Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork, based on ancient Chinese medicine. According to Asian medicine, the body's energy, or qi, moves along specific pathways (meridians or channels) around the body. The qi can become blocked or deficient in certain areas, resulting in pain, discomfort or other problems. The therapist uses various shiatsu techniques such as hand and finger pressure, gentle stretches and joint mobilizations, within the client's tolerance, to correct imbalances in qi and increase body and mind awareness. Shiatsu can be performed on a futon on the floor or on a massage table, without oils or lotions. The client wears loose-fitting clothes.