Shiatsu is a form of massage where firm pressure is applied to specific spots on the body, following the body's meridians (or energy lines) and allowing trapped energy to leave the body. This release of trapped energy promotes the flow of vital (life force) energy, also known as "chi."
Shiatsu is typically done on a low massage table or on a mat on the floor and is usually performed with the client fully clothed. The sequence is similar to other types of massage, though no massage oil is used. Shiatsu massage can promote health and healing while supporting increased energy, promoting recovery from injuries and often stimulating the digestive system to aid in digestive health.