Case: First Aid for Migraines


I started suffering from debilitating migraines approximately 15 years ago, (when I was going ‘against my grain’ of course). I took ibuprofen on a regular basis, not to alleviate the migraines, but to prevent them.

At the time, I was already studying holistic and complementary therapies, and I came to the conclusion very quickly that this was ‘not a good idea’. My search began for a natural therapy that would cure my migraines.

An acquaintance suggested I try Jin Shin Jyutsu. I looked at him blankly and said: ‘Gin what?’ He lent me the book A Touch of Healing by Alice Burmeister, and a whole new world opened up to me. A world, where I began to Get to KNOW (Help) MYSELF.

It was so wonderfully simple, and so effective. After a time, I was able to clear my migraines in minutes. Over time, I worked on myself and with the help of a Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner who gave me sessions to clear the CAUSE of the migraines. After a while, they just stopped. 

To alleviate headaches and migraines, you can use this simple Jin Shin Jyutsu self help hold: place your fingers at the base of your thumb. Use the right hand fingers on the left base of thumb or vice versa. Hold for a few minutes, or until there is relief. Do this first step in the case of a migraine, and then hold the outsides of the heels (place the right fingers on the right heel just below the ankle and the same on the left side).

Of course, if headaches persist, then it is advisable to have them checked out by a physician, as well as seeing a JSJ Practitioner.  

Also, in my experience, it helps to drink lots of water, cut down on starches and avoid typical ‘trigger’ foods like coffee, alcohol (especially red wine), oranges, chocolate and very spicy foods.

Jin Shin Jyutsu® Classes, Books and Training



Very often, people who discover this Universal Art with roots in ancient teachings, ask me where they can learn more about it. They might have had Jin Shin Jyutsu treatments and started self help with the Practitioner.

A lot of my clients want to know more once they’ve experienced the power of some of the self help holds.

As a starting point, I always recommend The Touch of Healing by Alice Burmeister.

It’s also available in Spanish as El Toque Sanador and in other languages as well.

See the links below to order the book from



Then there are three books for Self Help written by Mary Burmeister, ideally used in conjunction with a self help class for each book.

See link to BOOKS for the self help books by Mary Burmeister

The next step

Then, you can enrol in a self help class – there are many Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioners around the world who offer these classes based on Mary Burmeister’s three self help books above.

Then there is the possibility to enrol on a five day basic seminar with an authorized Jin Shin Jyutsu instructor. There are currently 24 official Jin Shin Jytusu instructors who are authorised to teach the 5 day Basic Seminars and Special Topic Classes.

Some of the group originally learned from Mary Burmeister herself and they include: Muriel Carlton, Wayne Hackett, Jed Schwartz, Philomena Dooley and others. There are instructors who offer classes in Portuguese, Spanish, German, Dutch,  and French. There is also now an instructor who offers classes in Japanese.

The five day classes are a combination of theory and practice. Each student receives and gives a Jin Shin Jyutsu treatment each day – the practical sessions are usually quite a life changing experience in themselves!

Check the links below to see the listing of the official Jin Shin Jyutsu 5 day seminars.

Schedule of 5-day Basic Seminars (USA and International)

List of Authorised Instructors

Jin Shin Jyutsu How To Practice this Art

I often describe Jin Shin Jyutsu as ‘Acupuncture with the fingers’, but it involves no manipulation, pressure or massage, so it is safe for every body from 0-100+ years of age. This ancient healing Art harmonises and balances the life energy in the body by using the fingers and hands (over clothing) to alleviate symptoms of discomfort and disharmony. This ‘energy medicine’ is a gentle, yet powerful tool for health and well-being which is simple to learn and has immediate benefit.

Learning Jin Shin Jyutsu engages one in self study, self help. Through the process of ‘Now Know MYSELF’ we recognize the wisdom of the body, and we learn to interpret the messages provided and utilize them to restore balance. Jin Shin Jyutsu can be applied by a practitioner, but it is also powerful and effective as self help.

The Jin Shin Jyutsu Treatment (by a Practitioner)
The client lies face up and fully clothed. The JSJ practitioner uses light touch on the body over particular energy sites called Safety Energy Locks along energy pathways. Two energy sites are held simultaneously until the tension or congestion is released. Then one hand is moved to another energy site, and along areas of the body where there is tension. Each energy site can take seconds or minutes to release and re-energise. Treatments generally take 45 minutes to an hour.

Repeated treatments depend on the individual and the particular situation. Often it is for no particular ‘problem’, but as a preventative ‘tune up’ or just to treat oneself to a nurturing, relaxing and revitalising hour. After several Jin Shin Jyutsu treatments, a person can really feel the difference and has a sense of real balance and vitality, so they are better able to distinguish when they are out of balance.

Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help
Involves the same procedure as above, only difference is that one places ones own hands on the body.

Jin Shin Jyutsu Training

Many people ask me, where do I go to find out more about Jin Shin Jyutsu? Well, there is a structured Jin Shin Jyutsu training programme available in many countries. Some people go straight into the 5-day basic seminar with one of the qualified Jin Shin Jyutsu instructors – after three of these 5-day seminars students receive a practitioner’s certificate. Others like to start off with self-help classes and these are available from ‘advanced’ students all over the world – Mary Burmeister also wrote a series of self-help books that are available from various sources.

Q&A: How to Boost Your Immune System with Jin Shin Jyutsu

Question: Is there a jin shin jyutsu hold to boost the immune system? I have looked at my diet and other things, but someone told me that JSJ can help too.

Answer: Every Jin Shin Jyutsu hold and FLOW will help boost the immune system as it helps mind, body and spirit in a holistic way. However, there is a special function hold which is ‘especially designed’ to boost the immune system. It is very simple.

Place your left hand over your right shoulder (so that your fingers are over SEL11 and SEL 3) and place your right hand on your right groin (SEL 15). Vice versa for the other side. Hold for a few minutes, or at least 20-30 minutes at a time. If you have a sore throat, this will clear it in minutes. Hold the side of the sore throat. Sometimes, my sore throats clears up in SECONDS with this powerful Jin Shin Jyutsu Hold.

The Power of The Main Central

Ever feel like your energy’s all over the place? Too much in the head or too much in the legs and feet? Your body just doesn’t feel right. I had a day like that yesterday. I didn’t feel myself at all. It was very uncomfortable. So I asked my body to tell me what it needed, and the Main Central Vertical Hamonising Energy Function came up loud and clear! I went through the whole exercise which took me about an hour, and boy! did I feel like a new person after it.

In Jin Shin Jyutsu you can use Main Central for EVERYTHING, as self help and as a practitioner. It is POWERFUL. It is WONDERFUL.

You’ll find the exercise in a previous post – click on Main Central for more.