Shiatsu in Japanese means “finger pressure”; it is a type of alternative medicine consisting of finger and palm pressure, stretches, and other massage techniques. Shiatsu is an implausible therapy, and there is no evidence of its effectiveness. Shiatsu practitioners promote it as a way to help people relax and cope with issues such as stress, muscle pain, nausea, anxiety, and depression.
Tokujiro Namikoshi (1905-2000) invented shiatsu and founded the first shiatsu college in 1940.
According to Quackwatch, shiatsu draws on concepts from the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Shiatsu is usually performed on a futon mat, with clients fully clothed.