n. (1958) Health [Semi-calque < SHIATSU しあつ (lit. needle pressure), as a loan extension of the 1859 E acupressure, which required needles] A massage therapy where the pressure of the thumbs or fingers on pressure points on the body promotes healing and relieves fatigue etc., as developed from the originally Chinese method of puncturing the body with special needles to cure disease.
(Cannon, Garland. 1996. The Japanese Contributions to the English Language: An Historical Dictionary.)


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