What is Shiatsu Massage Technology?

In Eastern medicine, achieving balance within our body, mind and surroundings is believed to be the foundation for treating illnesses and living a healthy life. Shiatsu massage is a form of therapy that helps people achieve this essential equilibrium.

Originating in Japan with roots in traditional Chinese medicine, the word “shiatsu” is derived from the Japanese term for “finger pressure.” The shiatsu massage technique is based on the same principles as acupuncture. Using the fingers, thumbs and palms, a masseuse applies pressure to specific acupressure points on the body to improve the flow of energy, known as qi (pronounced “chee”). By removing blockages in the qi, the body is able to heal, relax and maintain mental, physical and emotional balance.

What Does a Shiatsu Massage Chair Feel Like?

Shiatsu is a full-body, deep-pressure massage technique, and a mode featured in most massage chairs.

Have you ever experienced the relief of a person walking on your back? Shiatsu massage chairs are a safer version of this technique. In a shiatsu massage chair, the rollers are designed to mimic a masseuse’s hands, fingers and fists by applying deep pressure in a continuous sequence. This can feel like a relieving chiropractic decompression stretch.

Benefits of Shiatsu Massage Chair Technology

According to the Acupuncture Massage College, shiatsu massage therapy can be beneficial for the following conditions:


Depression and anxiety
Chronic pain, such as fibromyalgia
Digestive issues
Sleep disorders
Migraines and headaches
Sprains and strains


Shiatsu can also help increase your energy levels, stimulate healing and relieve stress. With your very own shiatsu massage chair, you can experience many of these benefits from the comfort of your own home!

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Shop the Best Shiatsu Massage Chairs

Shiatsu technology can be found in many of the top massage chair brands. We’ve compiled a selection of the top shiatsu massage chairs below — some of which also come with advanced features like zero gravity, Bluetooth® connectivity and more!

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