Shiatsu is a Japanese form of massage. It’s based on the theory that health depends on the balanced flow of energy through certain channels in the body. Therapists believe placing pressure on these channels helps restore energy balance. They may also gently stretch or hold areas of the body to reduce stiffness and soreness.
Although some people feel shiatsu eases pain and other symptoms, there’s very little medical evidence to support this. But many people still find it a relaxing or uplifting experience.