Shiatsu in essence is a way of listening to what is going on from the perspective of the whole body-mind but also from how the client speaks, moves and “is.” The practitioner gives space to what needs attention and balance through hands-on pressure and manipulation. Shiatsu has been popularly called "acupuncture without needles" harmonising physical, mental and emotional energies through touch. .
Shiatsu literally means "finger pressure."
Shiatsu had its origins in China over five millennia ago based on the Chinese masters’ systematic understanding of the human body. That steady process of meticulously recording changes in the state of human life was mirrored by noticing changes in nature through the seasons. All of this "aliveness-in-process" fostered the development of acupuncture, the understanding of the relationship between Yin (feminine energy) and Yang (masculine energy) and an immensely detailed map of the energetic body.
This oriental knowledge eventually reached Japan where, over centuries, it was adapted to a hands-on system using mainly palms, thumbs and fingers as a healing energy-therapy.
A lot of healing may occur when the body-mind returns to balance and homeostasis. One profound aspect of Shiatsu is the deep rest you may receive from a session. Allowing rest and sufficient pauses in one's life may really help the whole nervous system to stay rooted in a deeper silence, anchored in the Earth and yet fully awake to the challenges of everyday life.