Shiatsu has been shown, in just-released research, to result in clients’ making positive lifestyle changes.

Shiatsu is a popular touch-therapy technique that is a component of Asian bodywork which originated in Japan, involving finger pressure, massage and use of elbows to apply bodywork,

A longitudinal, six-months observational, pragmatic study of the effects and experience of shiatsu within three European countries (Austria, Spain and the UK) showed that three-quarters of the study’s clients received advice on exercise, diet, posture, points to work on at home or other ways of self-care, according to information published on, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

“At six months follow-up, about four-fifths reported making changes to their lifestyle ‘as a result of having shiatsu treatment,’ including taking more rest and relaxation or exercise, changing their diet, reducing time at work and other changes such as increased body/mind awareness and levels of confidence and resolve,” the researchers noted.

“Building on the findings, an explanatory model of possible ways that a CAM therapy could contribute to health promotion is presented to guide future research, both within and beyond CAM,” the researchers noted. “Supporting individuals to take control of their self-care requires advice-giving within a supportive treatment context and practitioner relationship, with clients who are open to change and committed to maintaining their health. CAM modalities may have an important role to play in this endeavour.”