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published in 17 de Maio de 2022 | 3 reading time

"Shiatsu: The Japanese Massage that rebalances the physical and energetic circuit"

Shiatsu is a Japanese Massage whose pillar is healing or treatment through the body's energy restoration. Its main function is to restore physical, mental and emotional balance.

With this article you will learn how Shiatsu, the Japanese Massage that has therapeutic effects, works, and learn about the TopSpa Massage that combines this and other techniques for perfect harmony.

Surprise yourself with the benefits of Japanese massage through different techniques


Discover Shiatsu and the origins of Japanese Massages

Japanese Massages originate from the ancient principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and are based on the study of Yin/Yang energy, responsible for the health and harmony of the body.

Its philosophy is based on healing the individual through their natural energy that must circulate freely, allowing the body, mind and soul to be aligned. When there are obstructions to the passage of energy, or “KI” for the Japanese approach, illness can arise.

Japanese massage techniques are used all over the world and the most common is Shiatsu.

The Japanese word Shiatsu means “Shi” fingers and “atsu” pressure.

This type of Japanese Massage consists of applying pressure to specific points on the body, “the meridians”, channels through which vital energy flows. When blocked, they can cause internal dysfunctions such as digestive or respiratory problems, physical and emotional pain.

In addition to using the fingertips, therapists may also use the palms, knees, elbows, arms and feet. This Japanese Massage can be performed on the floor on a mattress or tatami, but also on a table. And, depending on the objective, Shiatsu invigorates or relaxes.


Understand why Japanese Massage is a complementary therapy

Shiatsu is a Japanese Massage practice recognized by the Japanese government as a complementary therapy.

Its effectiveness has been proven in the treatment of pathologies, as it complements conventional medicine treatments. There are studies that show how this Japanese massage has helped to improve conditions like fibromyalgia.

The benefits of this technique are many and have both short and long term effects.


In addition to the physical benefits, Shiatsu is the Japanese massage that restores the body's well-being on a psychological and spiritual level by cleaning the energy channels. All this contributes to this therapy having a very positive impact on the quality of life in the long term.

We highlight some of its positive effects in cases of chronic pathologies, such as:

  • Migraines;
  • Sinusitis and Rhinitis;
  • Arthrosis, rheumatoid arthritis and neuralgia.

As well as treating physical pain:

  • Spine and muscle pain in general;
  • Poor blood circulation and fluid retention;
  • Headaches.

And also in the relief of emotional pain, such as:

  • States of anxiety and panic syndrome;
  • Depressions;
  • Insomnia.


Shiatsu is suitable for everyone, however before enjoying this Japanese massage we recommend consulting and following medical advice in case of pregnancy, diagnosis of severe herniated discs or serious pathology that could be compromised.


Feel the effects of Shiatsu in our TOPSPA massage


TopSpa massage is a holistic ritual that combines Japanese Massage, through Shiatsu, and other techniques that have in common the holistic view of the individual.


See benefits of this massage:

Physical Level:

  • Relief of muscle, back and headache pain;
  • Elimination of toxins;
  • Stimulation of the circulatory, lymphatic and immune system.

Psychological Level:

  • Treatment of symptoms of stress, anxiety and insomnia;
  • Relaxation of the nervous system;
  • Improved well-being and self-esteem.

Energy Level:

  • Balance of energies with the elimination of their blockages;
  • Body revitalization;
  • Meditation and self-awareness.


This is the best way to experience the Japanese Shiatsu Massage in a perfect combination with other techniques to enjoy a full moment and achieve physical and energetic balance.


A TOPSPA Consultants é a empresa líder na área de consultoria e gestão de Spas no mercado hoteleiro, em Portugal. Fundada em 2015 com a ambição de ser a melhor a empresa a operar no mercado Wellness & Spa em Portugal, possui atualmente 8 Spas em gestão própria e o maior número de prémios atribuídos pelos World Luxury Spa Awards. A divulgação e partilha de conhecimento, são parte integrante dos valores da empresa, efetuada através de formação profissional, palestras, workshops e docência das disciplinas de Saúde e Bem-Estar em diversos cursos Superiores e Técnicos nas Escolas de Hotelaria e Turismo.

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