Details Shiatsu Massage A form of Japanese bodywork, shiatsu involves localized pressure using the therapist's fingers (or sometimes hands and elbows), applied in a rhythmic sequence along the body. Each point is held for about two to eight seconds. With roots in traditional Chinese medicine, the goal of shiatsu is to stimulate acupressure points on the body to improve the flow of energy and help regain balance. Since no oil or lotion is used, you wear loose clothing. Shiatsu is normally done on a mat on the floor or on a low massage table and is often used to reduce stress and protect against stress-related health issues. It's also believed effective for treating conditions like arthritis, insomnia, back and neck pain, sciatica, and even sinus problems. Shiatsu may help increase energy, promote recovery from injuries, and stimulate the digestive system.