Jin Shin Jyutsu is a traditional Japanese healing art brought to the West by Mary Burmeister. It is based on Eastern philosophy with the understanding that life is formed out of a life energy that manifests itself in various depths and degrees of differentiation, from invisible cosmic forces to the visible body.
Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) is also referred to as "acupuncture without needles" because a light touch is applied with hands and fingers (whilst the client is fully clothed) to specific points on the body. This brings balance, can release deep tension and restore harmonious flow along the energetic pathways of the meridian system. It is an art, and takes into consideration the body, mind and spirit, allowing the creator power in our hands to get us in tune with universal supply.
Patterns of flow bring life energy to every cell. A stressful way of life, however, can cause this life energy to stagnate, leading to emotional imbalance and physical disorders.
Practicing Jin Shin Jyutsu means working with our hands, using them to touch and hold our fingers, as well as specific places on the body called Safety Energy Locks (SEL). This can dissolve energy blockages and re-balance life flow, regenerating us and restoring harmony. We can also use this art for self help.
A Jin Shin Jyutsu session lasts between 30 minutes and an hour, and does not involve massage or the use of substances. The session begins with "listening to the pulses" which is done by holding both wrists at the base of the thumb. This reveals to the practitioner information about the current flow of energy, indicating where help is needed. The emphasis is not on diagnosing, but on harmonizing. All diseases begin with blockages of energy which create an area of deficiency or excess/overload. Flow can be restored without creating additional emotional stress about the condition.
The treatment then consists of holding points in various combinations until complete harmony of energy and pulsation is established. The practitioner uses hands as "jumper cables" which help the energy field recharge the "battery of life". Then the body can reawaken the body's natural healing ability.
Being able to receive Jin Shin Jyutsu allows us to tune out and let go and surrender to some loving touch. It can help relieve many conditions and the benefits can help clients feel more relaxed and centered. Then as well as feeling refreshed and alert, we can open to our inner wisdom, and release trapped energies.
A regular self help routine can be a great way to alleviate stress and maintain health as well as provide a road to self knowledge.