Shiatsu is a form of Japanese massage that involves applying pressure to specific points on the body to promote physical and mental well-being. The word "shiatsu" means "finger pressure" in Japanese, and the practice involves the use of fingers, palms, elbows, and knees to apply pressure to the body.
Shiatsu is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine and is believed to help improve the flow of qi, or life energy, throughout the body. The pressure applied during a shiatsu massage is said to stimulate the body's natural healing processes and to promote physical and mental balance and relaxation.
Shiatsu massage typically involves the recipient lying down, fully clothed, while the practitioner applies pressure to specific points on the body. The pressure is typically firm but not painful, and is said to be both relaxing and invigorating.