from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A form of therapeutic massage in which pressure is applied with the thumbs and palms to those areas of the body used in acupuncture. Also called acupressure.
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- n. A form of massage, using the thumbs and palms, employed as therapy
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- n. treatment of symptoms by applying pressure with the fingers to specific pressure points on the body
Short for Japanese shiatsuryōhō : shi, finger + atsu-, pressure + ryōhō, treatment.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 指圧 (shiatsu). Literally "finger pressure". (Wiktionary)