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Is Shiatsu or Swedish Massage Right for Me?

Which massage style, Shiatsu or Swedish, is aligned with my unique needs? A more complete understanding of these styles of massage will help you find the massage that you want to receive everyday.

The Basics of Shiatsu and Swedish Massage

The Shiatsu massage style derives from eastern healing arts embraced by Japanese culture and has been referred to as an ‘energy medicine.’

The term shiatsu translates as finger pressure. Applying pressure with fingers, thumbs, and palms to strategic locations on the body defines this massage technique.

Shiatsu massage focuses on body harmony, provides relief from chronic pain, and enhances the body’s energy level.


The Swedish massage style known as the ‘classic massage’ is a western form of massage.