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Shiatsu is a form of Japanese massage. It involves using the fingers and palm of the hand to apply pressure to specific points on the body. Over the years, different types of shiatsu have been developed. Meridian shiatsu, for example, focuses on the meridians used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In TCM, meridians are invisible lines on the body that are thought to carry energy.

Shiatsu is used for pain, osteoarthritis, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Shiatsu was developed by Tokujiro Namikoshi, who founded the Japan Shiatsu College in 1940. He is famous for providing shiatsu treatments to celebrities such as Muhammad Ali and Marilyn Monroe.

Modern day practitioners of shiatsu are known as "Shiatsupractors." However, official recognition and licensure standards, when they exist, are inconsistent and differ significantly depending on the state or country.

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Shiatsu involves using the fingers and palm of the hand to apply pressure to specific points on the body. This method of massage is thought to stimulate certain body functions to correct imbalances, stimulate immune function, promote general health, and prevent disease.

Shiatsu is LIKELY SAFE for most people. But if shiatsu massage is given with too much force, it can damage the nerves and muscles. There have also been rare reports of shiatsu massage causing strokes and blood clots.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Shiatsu is POSSIBLY SAFE for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Surgery: Therapists should be very careful applying shiatsu to patients that have had surgery. Surgical sites can be damaged.

It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines. Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

There are no known interactions with foods.

The appropriate or safe use of shiatsu depends on several factors such as the condition being treated or the person administering the treatment. Be sure to seek and follow relevant directions from your physician or other healthcare professional before using this treatment.

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