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or shi·at·zu

noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. a Japanese massage technique that includes the use of acupressure.
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Origin of shiatsu

< Japanese < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese chǐ finger + pressure
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  1. massage in which pressure is applied to the same points of the body as in acupunctureAlso called: acupressure
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Word Origin for shiatsu

Japanese, from Chinese chĭ finger + pressure
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Word Origin and History for shiatsu


1967, from Japanese, literally "finger-pressure."

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shiatsu in Medicine


  1. A form of therapeutic massage in which pressure is applied with the thumbs and palms to those areas of the body used in acupuncture.acupressure
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