noun, often capitalized
shi·​at·​su | \ shē-ˈät-(ˌ)sü How to pronounce shiatsu (audio) \
variants: or less commonly shiatzu

Definition of shiatsu

: acupressure especially : a form of acupressure that originated in Japan

Examples of shiatsu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Weekly shiatsu massages, rooftop shenanigans, the Friday beer trike. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, 1 Oct. 2014 In addition to other services, guests can choose between traditional shiatsu, on tatami and futon, or a more contemporary setup with massage table and aromatic oil. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2022 Our readers love HoMedics UV sanitizers, and the brand is launching a massage pillow with deep shiatsu kneading and heating abilities to loosen muscles on your neck, back, legs and shoulders. Zoe Malin, NBC News, 16 Nov. 2020 Most back massagers available on the market offer either a shiatsu or percussion massage. Braelyn Wood,, 1 June 2020 Inside, between the glass walls, glossy floors, and dark, quiet hallways, facials, massages, and wellness tune-ups are taking place (the menu reveals options like underwater massage, electro-lymphatic drainage, and shiatsu). Jessica Chia, Allure, 25 Dec. 2019 There are shiatsu massages and facials at the spa, sportfishing for mahi-mahi and wahoo with no other boats around, surf lessons, laying down tracks in the recording studio, and hijinks on the outdoor parkour course. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Nov. 2019 Or, as the first non-English line is sung, your seat going full Brookstone shiatsu chair as everyone behind you jabs for the supertitles? Isaac Oliver, New York Times, 2 Jan. 2017 A: The name Watsu comes from the words shiatsu and water. Interview With Yourhub, The Denver Post, 10 Jan. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of shiatsu

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shiatsu

short for Japanese shiatsu-ryōhō, from shi- finger + -atsu pressure + ryōhō treatment

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More Definitions for shiatsu


noun, often capitalized
variants: also shiatzu \ shē-​ˈät-​sü How to pronounce shiatsu (audio) \

Medical Definition of shiatsu

: acupressure especially of a form that originated in Japan


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