Shiatsu was developed in Japan and is an extension of the 5 element theory. Primarily Shiatsu is done on a mat on the floor with the client clothed. What I enjoy about Shiatsu is that it eliminates the limitations of the table. On the table, you lie down and I stand next to you. On the mat, we are both able to get into different positions to achieve both the depth and direction of pressure desired. On the mat the pressure I can apply is unlimited and that lets me treat people more effectively. If you are like me and need deep pressure, Shiatsu is for you.