Shiatsu, Japanese "finger
pressure" therapy, stems from the same ancient oriental principles
as acupuncture. It works by stimulating
the body's vital energy flow in order to promote good health. The
Shiatsu practitioner uses thumbs, fingers, elbows and even
knees and feet to apply pressure and stretching to the energy lines
- the meridians. Shiatsu works on the principle that disease
is caused by a disturbance in the flow of energy through the body.
It has the effect of stimulating the
circulation, working on the nervous system, helping to release toxins
and deep-seated tension from the muscles and stimulating the hormone
system. Treatment usually leaves a feeling of calmness and well-being.