This week I’m going to show Shiatsu acupressure technique on the upper back.

The target area is between the shoulder blade and the spine on both sides. This is the area that people carry lots of stress and tend to be very tight.

Sit by the receiver’s upper back facing the receiver’s head. Put three imaginary dots on three lines. And press each dot. So you will be pressing nine points on this typically highly tense area.

Shiatsu acupressure on upper back

I like to press these points with overlapped thumbs for stability. As always, keep your armpit closed and use your body weight to save your thumbs. And reposition yourself so you can press straight down to maximize the use of your bodyweight.

Shiatsu acupressure on upper back with overlapped thumbs

If you are generous and have time, repeat the nine-dot pattern by slightly moving upward. Eventually, the entire upper back will be pressed and the receiver will be super happy.

Repeat on the other side.

Thanks for watching. I’ll see you back next week. Make it a great week. Feel free to comment below and please don’t forget to subscribe.

Massage Monday #396 – Easy Shiatsu Acupressure on Upper Back


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  1. Thank you for sharing about acupressure. I’ll use this on my clients. It seems more and more people are having pain in the upper and lower back today! I encounter many people and massage is what people need! 😁

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