Shiatsu (Kanji: 指圧 Hiragana: しあつ) in Japanese means "finger pressure"; it is a type of alternative medicine consisting of finger and palm pressure, stretches, and other massage techniques. Shiatsu practitioners promote it as a way to help people relax and cope with issues such as stress, muscle pain, nausea, anxiety, and depression.
Tokujiro Namikoshi (1905-2000) invented shiatsu and founded the first shiatsu college in 1940. Shiatsu draws on concepts from the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
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