Called the Makko-Ho stretches, they are used by Shiatsu practitioners to keep themselves healthy and their energy levels high.
Shiatsu practitioner Susan Thomson uses the Makko-Ho stretches for herself and also in conjunction with Shiatsu massage for her clients.
She says: "The Makko-Ho exercises are something people can do for themselves at home, which will make a real positive difference.
"A Shiatsu treatment, or the Makko-Ho stretches, lift away the stones, so the energy runs freely again, like water."
The Makko-Ho stretches are different to most conventional Western-style exercises because they are done by relaxing into the movement and with no force.