Shiatsu translates to “finger pressure.” Therefore, shiatsu massage is the use of thumb, palm and fingers to apply pressure to all parts of the body along specific pathways or meridians. Applying pressure to the shiatsu meridians and points relieves common ailments and conditions by helping the organs receive and release energy. This creates balance in the body and promotes healing. (Shiatsu meridians and points are used in acupuncture as well).
Another unique approach is barefoot shiatsu. In this practice, the practitioner uses their feet to apply pressure on the meridian and points as the client is laying down. Barefoot shiatsu became popularized by Shizuko Yamamoto.
At SHI macrobiotics, we also teach a self massage technique called Do-In. Do-in is an ancient spiritual practice for health and longevity. It consists of rubbing, pounding and stretching the meridians and points. Check out this video on Do-In massage.