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Shiatsu Massage Chair

Shiatsu Massage Chair – If you are looking for a Shiatsu Massage Chair? You are in the right spot! Below I have provided you with the details on some of the best Shiatsu massage chairs out on the market today. Before I get into those details, I wanted to briefly go over the history of Shiatsu and the history behind the Shiatsu Massage Chair.

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This is an image of Hokkaido Japan during the winter.
Hokkaido Japan in the Winter

The History Behind The Shiatsu Massage Chair

Shiatsu Massage Chair – The late Tokujiro Namikoshi is the Founder of Shiatsu Therapy. He was born on November 3rd, 1905 in Kagawa on the island of Shikoku in Japan. When he was a young boy his family moved to Hokkaido where the weather can get very cold and bitter. 

Image of Tokujiro Namikoshi Sensei who invented the Shiatsu massage technique
Tokujiro Namikoshi

Tokujiro’s mother had developed rheumatoid arthritis resulting from years of hard physical labor.  To add to it, there is the change of seasons in Hokkaido where the weather changes from a warm to a cold and damp climate. 

They lived in a desolate area and there was no doctor or medicine available at the time. Tokujiro, only 7 years old, tried to help his mother ease her pain. 

He found that by pressing on her body with his thumbs, she felt better. Unlike, the usual rubbing or stroking you would see in a typical massage. 

Tokujiro focused on putting pressure on specific points that he found along the cervical spine area. In addition, he applied pressure to other points along her middle and lower back. He also learned about the relationship between the Adrenal glands and rheumatism. Eventually, his mother’s rheumatoid arthritis was cured by Tokujiro’s treatment. She ended up living in good health to be 88 years old.

What is Shiatsu?

The word Shiatsu actually does not have meaning in Latin alphabetical characters. Translating the meaning of Shiatsu to English is “SHI” for finger, “OYAYUBI” is the thumb. The “ATSU” means pressure. When you put it all together Shiatsu translated means “finger or thumb pressure”. 

Shiatsu is an original hands-on Japanese therapy and was first recognized into Japanese law in 1955 along with the textbook “Theory and Practice of Shiatsu” that was published by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in December 1957.

Shiatsu is characterized as a technique that uses fingers and the palm of a hand for applying pressure to certain surface parts on the body. It is for the sole purpose of correcting the imbalances of the body and maintaining and promoting good health. It is also a method contributing to the healing of certain illnesses.

The following three points are the foundation of Shiatsu therapy:

  1. Only use the bare hands without the use of any tools or other parts of the body like elbows and knees.
  2. To put pressure on the surface of the body. But there can be no stroking, pulling or rubbing.
  3. It provides maintenance and enhances the health or recovery of illnesses.

Those three concepts are the most important when describing Shiatsu as defined by the Japanese people. The essentials of Shiatsu is to practice it using only the fingers, palms and thumbs and the crux of Shiatsu is “Diagnosis and Therapy combined.”

The heart of Shiatsu is called ‘Te-ate’ and the meaning in Japanese is ‘hands-on’. When we feel pain, its human behavior to place a hand on the afflicted location. This reaction is in pursuit to relieve the pain. That behavior is known as ‘Te-ate’. In North America and many other parts of the world, ‘Te-ate’ is generally referred to as ‘Medical Treatment’.

Over 2000 years ago during the mythological age in Japan, there was a ‘Waka’ which is a Japanese poem. The poem talks about Sukunahikona-kami who was the first doctor in Japan. He used to heal people with his bare hands.

If you were to do any research on people healing others with their bare hands? There is a plethora of data on this throughout the world. This practice has evolved into different forms depending on where you live on this planet. It is called ‘Chiropractic’ in the United States, ‘Massage’ in Europe, Anma and Tsuina in China, and Shiatsu in Japan.

Shiatsu Health Benefits

Computer keyboard with a actual old door key on it. There is a computer key titled "Health Benefits" with a human finger on it.

The traditional Shiatsu technique is performed by professionally trained Shiatsupractors. It can help you if you are suffering from any of the following:

Common Physical Symptoms:

  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Stiff Shoulder
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Backache
  • Sciatica
  • Neck Pains
  • Whiplash
  • Arthritic pains

Chronic Disorders

  • Accumulation of Fatigue
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Constipation

Autonomic Imbalance

  • Menopause
  • Insomnia

Fatigue and Injury Prevention

  • General common issues with athletes.

Other Disorders

  • Blood Pressure Control
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Liver Disorders
  • Kidney Disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke Recovery

Shiatsu Massage Chair

A Shiatsu Massage Chair

When you combine the creation of Shiatsu from Mr. Tokujiro Namikoshi and the invention of the massage chair from Mr. Nobuo Fujimoto. Years later, you have the “Shiatsu Massage Chair.” If you would like to know more about Mr. Nobuo Fujimoto and the birth of the massage chair? I have written about it and go into more detail here.

Technology is making it possible to be able to replicate various different massage techniques that are performed by professionals like a Shiatsupractor or Massage Therapist. 

To be honest, there is no massage chair or product out on the market that can completely replicate a Shiatsupractor. The same applies if you were to compare a massage therapist to a product like a massage chair. That does not mean a massage chair will not give you a great massage? It is simply a different type of massage.  However, how many times and whenever you want a massage by having a massage chair is endless!

The following chairs I have listed are some of the best Shiatsu massage chairs.  Why? Their signature feature is the Shiatsu massage technique. The other reason is have spent some in these chairs and I know they deliver a top-notch massage, every time!

InstaShiatsu+ Massage Chair MC-500

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InstaShiatsu+ Rocking Massage Chair MC-500 from Trumedic.

I have to say the InstaShiatsu+ MC-500 Massage Rocking Chair is an awesome piece of work that blends a small frame with high-tech massage therapy. This massage chair will fit in any size room.  Anything from the living room to the bedroom, and it’s a perfect fit for a nursery. You can rock your baby to sleep and get a massage at the same time. Who knows? You make rock yourself to sleep in the process.

Tailor Your Massage

The MC-500 has 4 preloaded massage programs and 3 different massage techniques to choose from. The intensity of the rollers can be adjusted along with the airbags. You can also adjust the angle of recline to make each massage exactly that way you want it.


It includes a wireless remote control for adjusting your massage the way you like it.

InstaShiatsu+ Rocking Massage Chair MC-500 Remote Control

Zero Gravity

InstaShiatsu+ Rocking Massage Chair MC-500 zero gravity feature.

I was really impressed to see the zero-gravity feature was incorporated into this chair. Let alone a rocking chair! As I stated, this chair can be reclined into the zero-gravity position. This will take your weight off those joints and your spine. Resulting in a feeling of weightlessness and total relaxation.

Built-in Foot and Calf Massagers

InstaShiatsu+ Rocking Massage Chair MC-500 Foot Rollers.

The MC-500 has calf massagers that are built into the footrest for a soothing foot massage. The footrest can be flipped forward to reveal a Shiatsu massager that is made for targeting the bottom of your feet.

MC-500 Rocking Massage Chair Video

InstaShiatsu+ Massage Chair MC-1000

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A man sites in the InstaShiatsu+ Massage Chair MC-1000.

The InstaShiatsu+ Massage Chair MC-1000 will give you spa-quality relaxation without having to step outside your home. With stress you get discomfort and this happens to us when we least expect it. 

Many of us have days when we strain our necks from looking at one type of a screen or another. Maybe you sit in a car for lengthy periods of time during the day? Are you on your feet all day and find those puppies killing you when its time to go home.  

You can stop putting yourself through that agonizing discomfort. Having ongoing massage therapy is a great way to reduce any stress and resolve your discomfort. The MC-1000 enables you to change your life for the better.

This image shows the InstaShiatsu+ Massage Chair MC-1000 in the zero-gravity position.

Custom Adjustment Capabilities

The Shiatsu massage chair has cutting edge body scan technology that will detect the position of your body along with the shape of your spine. This is done while it identifies the areas of tension for providing a massage that is custom-made for your body. 

If you enjoy a foot massage this chair targets specific pressure points for alleviating aches and easing your pain. It has compression airbags that will gently grip, stretching your arms and hands.

You can continue to tailor this Shiatsu massage chair shifting the backrest, seat, and leg rest for finding that perfect position so you can relax. In a way, it is like having a personal massage therapist. It only takes about thirty seconds in one of these babies and you will be hooked!

Once you feel the deep-kneading shiatsu massage soothing your muscles it could be lights out, literally! It will not be the first, nor the last time someone has fallen asleep in a Shiatsu massage chair.

InstaShiatsu+ Massage Chair MC-1000 Video

InstaShiatsu+ Massage Chair MC-1500

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InstaShiatsu+ Massage Chair MC-1500

You can sit back and relax in one of the sleekest and condensed massage chairs you could ever find. The MC-1500 Massage Chair fits great no matter where you live because of its design. The chair comes with calming shiatsu massage rollers and airbag compression constructed into the backrest, seat, and footrest. It delivers an all-encompassing massage over your entire body that will take care of those aches and pains.

A Very Effective Massage Chair

Leave that stress and discomfort in the past with the TruMedic InstaShiatsu+ MC-1500 Massage Chair. You can kick back and unwind in one of the most trendy and compact massage chairs out on the market today. The MC-1500 Massage Chair will fit anywhere, be it in an apartment, a house or anywhere you want a relieving massage. It comes with soothing shiatsu massage rollers and airbag compression built into the seat, backrest, and footrest.

TruMedic InstaShiatsu+ MC-1500 Massage Chair.

Customize Your Session

This massage chair has 5 massage modes: Shiatsu (of course), Knocking, Kneading, Tapping, along with continual Tapping/Kneading. There are 6 auto massage functions and those include Comfort, Full Body, Shoulder and Neck, Waist and Back. There are 3 variable air pressure intensities and 3 memory massage functions. This enables the MC-1500 to provide you with a consistent massage, day after day.

Contemporary Design

The MC-1500’s smooth modern design makes it a great fit for any location if you want easy access to massage therapy. Take a seat and relax with a deep-kneading shiatsu massage whenever you want it. The effects are instantaneous and very impactful.

InstaShiatsu+ MC-1500 Massage Chair Video

InstaShiatsu+ Massage Chair MC-2000

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InstaShiatsu+ Massage Chair MC-2000

The InstaShiatsu+ Massage Chair MC-2000 is one of their best selling massage chairs. It is more than just a Shiatsu massage chair, it is a tranquil experience. Enjoy a massage that covers your entire body. From your shoulders to your neck and arms, waist, butt and more! 

Every function is specifically designed to replicate the real sensations of a professional massage. It has an easy to use and well-labeled remote control to provide you with the freedom to customize your massage to fit your needs and mood.

This shows the remote in a pocket of the InstaShiatsu+ Massage Chair MC-2000.

Beautifully Crafted Shiatsu Massage Chair

The beautifully-crafted InstaShiatsu+™ MC-2000 is designed to rejuvenate you both mentally and physically. The comfortable Shiatsu massage chair is designed for comfort. It will completely support your body and you can adjust it to get maximum comfort.


This is the InstaShiatsu+ Massage Chair MC-2000 in the zero-gravity position with the chair reclined back.

With a single press of a button, you can recline into the zero-gravity position. You will feel yourself floating, weightless, taking the pressure off of your lower back. It has advanced 3D rollers that can travel in 3 axes. This offers additional flexibility and a wider surface area for your massage experience.

You have total control over the pressure of your massage and can target the difficult, hard to reach knots in your back. There is an option to connect your mobile device via Bluetooth. This makes it convenient so you can listen to music, audiobooks, or anything else through the built-in speakers.

Advanced Technology

You will have the latest in innovation that includes new 3D technology that will allow this Shiatsu massage chair to extend and press into your back. The wave-like motion from the advanced airbag technology is ideal for relieving muscle tension, realistically resembling the motion of hands. 

The MC-2000 Shiatsu Massage Chair is a total spa experience in a chair. You will be able to wave goodbye to pain and discomfort from the delight of your own home.

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InstaShiatsu+ Massage Chair MC-3000

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InstaShiatsu+ Massage Chair MC-3000

Be a part of the latest discovery in massage therapy technology all in one lustrous and good-looking chair. This Shiatsu massage chair has multi-layered compression airbags for creating an influx-like motion that is perfect for relieving your muscle tension. InstaShiatsu+ Massage Chair MC-3000 is the Lamborghini Shiatsu massage chairs.

Give Your Body the Best

Massage therapy offers an array of benefits both mental and physical. They can take away the stress improving your quality of life. Give yourself that deep-kneading Shiatsu massage that your body will love you for it.

The InstaShiatsu+ MC-3000 provides the ability to create a personalized massage experience. The simple VFD control panel is constructed for making simple massage choices. You can control the intensity and pick the massage technique to fit your needs. Allowing you to focus on relieving pain or recovery.

This Shiatsu massage chair comes complete with advanced 3D rollers for easy movement in 3 axes. That will give you more flexibility widening the surface area for your massage. Then you can recline to the zero-gravity position that is highly recommended by physicians. rThe zero-gravity will relieve the pressure on your lower back and make you feel weightless.

There have been measurements recorded by Nasa astronauts while in orbit. They have shown that the zero-gravity places the musculoskeletal system in the most rested condition. This natural posture promotes a non-stressed muscle system, it correctly aligns the vertebrae, makes for better breathing, improves your digestion, and enhancing circulation.

This Shiatsu massage chair will turn any room in your home into a special relaxing space. Experience full-body relief from those aches and pains. It’s instant comfort in your home whenever you want it.

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