A Self Help Hold for Emergencies

In any ACUTE emergency situation I  immediately go for the EMERGENCY hold. I describe emergency situations which involve breathing difficulties, nausea, vomiting, sudden malaise, abdominal cramps, menstrual cramps…

Needless to say, this hold is by no means meant to substitute medical attention.

Jin Shin Jyutsu emergencies 2 The hold: Place the palms of your hands on the insides of the knees. This hold can also be applied to another and can be done with arms crossed or not – I personally like crossing my arms., but experiment with which way feels more comfortable and effective for you.

The energy site on the inside of the knee is called the ‘One’ – Prime Mover.

We have 26 energy sites on the right and left sides of the body which are mirror images of each other. Number 1 energy site (or ‘Safety Energy Locks’ as they are called in Jin Shin Jyutsu), are located on the insides of the knees, and are helpful in this kind of emergency because they MOVE THE ENERGY DOWN, and assist in keeping it moving, connecting our head with our toes and vice versa.

I have used the Ones in the few acute situations that I have experienced over the years, and it took a few minutes for the pain and discomfort to subside, but I held on, and I have never had recurrences.


Q&A: How Long Should I Hold For?

It is understandable that many people ask me: ‘How long should I hold this position (or that position) for’?

I have always said: ‘Until you feel relief!’

Sometimes relief is immediate, and sometimes it takes a bit of time to arrive.

In essence, by practicing Jin Shin Jyutsu we are facilitating the movement of energy, so the time it takes to move and harmonise the energy is different for every individual based on where their energy is at and what their energy is ‘doing’.

Below are some general guidelines as to when and for how long to apply a self help hold.

Generally, working on an empty stomach will ensure faster results.  In an acute situation, such as a breathing difficulty, or headache or pain, then it is wise to do the hold until there is relief. If there is no relief, after a few minutes, try a different hold – if you feel worse, stop! and go back to it at another time.

Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioners give treatments that last no more than an hour. When you work on yourself, there is no time limit per se, but I would say that if you are not feeling on top of the world then use holds that are most comfortable for you – remember to keep it simple!

Babies and the infirm require less time, so the guideline is to work no longer than 10-15 minutes on them.

When you place your hands on your body you will probably feel a pulsation in your fingers. Listen to the texture, the tone, the rhythm of that pulsation. Is it quiet, or booming? How does it change after a few minutes…does it calm down? Does it get stronger? Does it change? Do you ‘hear’ it in one hand? In both hands?

After a while, is the pulsation in both hands synchronised? If it is, then this is a sign that the body is starting to harmonise…

Jin Shin Jyutsu is about many things, but it is also about listening. When a new client comes to see me, they ask me: ‘How can you sit there so quietly not ‘DOING’ anything for a whole hour?’ Ah, but you see, I am listening to the symphony of the pulsations which are going through cycles, telling their ‘story’. And as the pulsations harmonise, time becomes timeless. It’s a beautiful experience for me (and I hope for my client as well!).

I call them pulsations for now, because listening to the pulses is a different exercise. When one listens to the pulses (in the wrists) one is listening to get a feeling of where the need is in the body, and from there, which FLOW to select to harmonise that need. That’s the lifelong study of Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Listening to the pulses is taught in Part 2 of the Jin Shin Jyutsu 5 Day Basic Seminar.


Jin Shin Jyutsu: How Long Does it Take to Heal?

Jin Shin Jyutsu is an innate wisdom that is within all of us. I say: ‘Your health, happiness and longevity lies in knowing where to put your hands on your body.’ The ancient Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu shows us how, and opens up the whole world of Getting to KNOW (Help) MYSELF. Therin lies the lifelong study of the ART.

After 10 years, I am more than ever in awe of the healing power of this Art. I have myself experienced rapid (I mean in seconds) relief from pain and discomfort, and have been empowered by the fact that I AM the one in charge of Helping MYSELF.
There are two types of conditions: Acute and Chronic. Acute conditions (seem to) flare up suddenly like for instance, appendicitis. One of my favourite stories happened to one of the Jin Shin Jyutsu instructors. He went to hospital with an acute pain in his right side – was told he had appendicitis and that he would have to be operated on. He decided to ‘wait a bit’, went home and held SEL 11 + 25 (to clear the energy down the front). Within 20 minutes, ‘something went pop’, the pain dissipated then stopped, and that was the end of that. I believe he still has his appendix! Of course, I don’t condone that just anyone do this. You’ve got to know what you’re doing.
Chronic conditions are more challenging in many respects because there are many more factors involved over a longer period of time. There could be genetic, emotional and physical issues present for instance, that would need to be worked on. I have heard stories of children born with Down’s Syndrome who, if worked on by their parents every day, will show no signs of DS by the time they are in their teens. Change the energy, change the physical.
And finally, I worked on someone living with cancer every week for years – her quality of life improved, and at the end when she left her body, she was at peace. Her healing took place in a different way.
So in answer to the question: How long does it take for Jin Shin Jyutsu to heal? I would then ask: ‘How long does it take to harmonise the breath?’