My Jin Shin Jyutsu Story: Body Pain

Annemarie’s Jin Shin Jyutsu Story began about eighteen months from writing this, when over a period of three weeks, all the muscles in her body started seizing up.


Annemarie writes:

“I was in constant, acute pain. I could hardly lift my arms up. Getting dressed was a lengthy and painful business. Moving around and walking was done very slowly.

In fact, any centenarian would have looked spritely compared to me! My whole body felt as though I was being stabbed constantly, or at least how I imagine it feels like to be stabbed.

I can put up with a fair bit of pain, so I did for months, hoping that it would pass.

Any amount of Ibuprofen and Paracetamol I took had virtually no effect and I flatly refused to see a doctor who would only have put me on stronger pain killers or worse, steroids…..none of which I would have taken anyway!

When I finally could not stand the pain any more, I decided to take action.

I had heard from a friend that what Astrid did was ‘amazing’, but this friend didn’t know how, why, or what it was.

When I discovered that she works with the natural flows of energy in the body, it helped my decision because, years ago, I had benefitted from a very similar treatment.

After my first treatment with Astrid, I was 50% ‘converted’. Something had certainly happened, although I was still in pain.

The session thereafter went something like this.

As I lay on the couch she says:
“Now, on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the most pain, what do you feel?”
My face screws up with excruciating agony. I moan through gritted teeth: “11”.
“Ah”, she says calmly, moves her hands to another hold and then says: “How about now?”
In total amazement and disbelief I reply: “Virtually nothing.”

After that treatment I became 100% converted and luckily never experienced an 11 out of 10 pain level again!

I realise now that a Jin Shin Jyutsu treatment is totally painless for ‘normal’ people.

Although it took a while for me to reach this point, I am now a very fine tuned engine!

Some simple self help exercises and a monthly Jin Shin Jyutsu MOT keep me fit and pain free.”

Annemarie G.
Wiltshire, England

Astrid’s notes on this case: 
I would like to clarify that I worked intensely with Annemarie over a period of about a year before we got to the no pain ‘maintenance’ phase. This was certainly no ‘quick fix’ case. She came to see me at least once a week, for a while twice a week to continue releasing especially the shoulders and managing pain – after all, there was much history on a physical, mental and emotional level to clear. Later on in the year, and when she felt she was ready for it, Annemarie also saw an osteopath. What her story illustrates is how her body reacted during the JSJ sessions. Happily, she stuck with the treatments and is now enjoying pain free gardening again.

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:

Q&A: Jin Shin Jyutsu to help the Heart and Breathing

Question: My mum has been in hospital with difficulty breathing due to fluid on the lungs caused by an irregular heartbeat (well I think that’s what it was – doctors not very specific on cause), she also picked up a Urinary Tract Infection which is now under control. She’s at home now and while progressing I’d like to do as much as I can to give her the best quality of life. I’ve had the JSJ book – The Touch of Healing for some time and something moved me to get it out and have a read through it again. I’ve started doing the finger holds each day but would really appreciate your suggestions to strenghthen the heart and reduce fluid on the lungs. Also anything specific to help the breathing. Thank you so much for your very informative blog on JSJ – it’s such a beautiful gentle process. – JF

Answer: Dear JF – Holding the fingers is a GREAT start! You are helping your mother tremendously by holding them. Chapter 3 in The Touch of Healing talks about the Trinity Flows: The Main Central, Supervisors and Mediator. Supervisors are very easy and very powerful. See an older post here for The Jin Shin Jyutsu Trinity Flows.

Holding Opposite Fingers and Toes for Total Harmony

Towards the end of the book, there is a chapter called Harmonising with the Fingers and Toes. Go to Palms and Soles: Revitalising the Entire Being. Read through that whole section and especially the thumbs and opposite little toesthis sequence is for difficulty breathing and irregular heartbeat. The whole harmonising exercise is quite simple to do on another person: sit on the right side of your mother (make sure you are comfortable and relaxed), and with your left hand, hold her left thumb. With your right hand, hold her right little toe. Hold for a few minutes, until you feel a ryhthmic pulse that might start banging quite loudly for a while. Let it settle down, then move onto the next finger and toe. With your left hand, hold the left index finger, and with your right hand hold right ring toe. Hold for a few minutes. Then move onto the middle finger and opposite middle toe, then to the ring finger and opposite index toe, then to the little finger and opposite big toe.

You could do each finger and toe for 5 minutes each on one side which is 25 minutes (as a guide use the pulse as well!) and then sit on the left side and reverse the hands. This exercise is very powerful and it is such a gift to receive it, especially because it’s not that comfortable to do as self help!

So I hope this is helpful. If you have any further questions or doubts just send me an email.

Finally, if there is ANY pain during this exercise that lasts more than a few seconds, then STOP what you are doing and go to the PAIN HOLD until it clears – PAIN is a good sign that the energy is moving – but there’s no reason to have to suffer unduly!

Jin Shin Jyutsu: How Long Does it Take to Heal?

Jin Shin Jyutsu is an innate wisdom that is within all of us. I say: ‘Your health, happiness and longevity lies in knowing where to put your hands on your body.’ The ancient Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu shows us how, and opens up the whole world of Getting to KNOW (Help) MYSELF. Therin lies the lifelong study of the ART.

After 10 years, I am more than ever in awe of the healing power of this Art. I have myself experienced rapid (I mean in seconds) relief from pain and discomfort, and have been empowered by the fact that I AM the one in charge of Helping MYSELF.
There are two types of conditions: Acute and Chronic. Acute conditions (seem to) flare up suddenly like for instance, appendicitis. One of my favourite stories happened to one of the Jin Shin Jyutsu instructors. He went to hospital with an acute pain in his right side – was told he had appendicitis and that he would have to be operated on. He decided to ‘wait a bit’, went home and held SEL 11 + 25 (to clear the energy down the front). Within 20 minutes, ‘something went pop’, the pain dissipated then stopped, and that was the end of that. I believe he still has his appendix! Of course, I don’t condone that just anyone do this. You’ve got to know what you’re doing.
Chronic conditions are more challenging in many respects because there are many more factors involved over a longer period of time. There could be genetic, emotional and physical issues present for instance, that would need to be worked on. I have heard stories of children born with Down’s Syndrome who, if worked on by their parents every day, will show no signs of DS by the time they are in their teens. Change the energy, change the physical.
And finally, I worked on someone living with cancer every week for years – her quality of life improved, and at the end when she left her body, she was at peace. Her healing took place in a different way.
So in answer to the question: How long does it take for Jin Shin Jyutsu to heal? I would then ask: ‘How long does it take to harmonise the breath?’

The Healing Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu

Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient and gentle Japanese healing art which balances and harmonises the life energy by placing fingers and hands on ‘energy sites’ on the body over clothing. It can be applied as self help and also by a trained practitioner.

The study and understanding of the Art can take a lifetime, but it is simple to use so one can experience its benefits and effects immediately. It is a powerful tool to help boost the immune system, restore and maintain energy levels and manage pain (case studies will follow in later posts).