Shiatsu – Shape of Thumb Describes the Experience of Therapist


Shiatsu literally means “finger pressure”. The shiatsu therapist applies steady pressure massage on a client’s acupuncture points to create therapeutic responses. With training and numerous treatments provided over the years, a shiatsu therapist’s thumbs get stronger; thus he/she is able to place virtually his/her whole body weight onto his or her thumbs.

The therapist’s thumbs become larger over the years due to providing a great number of treatments. When this therapy is applied by a skilled practitioner, clients feel comfortable “tender pain”, even when a great amount of pressure is being applied on their body. This is due to the larger contact area from enlarged thumbs and from the way pressure is applied. In contrast, when shiatsu is applied by beginners, clients may experience sharp annoying pain with uneven shaky pressure. Clients can tell the amount of clinical experience of the therapist not only by how it feels during and after the treatment but also by observing the thumbs of the therapist.*

*Note: there are exceptions, since some shiatsu therapists are accustomed to using elbows instead of thumbs.

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2 Responses to Shiatsu – Shape of Thumb Describes the Experience of Therapist

  1. Dorline says:

    Most requested masasge does vary by region. Kellydran1 listed myofascial release trigger point as popular in her area. Folks in my region hate both so I rarely ever use it. If you want to get a job instead of working for yourself, there are two good options for employment, spas or medical clinics like chiropractors and acupuncturists.Relaxing Swedish masasge with hot stones is very popular in spas. Medical masasge such as neuromuscular and myoskeletal alignment techniques are perfect for medical clinics. You can go to work right out of school doing Swedish. You will probably need additional training after school to learn the medical work, unless you find a school that specializes in it.Most schools aren’t in the business of helping you learn masasge. They take your money to prepare you for the licensing exams but not much more.I’ve included some links to articles that discuss the most popular types of masasge. Good luck in your search!

    • Jainu says:

      You are such a good boyfriend! For a woman with a lot on her plate, a deep tusise massage would be perfect for her. I also once had an awesome scalp and neck massage at a spa recently, which was absolutely amazing. I was more relaxed after that massage than any other massage I’ve ever had. They use these amazing oils, I was definitely a fan

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