Shiatsu massage is among the most common forms of alternative medicine today. It has become so popular, in fact, that there are entire salons and spas that offer this type of massage as part of the routine. But where did it come from?
Shiatsu is a variation on traditional Chinese bodywork, particularly on concepts from acupuncture, that require the theory of using key energy points along the meridian chain to treat and prevent disease. Shiatsu originated in Japan, where several traditional Chinese medicines were embraced and where acupuncture had significant popularity as a cure for various ailments. When these two traditional Chinese medicines and practices were combined with what was already known about the effects of applying pressure to acupoints on the body, the results were something near Shiatsu massage therapy. Shiatsu originates from a Japanese massage technique known as izumi kernel komaku, or the"finger pressure therapy."
Today, most therapists educated in basic shiatsu massage will combine the two techniques into one therapy session. However, some therapists choose to specialize in just one aspect of the art, such as acupressure or Swedish massage, which may seem less overwhelming and more interesting to patients. There are also therapists who are trained to perform this massage with their hands