My Jin Shin Jyutsu Story: Thumb Miracle

Kay’s Jin Shin Jyutsu story started when her friend came back from a 5 day Jin Shin Jyutsu seminar in New Zealand.

Kay writes:

When I saw my friend she said: “Kay you sooo have to learn this.” I protested, saying I wasn’t doing any new courses. However, she then proceeded to tell me about each thumb and finger. 

‘Miracle’ of the Thumb

As it turns out, the next day I was doubled over with pain in my stomach. So I held my thumb for about 20 minutes. During this time, my stomach went crazy with gurgling and rumbling. It did a huge roll. I passed all this wind, and then I was perfectly fine.

And I thought to myself: “Surely that wasn’t because I held my thumb?!?”

Two days later I had a headache, which was unusual for me and I don’t keep any pain killers in the house. I remember my friend saying that the middle finger is ‘the harmonizer’. After four minutes of holding the middle finger the headache was completely gone.

I was so impressed, I decided to get the book The Touch of Healing. When I read it I understood that Jin Shin Jyutsu stands for The Art of the Creator through Compassionate Man.

I knew I had to learn this Art, but I had to wait a year before the tutors from America returned to New Zealand.


Along Came A Spider…

Confirmation of my decision to learn Jin Shin Jyutsu came four months later when I was bitten by a White Tail spider. People have lost limbs from their bites, as bacteria on their fangs cause a flesh eating disease. My leg was swollen like a balloon and I couldn’t put my heel down. The pain was excruciating.

I went through all my fingers, holding each one in turn, but basically not really knowing what I was doing.

Then I remembered reading something in the book about bites. I found the relevant Jin Shin Jyutsu self help hold and I placed right hand over left hand on the bite.

After 40 minutes, I removed my hand. I saw that the hole where the fangs had gone in had a clear liquid coming out. The pain had almost completely gone and by the morning my leg was back to its usual size! 

Naturally I was hugely impressed by this experience. Ever since I have been passionate about sharing this Art.  As Mary Burmeister said: “It is a life time journey.”

Five years later I am still in awe of this Art and still learning.

Many blessings on your journey.

Kay Garvan
Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner
New Zealand

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.

Notes from 5-day Seminar with Jed Schwartz in Valencia, Spain

I have just come back from a beautiful 5-day Jin Shin Jyutsu seminar with Jed Schwartz. It was organised by Maribel and Rafael. What a great job they did – we all stayed in a marvellous venue La Mas de la Casa Blanca near Muro de Alcoi in Valencia.

Five days of learning and experiencing this wonderful Art.

I was reminded that the harmonising colour for each day is as follows – so wear that colour if you need some help!
Monday – Red (5th depth – Trying to’s)
Tuesday – Red (5th depth)
Wednesday – Blue/Black (4th depth – Fear)
Thursday – Green (3rd depth – Anger)
Friday – White (2nd depth – Sorrow)
Saturday – Yellow (1st depth – Worry)
Sunday – Light (violet) (6th depth – Fatigue)

See also previous posts for the corresponding finger holds.

‘I have experienced many terrible things in my life, and some of them actually happened’
– Mark Twain