What is Shiatsu massage?

This is a common question that people ask when they hear of shiatsu massage. Shiatsu literally means “finger pressure” in Japanese. Traditional shiatsu techniques include massages with fingers, thumbs, feet and palms on certain points of the body called ‘meridians’. These traditional shiatsu massages require visiting a shiatsu practitioner to receive a “hands-on” massage.


Thankfully, there are now many consumer massagers available on the market that can replicate a real shiatsu massage. This means that you can now enjoy shiatsu massage anytime you feel like you are need of some relaxation time, whether at home or in the office. Let’s talk about some of the benefits of using such a massager, and how this can assist you in your daily life.


Relief from muscle aches

Shiatsu massagers target specific points on the body, which when stimulated, promote blood circulation. This in turn provides relief from muscle aches and pains. This rejuvenating effect is multiplied when simultaneously massaging different parts of the body, such as feet, neck and back.



Relaxation is one of the main reasons people choose to have a massage. With shiatsu, all the stress and tension you feel after a long day at work, vanishes. By correct massage techniques on the stress points, blood flow is improved, making you feel calmer and more relaxed.


Improved metabolism and digestion

Stimulation of the circulatory system will increase your energy levels, and with increased energy levels, your metabolism will be improved. This helps with digestion, and with a more efficient digestive system, your body is going to be expelling more waste products from your body, making you feel fitter and healthier.


Pregnant women

Not many people know this, but shiatsu massage is remarkably beneficial for pregnant women, and was used by the ancients for alleviating the common symptoms that many pregnant women suffer from, such as morning sickness and depression. Furthermore, it can remedy menstrual cramps and pre-menstrual stress.


With so many benefits and a ton of relaxation on offer, why not treat yourself to a Nursal Shiatsu massager? They also make a great for any family member. Head on over to our product page to take a further look.