Jin Shin Jyutsu First Aid for Pain Relief

jin shin jyutsu fast pain relief

I have experienced many incidents when I was able to manage and control pain in my body with Jin Shin Jyutsu holds. It constantly amazes me that knowing where to put the hands on the body can have such a dramatic and speedy effect!

This is one of my most dramatic and personal experiences of pain relief:

My father was in hospital and had just come out of surgery when I got to his bedside. The anaesthetic was wearing off and he was in much pain. His face was all contorted and he was hanging on for dear life to the side rails of his bed.

I went straight for his right foot. I placed my RIGHT fingers on the INSIDE of his RIGHT heel (below the ankle), and my LEFT fingers on the OUTSIDE of his RIGHT heel (below the ankle). I held, without any pressure, without any massage. (For the left foot, hold the inside of the heel with the right fingers and the outside of the heel with the left fingers – same as the right)

Within a few moments (literally) my father opened his eyes, exhaled, and said: ‘Yes, that’s definitely better.’ After a while I let the nurse take over with the morphine….

See the video of the self help hold for fast pain relief here:

Jin Shin Jyutsu® Self Help: Attitudes

The thumb and the fingers form the foundation of Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help.

Just by holding the thumb and the fingers every day one at a time for a few minutes, is a good way to regenerate all our 144,000 energy functions.

Moreover, the effects over time are cumulative, so the more you hold your fingers, the quicker you’ll notice the benefit.

Each thumb and finger is related to an emotion or as we call them in Jin Shin Jyutsu, an ATTITUDE. There are five atttitudes that form the basis, the starting point as it were, of every dis-ease and disharmony:

Worry, Fear (that’s the biggest one at the moment!), Anger, Grief and Pretense (trying to, or ‘efforting’ – the one to hold for the Heart).  The hold for Depression and Fatigue is the center of the palm.

Simply hold a finger for a few minutes, or when you’re watching television, waiting for a bus or whatever, to harmonise each attitude. As I always tell people whom I introduce to this Art: ‘You need never be bored again!’

See the links to these older posts for the finger holds:

Self Help for Worry (and insomnia)

Self Help for Anxiety (and Fear and Panic)

Self Help for Anger (and High or Low Blood Pressure)

Self Help for Grief (and breathing)

Self Help for Heart (and discomforts)

Self Help for Depression (and Fatigue)

This Art is Ours to Use

No matter where I am, or where I travel to, I always see people in a perfect Jin Shin Jyutsu self help hold. They are helping themselves, but they don’t even know it!

Recently, I sat next to a gentleman on a (short) flight. He was at least 6 foot tall, the flight was full and he had to cram himself into a seat next to the window. However, he had a very calm energy about him, and he did not fidget. Then I saw that he was holding his thumb! So I also held my thumb, to help us both!

Isn’t it comforting to know that helping MYSELF is as simple as holding a thumb or a finger? When I first started working with this Art, I was disbelieving. I said to myself: ‘It can’t be that simple. I will start with something much more complicated so I get REALLY good results.’

The interesting thing is that some of my most powerful results have come from spending a few minutes just holding a finger!

I encourage you to choose one of your thumbs or fingers (or let IT choose you!!) – to close your eyes and hold it for a few minutes in a quiet space. The last time I suggested this to a friend, she was amazed to discover that a whole HOUR had gone by – after which she felt like new….

But don’t take my word for it. As Mary always used to say: ‘Be your own testimony.’

Why I Love the Self Help in Jin Shin Jyutsu

Our natural state is happiness and joy.

You wouldn’t think it, would you? There is so much suffering in the world.

When I first became aware of the power of Jin Shin Jyutsu, I wanted to ‘go out and save the world’.  Funnily enough, there were many that don’t want to be saved, aren’t ready to be saved. And quite frankly, TRYING TO (little finger attitude) help THEM was distracting me from HELPING ME. I realised after many years of offering help (and of course I still help when help is asked) that making a difference starts with ME.

If I want my world to be a certain way, then I need to demonstrate it in my human BEINGNESS. I need to be the example. I want my life to be the blessing and the adventure. I want my life to BE FUN. So no matter how noble my desire to help others, help has to start with ME.

To KNOW others, I must KNOW MYSELF first. The gift of Jin Shin Jyutsu –the Art of the Creator through the Man of Knowing and Compassion – is that when we forget the message that LIFE IS MEANT TO BE A BLESSING, AN ADVENTURE AND FUN, we have this ancient and gentle healing art which repairs the damage done and returns us to our natural state of JOY and HAPPINESS.

This is also why I love SELF HELP: Because it is EMPOWERING. It gives me back control of MYSELF.

Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help Holds Manage Cholesterol Levels

Letters like this one are a real joy to me, mainly because the person is actively using the information and seeing/feeling the benefits of the Jin Shin Jyutsu self help holds over a period of time – not only that, her doctor is amazed too! I’m printing this letter with her permission:


Good morning Astrid,

Thank you so very much for your website with all the practical, wonderful Jin Shin Jyutsu information you have on there. I refer to your site almost daily, and not only use it but have learned so much from it.

I’m sure many others also appreciate the time you take to share these wonderful holds and your expertise with us and to answer our questions.

About ten years ago I came across the ‘Touch of Healing’ book in our local library and immediately purchased one for my own use. I was fascinated by it and although I didn’t know anyone who practiced Jin Shin or was a practitioner, I read the book and used the finger holds.

Then several months ago I found your website and began in earnest to learn about and use many of the other holds.

In fact I loved it when you mentioned that if you wanted to change your life, then hold the 1’s for an hour a day. I took you at your word and started doing just that. It so worked!

A couple of months ago I’d gone to my doctor for a regular check up with the lab work. When he came in he said to me your lab work is great. He said there isn’t anything that is out of balance and your cholesterol is way down and everything is where it is suppose to be.

I have never been able to get my cholesterol down, even though I’ve been taking medication for several years.

I said really? I was so surprised!
He said yes really, I don’t know what you are doing, but KEEP DOING IT!

So of course I am continuing the Jin Shin, and a few weeks ago I had a knee project happen and about the same time an esophagus project developed.

With the knee project it is very hard for me to hold both 1’s at the same time now, so I hold one side for thirty minutes and then the other side for thirty minutes. I also hold the 15’s for the knees and I do the Main Central every night when I go to bed.

For the esophagus I am using the left and right Supervisor flows as well as the high 19’s.

While I am waiting to see the knee specialist and hear back the results from my esophagus test, I am averaging about 2-3 hours each day doing these holds. (I am retired and have the time to devote to the holds.)

Although neither project is completely gone yet, every day I am able to detect a difference and especially this morning I can tell the knee is getting better.

At first it seemed to take a long time to see results, but I am glad you mentioned that all holds are ‘cumulative’, as that has kept me going and helped me to wait and watch for the results.

I feel Jin Shin Jyutsu is bringing me closer to total wellness. I need to clear and heal a lot of years but I feel so much better now than this time a year ago. I know it will be an ongoing process but I find Jin Shin to be easy to do (with a few exceptions) and it has brought me to a better place spiritually and emotionally as well as physically.

Again thank you so much for your website and information, they have been such a tremendous help to me! Please keep up the good work and know that you are appreciated!

FP from Missouri, USA

JSJ Relationship Fingers, Energy Sites and Attitudes

Even if we’ve never heard of the ancient art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, we most often naturally place our hands unconsciously on our body when we need help in a certain area. Isn’t it therefore great to consciously KNOW where to put our hands to HELP MYSELF?

This is a quick summary of the relationship between the fingers, the corresponding key energy site and attitude:

Finger / Energy Site (there is a left and right side)/(SEL) /Attitude (Emotion)

Thumb/Forehead above the eyebrows/ 20/WORRY

Index/ Just below the collarbone /22/FEAR

Middle/Third rib down on the chest/ 13/ANGER

Ring/Last rib before the abdomen/14/GRIEF

Little/Groin either side of pubic bone /15 /TRYING TO

For a full Jin Shin Jyutsu Self help session you could spend a whole hour holding these five energy sites placing the left hand on the left side, and the right hand on the right side (it means spending about 10 minutes on each energy site).  A great way to start or end the day!

‘Be Calm My Beating Heart’

I am experiencing many people with heart projects at this time and the headline of this post is my take on ‘Be still my beating heart’ – the phrase from Shakepeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Diana Cooper, one of my favourite lightworkers, says of this time: ‘Many people are having heart problems right now. Higher vibrations are coming through and our physical bodies are not catching up quickly enough.’

This really does make sense to me on one level. The good news is that Jin Shin Jyutsu helps increase your vibration by working with your energies, and there is much you can do to calm your beating heart:

Hildegard of Bingen is my favourite mystic healer from the 12th century. She was able to ‘see’ (with intuitive vision) the effects of food, drink and more on the body. So here follows some of her advice for the heart:

Gemstone JASPER: It is the pacemaker for the suffering heart, especially in cases of arrythmic episodes, heart pain, fluttering or violent rheumatic attacks. Press the cool jasper firmly over the heart, directly on the skin and take it away after a few minutes when it’s hot. After it cools, put it on again and repeat the process three to five times or as often as necessary.

Hildegard’s Parsley-honeywine heart tonic – helps strengthen and protect the heart: Take 8 to 10 parsley leaves with stems. Boil in one quart of natural red wine or white wine with two tablespoons of wine vinegar for five minutes. Add three quarters cup honey and heat up again for five minutes. Skim off foam, strain and rebottle the wine. It doesn’t matter if you use red or white wine but it should be natural wine without additives. ‘Take one to three tablespoons daily and all gripping, shooting heart pain will disappear’.

Hildegard says: ‘Whoever has heart pain and is weak in the heart should instantly eat enough Galangal and he or she will be well again’. Galangal, a root, is similar in appearance to ginger. Galangal has bioflavonoids, essential oils, and hot tasting ingredients that have spasmolytic and carminative (cleansing) and pain killing properties.

As for Self help holds – there are many for the heart. But let’s start with a few simple ones:

For heart discomforts: Place your right fingers in your left armpit with fingers facing upwards towards your arm. Place the back of your left wrist on your forehead. Reverse hands for the other side.

For heart palpitations: Place your right hand over your left shoulder (like a coat hanger) and place your left fingers on the base of your left thumb (make a loose fist). This is also the hold to balance acidity in the body.

For rapid heart beat and general heart: Hold the little finger. With your right hand, grab your left little finger. Reverse the hands for the other side.

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.