Shiatsu is a style of bodywork developed in Japan. It is similar to acupuncture, but uses finger pressure instead of needles. Shiatsu's name comes from two Japanese words -- "shi", meaning finger and "atsu", meaning pressure. Shiatsu's goal is to restore the healthy flow of energy throughout the body. During a Shiatsu massage, unlike a Swedish massage, the recipient does not disrobe and wears loose clothing. Shiatsu, like Thai Massage, is performed on a mat on the floor. The practitioner uses his/her fingers, thumbs and palms to apply pressure to specific points along the body's energy pathways, known as meridians. Other techniques such as rocking, stretches and joint rotations and guided meditation are also used. Shiatsu treatment is holistic, addressing the whole body rather than just focusing on the one area where symptoms are most obvious, and focuses also on the mind/body connection. A shiatsu session usually lasts between 75-90 minutes.