Shiatsu translates as "finger pressure". It is a Japanese massage developed in the first half of the Twentieth Century by Tokojiru Namikoshi. Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, it uses the Chinese concept of meridians, or channels of energy, as well as a bit of acupressure.
The bodywork is primarily muscle compression, joint mobilization, and stretching. Because of this, Shiatsu is excellent for relieving muscle tension and joint stiffness.
The client can expect to be fully clothed for the massage; no oil or lotion is used. The client should wear loose-fitting or otherwise movable clothing. Pajama or workout pants are ideal. The massage is typically performed on a mat on the floor, but it can be adjusted to be performed on a table, as needed.