History of ShiatsuShiatsu is a massage technique that acts on the energy flow of the individual facilitating its function; the term, composed of two sinograms, informs that through fingers (指 Shi: finger) and thanks to precise pressure modalities (圧 atsu: pressure) the practitioner transmits his/her energy to the benefit of the client.

The origins of shiatsu are very old; as early as 3000 BC, some populations believed that at the base of human health there was the relationship with the whole universe and therefore the environment and geographic location played a key role; also since prehistoric times it was well known that the pressure of hands on a painful area of the body reduces physical complaints.

Mindful of the ancient wisdom and expert performers of Kampo medicine, were the Buddhist monks who, in the seventh century, passed down to Japan “the art of touch”, enriching it with physiotherapy, acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

In the 1867 the Meiji revolution not only brought changes in the social and political structure of Japan; the introduction of modern Western medicine and the practice of techniques such as chiropractic and osteopathy led the Japanese people to move away from traditional medicine, that gradually was replaced.

Fortunately, in 1912, was a child of only three years to discover the beneficial qualities of the art of touch; Tokujiru Namikoshi, loving and caring son, he realized, in fact, that the states of discomfort of the mother could be relieved by the pressure exerted by the fingers. Fascinated and intrigued by the results obtained, Namikoshi deepened the exercise until he understood he had developed a new technique; he called it Shiatsu and founded a school that taught it.

Today shiatsu has evolved and enriched, developing different techniques.

The most common styles are:

1. The Namikoshi style;

2. Zen Shiatsu (or Masunaga method);

3. Acupuncture.

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History of Shiatsu

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