Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • She was doing shiatsu, which is a type of massage that concentrates on relieving blocked energy from the body.

    The Book of the Heart

  • Had my mobile phone not been removed on arrival, I would have called my shiatsu man and told him what I thought about the "physical benefits".

    New Statesman

  • As to asking permission, the "shiatsu" guy said yes too.

    Madison, last night and now.

  • Massage therapies such as shiatsu, Swedish and others have been shown to reduce stress, increase awareness and induce relaxation.

    xml's Blinklist.com

  • Well, one company thinks so highly of the practice that they're willing to sell you a device that will perform a 'shiatsu' finger massage for the cool price of $2,000.

    Gadgetreview

  • "This technique is very different from traditional shiatsu, which is somewhat painful.

    The Prague Post

  • Health Centre it's a centre where they run classes in yoga and shiatsu and dancing, 5 rhythms, belly dancing, tai chi, everything so if I get bored ... er ... no

    An interview with Louise Rennison

  • So at four in the morning, I went into the "massage room" and fell asleep while receiving a very decorous shiatsu massage by a man who kept reminding me to make sure my kimono was tightly shut.

    Karin Badt: An All-Night Bath Experience In Tokyo (PHOTOS)

  • Acupuncture, shiatsu massage and yoga are worth a try; they help some women feel more settled and relaxed.

    How Hormones And Hot Flashes Affect Sleep

  • Parliamentarians, by contrast, can receive reimbursements for services such as orthodontics, "therapeutic" shiatsu massages and visits to thermal baths.

    Italy Budget Scrutiny Hits Close to Rome

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  • JM has discovered that shiatsu is getting knead in the back.

    August 26, 2011