Q&A: How Long Should I Hold For?

It is understandable that many people ask me: ‘How long should I hold this position (or that position) for’?

I have always said: ‘Until you feel relief!’

Sometimes relief is immediate, and sometimes it takes a bit of time to arrive.

In essence, by practicing Jin Shin Jyutsu we are facilitating the movement of energy, so the time it takes to move and harmonise the energy is different for every individual based on where their energy is at and what their energy is ‘doing’.

Below are some general guidelines as to when and for how long to apply a self help hold.

Generally, working on an empty stomach will ensure faster results.  In an acute situation, such as a breathing difficulty, or headache or pain, then it is wise to do the hold until there is relief. If there is no relief, after a few minutes, try a different hold – if you feel worse, stop! and go back to it at another time.

Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioners give treatments that last no more than an hour. When you work on yourself, there is no time limit per se, but I would say that if you are not feeling on top of the world then use holds that are most comfortable for you – remember to keep it simple!

Babies and the infirm require less time, so the guideline is to work no longer than 10-15 minutes on them.

When you place your hands on your body you will probably feel a pulsation in your fingers. Listen to the texture, the tone, the rhythm of that pulsation. Is it quiet, or booming? How does it change after a few minutes…does it calm down? Does it get stronger? Does it change? Do you ‘hear’ it in one hand? In both hands?

After a while, is the pulsation in both hands synchronised? If it is, then this is a sign that the body is starting to harmonise…

Jin Shin Jyutsu is about many things, but it is also about listening. When a new client comes to see me, they ask me: ‘How can you sit there so quietly not ‘DOING’ anything for a whole hour?’ Ah, but you see, I am listening to the symphony of the pulsations which are going through cycles, telling their ‘story’. And as the pulsations harmonise, time becomes timeless. It’s a beautiful experience for me (and I hope for my client as well!).

I call them pulsations for now, because listening to the pulses is a different exercise. When one listens to the pulses (in the wrists) one is listening to get a feeling of where the need is in the body, and from there, which FLOW to select to harmonise that need. That’s the lifelong study of Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Listening to the pulses is taught in Part 2 of the Jin Shin Jyutsu 5 Day Basic Seminar.