Jin Shin Jyutsu: A Pro-Active Approach to Health and Wellbeing

Jin Shin Jyutsu Health Wellbeing

If we can eat and drink what our bodies need, exercise regularly, manage stress and sleep well to aid recovery, then we are well on our way to helping the body maintain balance and harmony.

However, how can we be more pro-active about our health and wellbeing, especially as we get older?

In the film Billions in Change, Sir David Lane, a foremost scientist and expert in the field of cancer talks about how important it is to change our approach:

“…what we tend to do is think of ourselves as well until we’re ill and that’s the wrong way around. We need to be thinking about maintaining health as a much more pro-active process.

Everybody wants a shortcut; maybe I’ll take this vitamin and I’ll be better.

What we need to do is think about fundamentals, like the blood, the circulation – that’s what your heart’s doing, that’s what’s taking nutrients around the body, that’s what’s critical for eliminating waste products.

So clearly, poor circulation is the basis of a lot of illness. So anything that can help people to improve their health is very, very important…

You have to go outside the system. The current system educates people to behave in a certain way; you get ill, you go to the doctor, the doctor is a god-like figure, the doctor’s going to save you…that’s how it works. Instead of thinking: oh, I’m part of this process…I can’t be passive, I should be active.

It’s about that shift in thinking; to think about new ways of doing things.”

So I ask the question again – apart from providing the right nourishment for the body, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly – how can we be more pro-active about our health and wellbeing in a way that is accessible and effective?

Well, each one of us has a unique system of ‘energy sites’ on the body which we can work with by knowing where to place our hands.

So let me give you an example of how this energy system works.

I’d like to establish at the outset that left to its own devices, our incredibly intelligent body is capable of healing and repairing itself.

If you cut yourself, for instance, your body will jump into action to isolate and heal the area affected. If it’s a deep cut, then it will take some time to heal.

However, if you place your hands in a particular way, you will greatly help speed up the healing process (that’s because of the way the energy moves through your hands).

In my experience, when you apply Jin Shin Jyutsu to a wound, the healing really kicks in after a few minutes.

Over the last 17+ years, I (and my clients ) have experienced how Jin Shin Jyutsu also speeds up the removal of toxins and wastes from the body and greatly helps to support the immune, lymphatic and circulatory systems – thereby assisting the body to clean, regenerate and repair itself, as well as helping to clear stressors that cause discomfort and disease.

There are many clinical studies that show the positive effects of Jin Shin Jyutsu on the body.

For instance, a study at the University of California showed that Jin Shin Jyutsu helps manage and clear mucositis.

As noted in the Annals of Oncology: “Oral and gastrointestinal mucositis due to cancer therapies such as high-dose chemotherapy and/or radiation continues to be an important clinical problem.”

Another study conducted in 2012 at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center with cancer patients, found that “in each session patients experienced significant improvement in the areas of pain, stress, and nausea with the first visit and in subsequent visits as well.”

The study was led by Jin Shin Jyutsu Integrative Practitioner Jennifer Bradley who commented: “I was pleased to see quantitatively the improvements that patients noted in these primary areas of discomfort. It was interesting to note that regardless of age, sex or diagnosis, cancer patients received a statistically significant improvement in the side effects from treatment. It is encouraging to note that Jin Shin Jyutsu made improvements in these areas without adding additional unwanted effects that so often occur with medication interventions.”  

I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, saying here that Jin Shin Jyutsu is a substitute for medical diagnosis, attention and/or treatment.

What I am saying, though is that it is very important to encourage a pro-active attitude and approach to maintain optimum health and wellbeing, especially when we are well.

That, in my view, is much more empowering than just thinking of ourselves as well, until we’re not, and Jin Shin Jyutsu offers us that very elegant possibility.

Astrid Kauffmann
Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner
Self Help Teacher

Billions in Change (Film)

Jin Shin Jyutsu: New Relief and Prevention for Mouth Sores (Mucositis) in Cancer Treatment: A Case Series – By Ann Shannon, Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner.

Management of oral and gastrointestinal mucositis: ESMO Clinical Practice Guidelines
-D. E. Peterson1, R.-J. Bensadoun2 and F. Roila3 (Oxford Journals Annals of Oncology)

University of Kentucky News, Study Suggests Touch Therapy Helps Reduce Pain, Nausea in Cancer Patients, June 26, 2012

Self Help Holds vs. Medical Treatment

I am passionate about helping MYSELF. I am passionate about KNOWING where to put my hands on my body so that I stop pain FAST, boost my immune system FAST, HELP MYSELF FAST. The process of listening to my body’s signals has taken over 10 years, and the learning continues – especially as I get older and my body encounters different challenges.

I have not taken any pharmaceutical drugs for over ten years, not even aspirin. I look to natural remedies and self help holds to help my body heal itself, and this it has proved to me, intelligent that it is, to be able to do over and over again – given a chance.

There is another thing I am passionate about. And that’s showing others how to do the same. Hence, this website.

It is absolutely wonderful to get emails with questions from all over the world asking for help and advice. There are so many medical labels out there – and yes, it is scary to be given a label (often they are unpronounceable to boot).

However, I want to clarify that I in NO WAY encourage that these self help holds be used as a substitute for medical advice, treatment or diagnosis. That’s not to say that the self help holds can’t act as a day-to-day support.

For instance: studies in New York hospitals have concluded that people living with cancer got great relief from nausea by holding their thumb during the chemotherapy treatments (I would suggest holding it before and after as well!). And of course, I would suggest the Main Central exercise every day.

Jin Shin Jyutsu CLEANS HOUSE

Applying Jin Shin Jyutsu Holds to your body is like cleaning house. When the house is clean, everything can work more easily. The two largest functions of every part of your human body are to 1. take in (good) fuel (oxygen, water and food) and 2. to get rid of waste to maintain the balance of HOMEOSTASIS in the body. If you put garbage into your system (and it’s amazing how much garbage the body can take before it starts breaking down and really ‘giving’ problems) then there comes a point where the body just can’t get rid of the garbage anymore and it starts accumulating. The garbage collectors go on strike and I need not say any more….

I am happy to say, though, that Jin Shin Jyutsu not only cleans house, but also helps us in the process of listening to the body’s needs and changing our attitudes towards what we put into our bodies. This takes some time, as we have got to the point where we continue to ignore what the body is telling us. How many times have I come across someone who is diagnosed with a ‘project’. They are given drugs, and do not change their lifestyle habits. The drug is a real double edged sword because it eases (read: masks, covers) the symptoms but does not heal the cause. It gives me great joy to see that more and more of us are starting to take responsibility for our health. Conventional medicine has been really helpful to a certain point, but now it’s time to start thinking for ourselves, it’s time to start listening to ourselves, it’s time to start empowering ourselves, it’s time to start taking back control of our health for ourselves.

For me, this is the joy of Jin Shin Jyutsu. This is what I share in the self help classes, and it is inspiring to see people’s faces light up in recognition of what they already have, and what they can do to KNOW (HELP) themselves.

Jin Shin Jyutsu is SIMPLY the Getting to KNOW (Help) MYSELF – Mary Burmeister