History of Shiatsu
Tokujiro Namikoshi, Originator of Shiatsu
Shiatsu was developed in Japan by Tokujiro Namikoshi. As a boy, he discovered that by using a simple thumb pressing technique, he was able to heal his mother of rheumatoid arthritis. This experience sparked a life-long devotion to exploring, developing and refining his techniques.
Namikoshi mapped out the points on the body that stimulate the body’s anatomical systems when pressure is applied with the thumbs. (For some points, the fingers or palms are used). Specific patterns are used to promote the body to use its natural powers to balance, regulate and heal itself.
Namikoshi systemized his techniques and methods so that he could teach others. His methods are taught at the Japan Shiatsu College in Tokyo, which he founded in 1940. The Shiatsu techniques developed by Namikoshi are recognized by the Japanese Ministry of Health as a distinct and effective therapy.