PMS (Pre – and Post! – Menstrual Syndrome) – A sudden cramping in the pelvis is very uncomfortable and painful to say the least. I personally discovered how powerful this amazing Jin Shin Jyutsu hold is. One day when I was driving, a sudden and excruciating cramp came on. Luckily it was just as I stopped at a red light. My instinct told me to ‘sandwich’ my pelvis. Imagine my astonishment as within seconds, the pain and cramp subsided and by the time the light turned green, it had completely DISAPPEARED. I’ve never had pain like that again in the pelvic area.
The self help hold is actually part of the dynamic Main Central Vertical (MCV) exercise. It’s the last position of the MCV: Left fingers/hand are placed just above the pubic bone (front of body) and right fingers/hand are placed under the coccyx/tailbone (right at the base of the spinal column) – see an older post on this blog for the full Main Central Vertical flow or follow the link above.
This hold is also good for heavy legs, poor circulation, cold feet and legs that ‘jump’.
Jin Shin Jyutsu physio-philosophy is an ancient Japanese healing art. Easy to learn the self help, easy and safe to use for every body from ages 0-100+. The Magic is in your hands.
Fatigue colours our world and affects how we feel, and Jin Shin Jyutsu is one of the most powerful ways to overcome fatigue.
Time after time, I have tried and tested these holds and it is absolutely amazing how my whole world can change in 20 minutes – purely because I have been able to energise myself. And if I can, you can too with this simple exercise.
The Spleen energy governs our energy levels and this exercise is very powerful for vitality and calm (one needs energy to stay calm, believe it or not!) – 20 minutes minimum every day.
The Spleen is the biggest lymphatic organ in the body and if kept happy, helps all the other organs.
In Jin Shin Jyutsu, a sequence of HOLDS is referred to as a FLOW. The following self-help flow can be used to revitalise and re-energise the whole system, and to be ‘happy and content where ever you are’. Use it to regulate the body’s temperature (to warm the body when it’s cold, to cool the body when it’s hot), and to balance the nervous system (to calm).
Hold each step for a few minutes or until you feel you want to move to the next position. Tip: put on a chill out CD and when the track changes, move the hands to the next position… The music can add a wonderful dimension to the session…
GENERAL ENERGY REVITALISING FLOW (Spleen Flow)
(Right energy pattern)
Place Left hand on base of spine (coccyx)
Place Right hand on right inside of heel
Move Right hand and place on left base of rib cage and hold
Move Left hand and place on right above breast area
Move Left hand and place on left center of collar bone
So to summarise: the Spleen flow helps beat fatigue, insomnia, headaches, anxiety and much more. It stimulates the immune system, helps the digestive system, helps regulate our body temperature (you can use it to warm and to cool the body – isn’t that great?) – this flow also helps the skin, helps beat the attitude of WORRY and well, it’s just a great general all round wonder flow – use it with HUMILITY AND GRATITUDE!
Question: I am having trouble with my right leg. It goes numb and tingles. It starts from my toes now its all the way up to my leg. This only happens when I sit down on my bed. Awaiting your response. This is a great concern of mine. I would be very grateful if you can help me.
Answer: Numbness in the feet – yes, i sometimes have that too when I’ve been sitting too long at the computer!
Reflexology would be a wonderful way to release the tension, not only in the feet but also in the rest of the body, or you might want to have a session with an Osteopath or a Mctimoney Chiropractor to release the tension, which I think might be coming from the sacrum or the lower back…
However, in terms of JSJ holds, there are a couple of things you can do.
To help the feet, with left hand, hold right little toe, while you place your right fingers on the outside of the right heel just below the ankle bone. This is the the energy site number 16. Reverse the hands for the other side.
Another helpful Jin Shin Jyutsu hold for the feet is: hold right 16 with left fingers, and place right hand/fingers on the outside of the right calf muscle on the bone about 2 inches down from the knee – hold until you feel a pulse then hold until the pulse settles down, then hold again for a while (at least 20 minutes)
Also do Main Central Exercise every day if you can; especially the last position where you hold the pubic bone and the coccyx
Note: I received this lovely letter about Jin Shin Jyutsu a while back and have published it with Helen’s permission..
I have been studying and using JSJ off and on for the past few years and I just wanted to tell you about one of my most amazing experiences.
I have or have had (?) an ongoing problem with my spine. One of the discs in my mid to lower back used to become displaced through damage and wear. At its worst I could not straighten, used to cry out in pain getting in and out of a car, and could not walk, sit or lie down without constant pain. I had chiropractic treatment, Bowen, osteopathy and consulted a sports injury specialist. I used to go to a therapist to have poisonous fluid drained and the disc put back, every 3 months or so. The more fluid, the more pain. This particular therapist told me the area was very delicate and worn and would only get worse. He said that I would need to have this treatment or something similar probably for the rest of my life to try to manage it as best we could.
Aged 51 after discovering horses for the first time in my life 12 months earlier, I went to Portugal and was chosen by my Lusitano Tui. A then young 5 year old stallion, largely unhandled, he had only just begun his training as a riding horse. I had no experience of handling horses and only a small amount of riding experience during the 12 months prior to buying him, and each time I would endure excruciating pain in my right hip and my back. Yet I was driven to become involved with horses and brought him home as a gelding.
One day whilst walking my dogs in the woods behind my house, I was accidently knocked to the ground by one of them. After struggling back to my feet, I found I couldn’t straighten, could hardly walk and the pain was really bad. I knew from all my past experiences that the disc has been displaced.
I don’t know how I managed to get back home and I then went through 48 hours of terrible pain. I was determined this time to sort it out for myself and began by giving myself Reiki (I am a Reiki Master). It was comforting but that’s all and by this time I was high from pain and lack of sleep. I tried to manipulate appropriate acupressure points but it was too painful. Then I remembered JSJ. I looked through my book The Touch of Healing and decided that the Main Central was the movement to try.
I worked with this move all through the night. In the early hours of the morning I found that I was shaking all over, had the worst headache ever and a high fever; it felt like I had a good dose of the flu. I knew it had worked though and that this was my healing crisis. After having some blessed sleep, I woke to no pain!
That was almost 4 years ago. I have not been back to my therapist and my horse and I enjoy riding bareback and bitless down the country roads and lanes where I live. I do not have any problem with hips, neck, hands feet or back after riding or handling my wonderful horse and I walk on average 2 to 3 miles a day either with my dogs or horse or both!
It remains to be seen whether my disc has actually mended itself. My therapist certainly believed that the disc was worn and damaged and was not something that would improve. And, he was genuinely horrified when I bought my horse! He is skilled therapist and a lovely, caring man and he helped me alot and for this I am truly grateful.
However, I am even more grateful to my Higher Self for guiding me to horses and JSJ!