Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on therapy originating in Japan. The characteristic of shiatsu as is to apply pressure using only the fingers, palms and especially the thumbs on points that have been related to the central and autonomic nervous systems.
A shiatsu treatment should a) involve the whole body, b) require a focused practitioner sensitive to the energy distributions of the body, and c) provide an extra dimension of connection and support (using both hands where one ‘listens’ and the other acts). The essence of shiatsu is “Diagnosis and Therapy combined.”
Shiatsu also maintains physical and mental well being, treat disease, or alleviate discomfort. This therapy is considered holistic because it attempts to treat the whole person instead of a specific medical complaint.