Wellness dictionary

Little ABC for your spa-break questions ...

In their treatment discriptions, wellness hotels often use technical terms, which are hard to understand for potential guests. We have therefore collected and defined the most relevant terms in our small wellness ABC. A tip: Our wellness dictionary also supports word requests. You don't need to know the exact wording.


Shiatsu is a Japanese holistic massage method with roots in the Chinese tuina massage and the Japanese anma massage. Even in Western medicine and psychology, shiatsu massage is sometimes used. Whilst acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine goes back over thousands of years, shiatsu is a relatively new treatment method. Literally translated shiatsu means finger pressure. However, the massage is not only carried out with the fingers, it also includes the use of the palms, elbows and feet. Shiatsu is practised on a soft mat on the floor implementing calm and flowing movements. The shiatsu therapist works with deep pressure along the energy lines as in acupuncture, the so called meridians. When performing shiatsu, it is important to be aware of a respectful mindfulness towards yourself and the client. Shiatsu is related to acupressure.

In 1964 shiatsu was officially recognised as an independent treatment method by the Japanese Health Ministry. It was defined as a “form of manual treatment carried out using the thumbs, fingers and palms without the aid of tools”. Through deep, gentle pressure on the skin, shiatsu massage helps to eliminate problems affecting the organs and contributes to better general health. It can also help in cases of stress and nervousness, circulation disorders, headaches, tiredness, lack of energy and disturbances of the autonomic nervous system. Shiatsu stimulates the autonomic nervous system and as well as having a balancing and harmonising effect on the body.

Through the stimulation and harmonisation of the energy flow (qi), blockages can be removed, self healing power is activated and psychological balance is encouraged.