Literally translated from Japanese: "pressure with fingers" (shi = fingers, atsu = pressure). A Japanese bodywork therapy with its origins based in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Works on the balance of ki energy within the body. Rhythmic pressure is placed along the meridians and acupuncture points. The treatment involves pressure with palms, hands or thumbs, also involved are stretches, rotations and gentle manipulations of the musculo -skeletal system and connective tissue.