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 Fast Wound Healing: A Jin Shin Jyutsu Hold

Someone asked me a question the other day about how to heal a wound FAST with Jin Shin Jyutsu. My brain, bless it, went crazy TRYING TO (sound familiar?) look for the ‘best’ and of course, most complicated answer – ‘do this flow and that flow and all these flows’ – that’s the problem when one is given such an extensively wonderful ‘menu’ to choose from. It was only later that I just RELAXED and I REMEMBERED how to BE instead of what to DO.

Intro – See this older post How the ENERGY moves through our hands

The EMERGENCY hold for healing a wound anywhere on the body FAST: place LEFT hand over RIGHT hand – then place the hands over the wound. See this older post for the photo and more of an explanation JSJ WOUND HEALING HOLD Helps even the deepest wound heal fast.

And while I’m at it….The EMERGENCY hold for taking anything that doesn’t belong in the body (from a splinter to a piece of glass or a contact that’s disappeared to the back of the eye) – and for any burns. Just place the RIGHT hand over the LEFT hand – then place the hands over the affected area. See this older post for this other Jin Shin Jyutsu Emergency Hold ESPECIALLY USEFUL FOR HEALING BURNS (use this hold first to draw out the burn, then the other hold to repair the skin….)

PS Thanks for the question.

Jin Shin Jyutsu First Aid #1: Pushes Energy IN

This first aid Jin Shin Jyutsu hold PUSHES THE ENERGY INWARDS for WOUND HEALING.

Just place your LEFT hand over your RIGHT hand and hold over the area affected – you don’t need to touch the skin if the wound is deep – just place your hands above it. It’ll work just the same!

Use this hold whenever you need to Keep Something In the Body, or to repair the body –

This hold closes cuts and heals wounds (I avoided stitches once when I cut my hand, and the scar today is hardly visible). Useful for heavy menstrual flow – just place your hands over the reproductive area. And also useful for healing scars.

Worst case scenario (but I’ve heard it works) – If there is an accident and the person has a large, gaping wound, then call the ambulance, and while you wait, place your hands in this position over the wound to keep everything intact in the body.