Self Help Hold for the Skin Surface

One night in winter, I felt that the backs of my legs were burning and I couldn’t understand why. I realised that I’d sat down somewhere very cold and my skin was burnt by frostbite! It was really quite sore – so I decided to go to bed and do this hold. I fell asleep in this position, and the next morning there was no sign of any discomfort or discolouration of the skin.


I also used this hold recently when an angry red blotch developed on my face. I was quite alarmed, because having lived in the tropics, my skin has endured quite a lot of sun over the years. I was quite sure that I would have to have it burnt off.

So I dutifully asked for an appointment with the dermatologist, which was given to me about 6 weeks hence! I decided I wasn’t going to wait that long to start working on it, so I did the hold below for a couple of nights in front of the TV and WOW it was so much better I could hardly see any more redness!


Whenever you need to clear the skin surface then do this Jin Shin Jyutsu self help hold for the skin:
(Right side)
Place your right fingers on the left center of your foot (as shown in the photo)
Grab your left little toe with left fingers/hand
Hold for a minimum of 20 minutes or more.

Anything to do with the skin surface, this hold will help with, including rashes and itchiness of the skin. This hold is really versatile as it also helps clear smelly feet, it strengthens the hair and helps regulate body temperature (so if I feel cold I do this hold – it warms up the body!).

For deeper skin projects like burns, eczema, acne, psoriasis (and even for a face lift!) do this Jin Shin Jyutsu self help hold:
You´ll need to cross your arms for this.
Place the palm of your right hand with fingers facing down on your left calf
Place the palm of your left hand with your fingers facing down on your right calf
Hold for at least twenty minutes. (for a facelift, do this 20 minutes every day for at least two weeks)

Q&A: Jin Shin Jyutsu for (Deep) Skin Conditions

Question: Hello. Thank you for your blog on self help holds with Jin Shin Jyutsu. I broke out in eczema on my body 8 years ago, starting from the back of my neck and during the first year it spread to various parts of my body then gradually disappeared after 3 years. The only spot that still exists is covering all over the back of my neck, which is no longer red but still itches quite often and is a bit swollen, though I no longer feel pain when I tilt my head back. I was told that I now have scleroderma. Would you have any suggestions what points I can hold to help heal this condition? Thank you, I would really appreciate your advice. – D

Answer: Hi D – The special body function for the skin is to palm the calves. At least 20 minutes a day and if you can, twice a day for at least two weeks. See this older post Self Help for the Deep Skin. There is also another special function energy hold for the Skin Surface. Place the fingers of the right hand under the left foot at center of the sole, and with the left hand hold the left little toe. Reverse the hands for the other side. This hold is particularly great for any itchiness of the skin. It also purifies the skin. It would also help to do the Main Central Exercise (see the older post) to harmonise your whole being and help sort out the underlying causes i.e. the immune system (you could also work on the immune system, not to stimulate it, but to harmonise it with this Immune System Hold. And finally hold your Thumb for skin surface, and your Ring finger (either side) for deep skin. Hope all this helps! – Astrid

Note: Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease of the connective tissue. Autoimmune diseases are illnesses which occur when the body’s tissues are attacked by its own immune system. Scleroderma is characterized by the formation of scar tissue (fibrosis) in the skin and organs of the body. The cause of scleroderma is not known (