Shiatsu fuses the terms SHI = finger and ATSU = pressure. This massage is a type of body massage that developed in Japan over 100 years ago, based on ideas taken from traditional Chinese medicine. The basic principle is that there is a system of energy channels (meridian system) within the human body. The objective of a Shiatsu massage is to boost the physical, emotional and mental well-being of the treated person. To this end, energy blockages in the energy channels must be removed and the self-regulating powers of the body must be stimulated. Shiatsu therapy achieves this through the application of pressure in flowing movements along the energy channels (meridians). Although Shiatsu literally translates as "finger pressure", treatment is not just given with the fingers but also with the heels of the hand, elbows and knees. The therapist uses their whole body weight to create the necessary pressure.
Shiatsu massage products imitate the soothing and relaxing effects of a pressure massage. Depending upon the intensity and pressure, this type of massage can also work deep into the tissue and is ideally suited for relaxing the muscles and relieving any tension.