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Shiatsu Massage

Originally developed in Japan, shiatsu is a type of massage that involves applying pressure to certain points on the body. Though it has roots in traditional Chinese medicine, shiatsu is commonly practiced throughout the world. Your Hillsboro massage therapists offer shiatsu massage at WellCore Health and Chiropractic.

What Is Shiatsu Massage?

Shiatsu massage is an alternative technique in which manual pressure is applied to specific points on the body in an effort to relief pain and tension. Shiatsu, which means “finger pressure” in Japanese, involves the use of the fingers, thumbs, elbows and knees to create concentrated pressure at the meridians, or energy pathways in the body.


Also knows as “acupressure,” shiatsu massage reduces fatigue and muscle tension by improving the function of the lymphatic system and the circulation of blood through the body.

Uses for Shiatsu

Shiatsu is used to treat a number of problems. It is most commonly used as a means of stress relief and to protect against health issues that are related to stress.


Believed to increase energy, stimulate the digestive system and promote recovery from injuries, shiatsu massage may also aid a number of health problems, including:


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Asthma
  • Constipation
  • Colds
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Menstrual problems
  • PMS
  • Sciatica
  • Sinus problems

Shiatsu Benefits

Studies and surveys have shown that shiatsu may alleviate stress and reduce fatigue. It may also help ease the painful symptoms associated with joint and muscle problems. In patients with fibromyalgia, shiatsu can improve sleep quality and reduce the intensity of pain. Shiatsu may also reduce anxiety and pain in individuals suffering from lower back pain.

Risks and Safety

When performed by a qualified professional, such as the Hillsboro massage therapists at WellCore Health and Chiropractic, shiatsu massage is safe and complications are rare. However, you should let your massage therapist know if you are pregnant, have recently undergone radiation or chemo therapy or have certain conditions, such as blood clotting disorders, heart disease and osteoporosis.

For many people, shiatsu massage is an effective alternative treatment for anxiety, pain and a number of other conditions. To learn more about how this ancient Japanese technique can help you, give us a call today at 503-648-6997 or schedule an appointment online.

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