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Shiatsu

Research Spotlight

The databases often return hundreds of medical studies for a single wellness approach. This section summarizes a sampling of five studies – providing just a taste of the available research. These Spotlights were not selected because they are the most favorable or the most recent, but to provide you an introduction to the more extensive research you'll uncover searching the four databases found in the “Research” section of this site.

  • A Drake University (US) study found that after 4 shiatsu massages, patients with lower back pain experienced significantly decreased pain and anxiety levels.
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  • A pilot study at St. Michael’s Hospital (UK) found that post-term pregnant women who used shiatsu massage were significantly more likely to labor spontaneously than those who did not.
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  • A University Hospitals of Geneva (Switzerland) small, experimental study found shiatsu back massage can rapidly induce measurable relaxation in distant muscles not directly massaged, and is accompanied by signs of neurovegetative calming.
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  • An open-label pilot study at Herzog Memorial Hospital (Israel) found that 4 weeks of shiatsu massage resulted in clinically significant improvements on all scales of psychopathology for patients with chronic schizophrenia.
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  • A University of Leeds (UK) observational study (analyzing 948 shiatsu users and 85 practitioners) found that after 6 months of shiatsu, users reported improvements in symptom severity (muscle/joint problems, tension, fatigue, etc.) and made changes in their health-related behavior.
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