Jin Shin Jyutsu: A Pro-Active Approach to Health and Wellbeing

Jin Shin Jyutsu Health Wellbeing

If we can eat and drink what our bodies need, exercise regularly, manage stress and sleep well to aid recovery, then we are well on our way to helping the body maintain balance and harmony.

However, how can we be more pro-active about our health and wellbeing, especially as we get older?

In the film Billions in Change, Sir David Lane, a foremost scientist and expert in the field of cancer talks about how important it is to change our approach:

“…what we tend to do is think of ourselves as well until we’re ill and that’s the wrong way around. We need to be thinking about maintaining health as a much more pro-active process.

Everybody wants a shortcut; maybe I’ll take this vitamin and I’ll be better.

What we need to do is think about fundamentals, like the blood, the circulation – that’s what your heart’s doing, that’s what’s taking nutrients around the body, that’s what’s critical for eliminating waste products.

So clearly, poor circulation is the basis of a lot of illness. So anything that can help people to improve their health is very, very important…

You have to go outside the system. The current system educates people to behave in a certain way; you get ill, you go to the doctor, the doctor is a god-like figure, the doctor’s going to save you…that’s how it works. Instead of thinking: oh, I’m part of this process…I can’t be passive, I should be active.

It’s about that shift in thinking; to think about new ways of doing things.”

So I ask the question again – apart from providing the right nourishment for the body, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly – how can we be more pro-active about our health and wellbeing in a way that is accessible and effective?

Well, each one of us has a unique system of ‘energy sites’ on the body which we can work with by knowing where to place our hands.

So let me give you an example of how this energy system works.

I’d like to establish at the outset that left to its own devices, our incredibly intelligent body is capable of healing and repairing itself.

If you cut yourself, for instance, your body will jump into action to isolate and heal the area affected. If it’s a deep cut, then it will take some time to heal.

However, if you place your hands in a particular way, you will greatly help speed up the healing process (that’s because of the way the energy moves through your hands).

In my experience, when you apply Jin Shin Jyutsu to a wound, the healing really kicks in after a few minutes.

Over the last 17+ years, I (and my clients ) have experienced how Jin Shin Jyutsu also speeds up the removal of toxins and wastes from the body and greatly helps to support the immune, lymphatic and circulatory systems – thereby assisting the body to clean, regenerate and repair itself, as well as helping to clear stressors that cause discomfort and disease.

There are many clinical studies that show the positive effects of Jin Shin Jyutsu on the body.

For instance, a study at the University of California showed that Jin Shin Jyutsu helps manage and clear mucositis.

As noted in the Annals of Oncology: “Oral and gastrointestinal mucositis due to cancer therapies such as high-dose chemotherapy and/or radiation continues to be an important clinical problem.”

Another study conducted in 2012 at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center with cancer patients, found that “in each session patients experienced significant improvement in the areas of pain, stress, and nausea with the first visit and in subsequent visits as well.”

The study was led by Jin Shin Jyutsu Integrative Practitioner Jennifer Bradley who commented: “I was pleased to see quantitatively the improvements that patients noted in these primary areas of discomfort. It was interesting to note that regardless of age, sex or diagnosis, cancer patients received a statistically significant improvement in the side effects from treatment. It is encouraging to note that Jin Shin Jyutsu made improvements in these areas without adding additional unwanted effects that so often occur with medication interventions.”  

I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, saying here that Jin Shin Jyutsu is a substitute for medical diagnosis, attention and/or treatment.

What I am saying, though is that it is very important to encourage a pro-active attitude and approach to maintain optimum health and wellbeing, especially when we are well.

That, in my view, is much more empowering than just thinking of ourselves as well, until we’re not, and Jin Shin Jyutsu offers us that very elegant possibility.

Astrid Kauffmann
Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner
Self Help Teacher

Sources: 
Billions in Change (Film)

Jin Shin Jyutsu: New Relief and Prevention for Mouth Sores (Mucositis) in Cancer Treatment: A Case Series – By Ann Shannon, Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner.

Management of oral and gastrointestinal mucositis: ESMO Clinical Practice Guidelines
-D. E. Peterson1, R.-J. Bensadoun2 and F. Roila3 (Oxford Journals Annals of Oncology)

University of Kentucky News, Study Suggests Touch Therapy Helps Reduce Pain, Nausea in Cancer Patients, June 26, 2012

Self Help for Tinnitus with simple JSJ Hold

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That maddening sound inside the ear – like a buzzing, hissing or ringing noise – is called tinnitus and it can drive one crazy. I find it is made worse when I am tired, or when I’ve been on the phone quite a lot (mobile phones are even worse so use them sparingly!).

Most Jin Shin Jyutsu holds or flows can help calm the noise.

However, I find that holding the ring finger is quite a simple and effective way to radically subdue the tinnitus, especially just before sleep.

See also my top ten tips to manage tinnitus (with video).

Jin Shin Jyutsu for Headache and Migraine

I was reminded in the last few days how I found Jin Shin Jyutsu in the first place: through the debilitating migraines that I used to suffer. Last week I was sitting in front of the computer and PRESTO! started getting the tell tale zig zag signs in front of my eyes.

I immediately closed my eyes and held the base of the thumb – that didn’t do too much, so I went to the outside of my heels (just under the ankles) and held the left one with the left hand, and the right one with the right hand. That started ‘opening’ up this zig zag lightning bolt…then I went back to the base of the thumb (held the left one with the right fingers). Then I also held the back of the head – I dug my fingers in where it was sore and held for a while until there was a strong pulse. Then I went back to the outside of the heels.

Within 20 minutes it was all gone, and I went back to the computer. Isn’t it great to be able to manage pain so quickly and easily? The body knows how.

Jin Shin Jyutsu Case 6: Self Help for Women – PMS

PMS (Pre – and Post! – Menstrual Syndrome) – A sudden cramping in the pelvis is very uncomfortable and painful to say the least. I personally discovered how powerful this amazing Jin Shin Jyutsu hold is. One day when I was driving, a sudden and excruciating cramp came on. Luckily it was just as I stopped at a red light. My instinct told me to ‘sandwich’ my pelvis. Imagine my astonishment as within seconds, the pain and cramp subsided and by the time the light turned green, it had completely DISAPPEARED. I’ve never had pain like that again in the pelvic area. 

The self help hold is actually part of the dynamic Main Central Vertical (MCV) exercise. It’s the last position of the MCV: Left fingers/hand are placed just above the pubic bone (front of body) and right fingers/hand are placed under the coccyx/tailbone (right at the base of the spinal column) – see an older post on this blog for the full Main Central Vertical flow or follow the link above.

This hold is also good for heavy legs, poor circulation, cold feet and legs that ‘jump’.

Jin Shin Jyutsu physio-philosophy is an ancient Japanese healing art. Easy to learn the self help, easy and safe to use for every body from ages 0-100+. The Magic is in your hands.

Are you a Doctor?!?

Most of us have suffered leg cramp at some point in our lives and we know how excruciating that pain is.

Well, imagine being up on stage in front of hundreds of people and you get severe cramp, not just in one leg but in both!

This actually happened to someone recently at a seminar I attended.

The poor guy had to get off the stage and sit down – he was in extreme pain and looked very distressed. Immediately, a whole lot of people gathered around him, trying to ‘help’.

I managed to cut through the group, quietly knelt down and put my fingers at the back of his knees and held on . Meanwhile it was complete chaos around him. All sorts of well meaning people asking if he was okay and offering all sorts of advice. At the same time, people shouting at me: ‘Are you a doctor? Are you a doctor?!?!?!’

I reply: ‘No, I’m a  Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner.’ And kept holding the backs of his knees.

After a few minutes he calmed down, then I asked if the pain had gone. He said that yes, it had – so I quietly got up and left him. I don’t think he even realised what had happened. And that’s the way it should be – so quick, so easy, that you don’t even have time to wonder about it. It just IS – PAIN GONE.

Self Help: How to Look Better, Be Fitter and Lose Weight

Nowadays we have access to so many different foods. Supermarkets tempt us with scrumptious sugary offers like buy 2 chocolate bars and get 2 for free! And then there’s the super-sizing of everything (even coffee can now be bought in cups the size of  large soup bowls!).

In our fast, competitive and consumer-driven world, moderation has gone out the window. But it’s not just a lack of moderation that is the problem, as most of us are now aware, it’s eating and drinking too much of the WRONG things and not eating and drinking enough of the RIGHT things.

I believe the body is incredibly clever and as I’ve said before, it can draw fuel even from a Mars bar. However, if you only feed the body Mars bars, then things can get out of balance pretty quickly.

I think most of us have come to the realization that how we look and feel largely depends on what, as well as how much we eat and drink . Over the years, I have tried and tested all sorts of ways to keep my weight under control, as well as keeping my body healthy and strong.

Please note! If you suffer from any chronic or acute condition then it’s a good idea to introduce changes slowly, so as to give the body time to adapt! The key is to listen to your body and take note of the signals it gives you. Many times when you start ‘cleaning out’ the body goes into a bit of what therapists refer to as a ‘healing crisis’. So if you love your coffee and you drink 2 or more cups a day, then best to reduce the amount of cups you drink in stages until you have some days where you don’t drink any (I know, it’s hard – I love my coffee too). But you get the idea.

If you have any diagnosed medical condition, then of course, it’s definitely wise to take things one step at a time. Also, if you are used to consuming thousands of calories a day, then I don’t suggest you cut down too much all of a sudden. It’s just a question of common sense.

So, anyway, here are six of my tried and tested ways to look and feel better, get fitter and at the same time lose weight!

1. DETOXIFY the body of chemicals (see my previous post).

Exercise for Repetitive Strain Injury RSI2. Help ALKALIZE the body by avoiding highly acidic foods like meat, dairy, processed foods, sugar, refined flour, and drinks like alcohol, fizzy drinks and coffee (sorry!). Don’t cook at very high temperatures and use an oil like coconut or rapeseed to cook with (it breaks down at higher temperatures than olive oil). As someone said, disease cannot live in an alkaline environment.

And here’s a self help hold to balance acidity in the body: place the right hand over the left shoulder, and place the left fingers on the base of the thumb of the left hand. Reverse the hands for the other side.

3. I found out that a key to weight loss is to HAVE BREAKFAST within half an hour (and at a stretch no longer than an hour) of getting up in the morning. Do you have cereal or bread and coffee in the morning? Get rid of those empty carbs, I say!

Have a high protein breakfast (at least 30 grams). It will keep you going until lunchtime. If you can, choose foods that are not (too acidic). See a great list here of Alkaline/Acidic foods

4. It´s important to get rid of heavy metals in the body as well, and there are a couple of foods that I find very useful to do this. One is the herb cilantro or in English – coriander. I´ve read stories where including a few FRESH leaves of this herb every day for three weeks will really clean out those heavy metals. The other one is wheatgrass – preferably organic and fresh, but to be honest, I use organic powder.

5. MODERATE EXERCISE has to be included because exercise means movement and the body loves movement. It can be 10 minutes a day, but at least 4 hours a week apparently is incredibly beneficial (see post DIY Health Revolution by Dr Vincent Li). Sitting at the computer all day has been shown to increase the chances of all sorts of nasties like heart disease and stroke, so don’t do it! Get up and shake. What? Yes, you read it correctly. Shake. Stand in one position, feet comfortably apart, keep your feet on the ground throughout and start shaking your body up and down as if on a trampoline.

It’s a great way to release tension in the body and get everything moving. Otherwise, a half hour walk a day is good too.

6. Finally! MY FAVOURITE SELF HELP HOLDS to lose weight and stay fit.I have used these holds so many times. After 20 minutes of holding my cheekbones, my mind feels clearer and freer, as I let go not only of physical weight but mental and emotional weight too. When I sit on my hands for twenty minutes, I am not only getting my body fit, but this exercise releases lactic acid from the muscles (especially good after a work out so that the muscles don’t feel sore the day after) and alleviates fatigue. This exercise also tones the bottom and buttocks, ladies. It’s a lovely exercise to do for a dedicated half hour if you can. It’ll change your day!

So, for the WEIGHT EXERCISE: 
Hold RIGHT Cheekbone to LOSE weight
Hold LEFT Cheekbone to GAIN weight
If you can’t remember which is which, hold both sides and the body will adjust itself to your personal needs. Yes, the body IS that clever.

For the FIT AND TONED EXERCISE:

Sit on hands (palms up)
Left Hand on Left Sitting Bone
Right Hand on Right Sitting Bone

I suggest 20 minutes minimum a day per exercise as a guide, but if you feel like doing more (i.e. more often, or longer), please do.

And of course: if you have any medical condition or are under the supervision of your physician or taking medication, please do seek advise from them before starting any program that includes supplements, a change in diet or exercise.

See the VIDEO with the self help holds explained below:

Self Help for Anxiety and Panic Attacks

There is an energy site on the outside of the wrist which is number 17 – it came into the universe meaning Reproductive Energy (as in generating new energy).

Hold this energy site in emergencies to balance the nervous system.

It is also a great helper to alleviate anxiety and panic attacks; and you can use it as a smelling salt if you feel faint.

This energy site on the outside of the wrist is also fantastic instead of that Mars bar fix in the middle of the afternoon when you might need a quick energy boost – it’s a quick reviver!

Holding the outside of the wrist also helps with the development of intuition, and alleviates chest congestion.

In the case of panic attacks, I would also cross my arms and place my hands on the insides of the knees. The insides of the knees  is THE place to hold in emergencies – keeps you BREATHING, and helps ease nausea and vomiting.

If this hold is a bit awkward because you are in a public place for instance, then just grab your left little finger with your right hand and hold. I find holding the left little finger especially useful at the first sign of my heart racing a bit.

Jin Shin Jyutsu is an Ancient Art of harmonizing the life energy in the body by using the fingers and hands.

In the video below I explain some simple exercises to relieve Anxiety and Panic Attacks.

A List of Anti Cancer Foods to Save Your Life

Below is a list compiled by Dr William Li of The Angiogenesis Foundation, of some of the foods and other dietary sources of naturally occurring Antiangiogenic (read: Anti-Cancer growing) substances. We all know that a balanced diet is fundamental to good health, but the key here is to ADD these foods to your diet – for more information see the video in the previous post. You can add Earl Grey Tea and Glucosamine to that list – there are others mentioned in the video by Dr William Li. (Slide courtesy of The Angiogenesis Foundation)