiatsu schools: one based on western anatomical/physiological theory and the other based on Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

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This section is designed as a jumping-off point. We've "spotlighted" just a few medical studies on shiatsu to introduce you to the nature and diversity of the research. Consider it a springboard to the RESEARCH area.



The heart of the portal. Search the Natural Standard, Cochrane and PubMed databases - and the search engine TRIP - for clinical studies about shiatsu's impact on numerous health issues.

Clinical Trials


Investigate the clinical trials currently underway for shiatsu. Where they're being conducted around the world - which health conditions are being studied - and how to get involved.

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