Zen Shiatsu is a form of bodywork that works muscles, joints, and nerves, but also energy within the meridians (known as qi). It encourages release of blockages and brings the body into a relaxed state to encourage self-healing. A shiatsu session includes rotation of limbs, stretching of muscles, and stimulating points along the meridians of the body, from the head and face down to the toes and fingers. Unlike traditional massage, shiatsu is done on a soft futon mat on the floor. You will lie down on the mat and the practitioner will engage your body, moving it around as necessary – it is a bit like having yoga done to you.