Shiatsu is a form of acupressure used in Japan for more than 1,000 years. Shiatsu, a Japanese word meaning finger pressure, uses varying rhythms and degrees of pressure to balance the life- energy that flows through specific pathways (meridians) in the body. Tension is released and weak areas are strengthened to allow for even circulation, cleansing of the cells, and improved vital organ function. Shiatsu can diagnose, prevent and relieve many chronic and acute conditions manifesting on both physical and emotional levels.