Jin Shin Jyutsu®: An Art Available to All

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When I meet new people and they ask me: ‘What do you do?’ and I say that I am a Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner, they invariably look at me blankly and say: ‘Oh, I’ve never heard of that.’ To which I answer: ‘It’s an Art of healing, the principles of which are as old as mankind and it was rediscovered in Japan about a hundred years ago.’

Then they, quite rightly, ask: ‘Oh, is it like Reiki?’ and I say (and this is my own perspective since I have studied and practised both): ‘Jin Shin Jyutsu and Reiki both work with subtle energies, but there the similarity ends for me.’

If they are still interested, I proceed to explain that, as JSJ Practitioners (working hands-on the body over clothing), our aim is to harmonise the life energy (and all 144,000 energy functions) by using a system of 26 energy sites, found on the left and right sides which are mirror images of each other, so we have, in fact, access to 52 ‘energy sites’ (officially called Safety Energy Locks or SELs for short). We also make use of the fingers and toes which, when held, activate and regenerate all those energy functions.

The next question is often: ‘Do you use pressure, or is it like a massage?’ So I show them that the touch we use is gentle – no pressure, massage or manipulation is needed: ‘This is a dynamic touch therapy. As we connect with the specific locations of the 26 energy sites, we facilitate the body’s own healing ability. The body is capable of healing itself, but this really does speed up the process. In essence, it relaxes, rebalances, repairs and regenerates the whole system, on every level – physically, mentally, emotionally, and, yes, spiritually.’

Usually the reaction at this point goes something like this: ‘That sounds fascinating.’ And I say: ‘Yes, it is. The most wonderful thing about Jin Shin Jyutsu is that it is available to each and every one of us! We all have the ability to use this Art in our everyday lives, and all I ‘do’ is introduce the awareness of it by offering individual sessions, talks and self help classes. In fact, there are many practitioners around the world who offer self help classes. The self help is simple and FUN to learn. It’s as easy as holding a finger!’

And so the journey of ‘Getting to KNOW (Help) MYSELF’ begins…

The Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu® Physio-Philosophy

Jin Shin Jyutsu® physio-philosophy is an Art of harmonising the life energy in the body by using the fingers and hands (over clothing) on specific energy sites. The principles of this Art are as old as mankind, researched and developed in Japan about 100 years ago by Master Jiro Murai. I often describe it as ‘Acupuncture with the fingers’ but no pressure, massage or manipulation of the muscles is necessary.

It alleviates stress/tensions, eliminates fatigue, relieves pain, balances emotions, boosts the immune system and promotes mental alertness. The treatment is a pleasurable experience, generally one of deep relaxation, and the benefits are usually felt immediately.

Jin Shin Jyutsu employs 26 energy sites or ‘safety energy locks’ along energy pathways that feed life into our bodies. When one or more of the paths become blocked, the resulting stagnation can disrupt the local area and eventually dis-harmonise the complete path of energy flow. Holding these energy locks in combination can bring balance to mind, body, and spirit.

Jin Shin Jyutsu releases tensions and acts as a deep cleaner: it detoxifies, re-balances and re-generates the whole being. As there are no contraindications, it is safe for children, pregnant mothers, the elderly and infirm. It is also a great support for people on medication and those undergoing cancer or other treatments. It can alleviate stress-related conditions and I have found it particularly helpful for dealing with physical and mental exhaustion, a run-down immune system, anxieties, as well as pain and discomfort.

Astrid Kauffmann, BSc, TIDHA (Dip Holistic Aromatherapy) and Jin Shin Jyutsu® Practitioner
I became interested in Jin Shin Jyutsu after using some simple self help exercises to clear my migraine headaches in 1998. I am a trained Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner and have shared my passion and knowledge of this Art since 2001 via treatments, talks and self help classes.

What some of my clients say after treatments
“I feel so refreshed” “The pain is gone”
“I slept very well last night” “I feel more energetic”
“Colours look so vivid now” “I feel cleansed”
“I feel calmer and more mentally alert”

Jin Shin Jyutsu can be applied by a practitioner or as self help.

Jin Shin Jyutsu CLEANS HOUSE

Applying Jin Shin Jyutsu Holds to your body is like cleaning house. When the house is clean, everything can work more easily. The two largest functions of every part of your human body are to 1. take in (good) fuel (oxygen, water and food) and 2. to get rid of waste to maintain the balance of HOMEOSTASIS in the body. If you put garbage into your system (and it’s amazing how much garbage the body can take before it starts breaking down and really ‘giving’ problems) then there comes a point where the body just can’t get rid of the garbage anymore and it starts accumulating. The garbage collectors go on strike and I need not say any more….

I am happy to say, though, that Jin Shin Jyutsu not only cleans house, but also helps us in the process of listening to the body’s needs and changing our attitudes towards what we put into our bodies. This takes some time, as we have got to the point where we continue to ignore what the body is telling us. How many times have I come across someone who is diagnosed with a ‘project’. They are given drugs, and do not change their lifestyle habits. The drug is a real double edged sword because it eases (read: masks, covers) the symptoms but does not heal the cause. It gives me great joy to see that more and more of us are starting to take responsibility for our health. Conventional medicine has been really helpful to a certain point, but now it’s time to start thinking for ourselves, it’s time to start listening to ourselves, it’s time to start empowering ourselves, it’s time to start taking back control of our health for ourselves.

For me, this is the joy of Jin Shin Jyutsu. This is what I share in the self help classes, and it is inspiring to see people’s faces light up in recognition of what they already have, and what they can do to KNOW (HELP) themselves.

Jin Shin Jyutsu is SIMPLY the Getting to KNOW (Help) MYSELF – Mary Burmeister