Shiatsu is a bodywork therapy that originated within the Oriental Healing Arts. It incorporates the theory of Acupuncture, which proposes that energy, known as “chi” (or “ki”), moves through the body along well-defined passageways called meridians. Balanced energy flow through these passageways is considered to be essential for health and well-being. Shiatsu utilizes traditional Acupuncture points, but employs manipulation and pressure from the thumbs, fingers and palms rather than needles or mechanical instruments. This Japanese bodywork technique has been found exceptionally effective for stress-reduction, reducing fatigue and alleviating a wide spectrum of symptoms such as: joint and muscle pain, back pain, shoulder and neck problems, headaches, constipation and cramps.