Shiatsu is a body-based therapy developed in Japan in the early 1900s. It uses “finger pressure” that consists of stretching, kneading, pressing, pulling, and tapping by a provider who uses their hands (palms and fingers or thumbs), elbows, knees, and feet. Its roots are ancient, consistent with the philosophy of Chinese medicine and the concepts of Yin/Yang, meridians, the five elements and Qi (or Chi energy). Shiatsu is most commonly used to treat is musculoskeletal and psychological problems.
Shiatsu (Japanese from shi, meaning finger, and atsu, meaning pressure) is a traditional hands-on therapy originating in Japan. It is an evolving form, and its various styles incorporate aspects of Japanese massage traditions, Chinese Medicine practice, and ''Western'' anatomy and physiology.
There are 2 main Shiatsu schools: one based on western anatomical and physiological theory and the other based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Shiatsu Therapy does not have set practice standards, nor does it require licensing or certification in Arizona. However many licensed massage therapists have taken continuing education courses and received Shiatsu diplomas or course completion certificates. Other Shiatsu Therapists are graduates of Shiatsu Therapy educational training programs (ranging from 7 months to 3 years), but they are not are not LMT’s.