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(Self) Help for the Sleepless

March 28, 2013

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NOT SLEEPING LIKE A BABY?

One of the concerns I often hear in my practice is difficulty sleeping;  getting to sleep and/or staying asleep.   There are many variables that can affect our sleep patterns; hormones (or the lack thereof), diet, allergies, the mattress/pillows we are using, lack of exercise, electrical interference, light, sound, etc.  You may need to address some of those to get great sleep but there are ways to harmonize sleep projects using Jin Shin Jyutsu on yourself.  Here are four Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help techniques that may help:

Method 1:  A simple way to harmonize a condition of insomnia is to hold the thumb including the pad of your thumb.  Hold left then right (or vice versa) until you feel a pulse in each (or hold for 2 minutes if pulse is not detected). To maximize the result, exhale, drop your shoulders, smile and naturally inhale as you hold each digit.  Many people do multiples of 9 exhalations and inhalations, up to 36 times per thumb. You can do this breathing practice with each finger hold or flow below.

Method 2:  Place thumbs or finger or fingers on LEFT and RIGHT base of skull.  This can be done sitting down, standing or lying down.

Method 3: Place left hand on right base of skull, right hand on left cheek bone.  Then right hand on left base of skull, left hand on right cheek bone.

Method 4:  Hold right ring finger with the left hand and then left ring finger with the right hand.

Try these and soon you will be sleeping like  a baby!

I’m dancing as fast as I can

September 20, 2011

 

 

 

 

Do you ever feel like there will never be an end to all the things you need to get done?  Do you sometimes feel like a hamster in a wheel running as fast as you can?

This is a common way of being in our culture and over time it can have serious health consequences.  Often called being in the ‘adrenal mode’ or  the ‘fight-or-flight mode’, early humans needed this ability to outrun saber tooth tigers.

Now we use it to get the kids to school on time, get to that appointment, drive in traffic, you get the picture.  It serves the same purpose but we get into a habit of it in our typical western lifestyle and use our adrenal energy edge way too much.  Over time this can lead to adrenal fatigue where we are just out of energy all the time and can never seem to get rested and rejuvenated.

There are many things we can do for ourselves with Jin Shin Jyutsu to help prevent adrenal fatigue.  One of them is to hold your 23 (on the back where the ribs meet the spine near the waist) while also holding the opposite 1 (inside of the knee).  Relax your shoulders and breathe.  Hold this for a few minutes  then switch and do the other side 23 and opposite 1.  You will start to feel a balance and energy return.  (By the way, if your adrenals are already fatigued you might need some full Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions to clear things out so the self help is more effective.)

Another thing that is very interesting and helpful along these lines is this.  When we go into an adrenal mode studies show that we instinctively clench our jaw to protect our face, we raise our shoulders to protect our neck and we make a fist to protect our hands.  When you relax your jaw, your shoulders and your fingers you physically cannot be in an adrenal mode-seriously!  And remember to breath as you relax.  Practice this and see if you don’t find yourself getting out of and staying out of that adrenal mode more easily.  I have found it pretty interesting.

We are now moving toward a busy time of year so I invite you to practice these two techniques now to help yourself deal with the coming onslaught of ‘doing’, being able to  regenerate and re-invigorate!

Be well!

We all have the innate power to help ourselves at our fingertips!

June 14, 2011

We have so much of what we need to improve our health and reverse the effects of aging right at our fingertips.  Today I have a free Jin Shin Jyutsu lesson for you.  This is just the tip of the iceberg of what you can learn to do with Jin Shin Jyutsu.  My next Jin Shin Jyutsu Class for Self Help is in July where you will learn much, much more.  (This class will be videotaped for future use as an online class, so won’t be teaching in the Santa Rosa area again for a while as I prepare the online class program.)  For more information and to register online go to: http://jin-shin–jyutsu.com/classes.html

Use this simple 6 steps below each day to harmonize your Main Universal Revitalizing Energy.  Try this exercise everyday for at least 7 days and see what differences you notice…It’s that simple!  

MAIN CENTRAL VERTICAL FLOW 

The Main Central Vertical Flow is the source of our life energy. This pathway runs down the center of  the front of the body and back up the spine. Here is a Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help process to harmonize this pathway.

Harmonizing the Main Central regularly helps you feel centered and ensures that you will have plenty of energy. Some people find it calming and use it to fall asleep, while others like to use it to invigorate themselves upon awakening. For optimum results, use this daily.

MAIN CENTRAL VERTICAL FLOW

Step 1: Place the fingers of the right hand on the top of the head (where they will remain until step 6). Place the fingers of the left hand on your forehead between your eyebrows. Hold for 2 to 5 minutes or until the pulses you feel at your fingertips synchronize with each other.

Aids: Memory, dissipates senility, helps pituitary & pineal glands

Step 2: Now move the left fingertips to the tip of the nose. Hold them there for 2 to 5 minutes, or until the pulses synchronize.

Aids: The reproductive and digestive systems

Step 3: Move the left fingertips to your sternum (center of your chest between your breasts). Stay there for 2 to 5 minutes, or until the pulses synchronize.

Aids: Breathing, harmonizes mental/emotional projects

Step 4: Move your fingers to the base of your sternum (center of where your ribs start, above the stomach).  Hold them there for 2 to 5 minutes, or until the pulses synchronize.

Aids: Digestion, balances nervous system, helps all organs

Step 5: Move your fingers to the top of your pubic bone (above the genitals, center). Stay there for 2 to 5 minutes, or until the pulses synchronize.

Aids: exhalation, strengthens and aligns the spine

Step 6: Keep your left fingertips in place and move your right fingertips to cover your coccyx (tailbone). Hold for 2 to 5 minutes or until the pulses you feel at your fingertips synchronize with each other.

Aids: in circulation of legs and feet

Note: The right hand remains on the top of the head while the left hand moves down the body until the final step.

It’s that simple to start reducing stress and healing yourself!  Share this information with others who also want Better Health for Themselves.   

Jin Shin Jyutsu and the information on this page is not a substitute for conventional medical treatment or emergency care. If you have a medical condition, consult your regular medical professional or emergency care provider. 

  This version of the Main Central Vertical flow is copyright JSJ Inc 

 

Spring Cleaning

April 26, 2011

Last weekend I was consumed by cleaning everything in sight.  It didn’t occur for me until the end of the day that ‘Oh, it’s spring and I’ve got the spring cleaning bug!’  It’s always been a natural inclination for me to want to clear out the cobwebs after the long winter and I think it’s natural for most of us.  You see it in nature when you look around in the spring.  Birds are clearing out old nests to make way for new ones, spring winds are cleaning up left over leaves and other natural refuse and spring plants are pushing up through the old compost to create new colors and fresh life.

So this is a good time to do some spring cleaning for your body too.  There are many things we can do to ‘detox’ the body.  We can take supplements that cleanse the digestive system, we can do fasting that supports the body in releasing old toxins, we can do detoxing baths or foot baths to name a few.

In Jin Shin Jyutsu, there is a point that is known as the body’s janitor because it releases excess garbage.  When my daughter was little she used to call these points ‘the trash guys’.  In computer vernacular they would be like the ‘delete button’.  They are known as the #11’s and they are located at the upper tip of the scapula (shoulder blade) near the neck.  In fact, these points can ‘fill up’ all the way to the neck so ideally that whole area should be clear of tension and discomfort.  These 11’s also help with releasing daily fatigue and help unburden the breathing function.

To release the #11’s you can hold the #11 with the opposite hand and make a ring with the thumb and ring finger with the same side  hand.  Relax your shoulders, breathe and just hold that for a few minutes.  Then do the opposite side.  This will help to clean your body out of old excess baggage making way for the freshness of life that the springtime embodies.

To learn more about doing Jin Shin Jyutsu on yourself, you may want to take the class I’m offering in May:

http://jin-shin–jyutsu.com/classes.html

For some other tips on spring cleaning your physical environment in a more ‘green’ sustainable way, there are some good tips here:

http://acadiaconstruct.com/ACADIAMarch2010SpringCleaning.aspx

HAPPY CLEANING!

Jin Shin Jyutsu for the Holidays

December 9, 2010

Calming the mind and the nerves

December is here and with it the joy and the stress of the holidays.  For some it is the stress of shopping for the right gifts, family gatherings, eating and drinking more and different than usual, too much to do and not enough time to do it.  For some it is a lonely time with friends and family far away, difficulty making ends meet financially or loved ones lost.  For most the winter weather poses stress on our bodies; shorter days giving us less sunlight and often causing the depression of Seasonal Affective Disorder.  The colder weather can challenge our immune system resulting in colds and flu and it is generally more difficult to get the helpful physical exercise we are used to in summertime.

Using Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help techniques we can help ourselves release the stress and strain of the holidays leaving us relaxed and free to enjoy the holidays no matter what our situation.

While there are many, many self help techniques you could use, one that I find very useful this time of year CALMS the MIND and the NERVES.  There is a point on the outside of the wrist (little finger side of the wrist)  and it is in the ‘bowl’ just above the wrist bone (ulna).  See the photo for the location.  In Jin Shin Jyutsu this is known as the #17 and among other things, the #17 helps to calm the mind and nerves.  You just lightly hold this point, relax your shoulders and breathe and in a few minutes you will feel more relaxed and peaceful.

May you and yours have a peaceful and healthy holiday season!

Winterizing Your Health

October 15, 2010

It’s almost Halloween but winter is on it’s way and the flu season has already begun!  We winterize our homes, gardens and vehicles to prepare them for the winter. If we are smart, we will do the same with our bodies.

Jin Shin Jyutsu is a powerful way to prepare your body and strengthen your immune system as well.  And if you do catch a ‘bug’, a Jin Shin Jyutsu session will accelerate your healing.

The following is an article by a Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner the points out how valuable Jin Shin is in maintaining our health:

 

Jin Shin Jyutsu: More Than Just A Luxury?
By Don Adamsfile:///Users/jane/Desktop/Hazels%20Memories.doc

‘”Here’s one of the most often-asked questions regarding Jin Shin Jyutsu: Is it worth the expense? A Jin Shin Jyutsu session is not just a luxury or an occasional treat. It is a valuable component of a well-rounded health care regimen, combating everything from chronic pain to cold/flu relief to the negative effects of stress.The misconception, that a holistic health session (such as Jin Shin Jyutsu) is just a luxury, is very common. Some people believe that a session is either an indulgence for the wealthy or a ‘treat’ for special occasions. Most practitioners have clients who come in only for a birthday or special holiday. We have also run into clients who have been made to feel guilty, by family or friends, for spending money on Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions.As with all energy and bodywork sessions, there is a cost; but that should be weighed against the benefits of treatment – better sleep, increased immune system, reduced aches & pains, reduced depression, lessened effects from stress, improved moods, to name a few. There is usually a way to budget for a regular session with a bit of re-prioritizing.

One thing we tell our clients is that you don’t have to be in pain or discomfort to benefit from a Jin Shin Jyutsu session. In addition to being effective for pain relief, a Jin Shin Jyutsu session will also help with reducing stress and with increasing one’s own sense of well-being.

*While getting an occasional Jin Shin Jyutsu session is beneficial to your mind, body & spirit, getting frequent sessions is even more dynamic.

Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioners know that people who get regular sessions show greater improvement and notice reduced pain and tension.

One way in which Jin Shin Jyutsu can improve our quality of life is by reducing stress. Many experts say that the majority of disease is stress-related, and nothing ages us faster – inside & out – than the effects of stress. In addition, stress-related diseases continue to claim more lives each year.

*Jin Shin Jyutsu is a great, proactive way to take charge and reverse the situation, because the benefits of Jin Shin Jyutsu are cumulative. That being the case, it only makes sense, then, that those aches and pains might go away faster, stay away longer or disappear altogether, with more frequent sessions. You may never get to the point where your immune system is compromised if you’re able to receive Jin Shin Jyutsu on a regular basis. Not only would your body benefit by regularly treating your aches and pains (instead of just living with them!), but your mind would be able to let go of the stresses of daily life, and your spirit would be uplifted.

Energy work, like Jin Shin Jyutsu, is preventative health care: it can address injuries, scar tissue and pain, as well as provide relief for people with more serious projects, like cancer. But it also helps us live a healthier life!

Jin Shin Jyutsu can help you:

*Increase your energy and clarity of thinking
* Reduce aches and pains caused by body disharmonies
* Boost your immune system
* Harmonizing blood pressure
* Helping infertility
* Reduce pain from chronic illnesses such as:
arthritis,chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, or lupus
* Experience better sleeping
* Repair broken bones more quickly
* Reduce depression and migraines
* Cope with addictions such as overeating
* Speed up the healing time from traumas, such as:
surgeries and accidents.
… and much more!”

Using Jin Shin Jyutsu for Recovery after Surgery

April 29, 2010

I have often told people going for surgery to schedule Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions with me before and after to speed their recovery.  One friend called me after a surgery that was not healing well.  She started receiving Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions and the healing improved dramatically.  Not long after she called me saying that she had to have the same surgery again.  This time I gave her Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions before and after surgery.  Even though she was barely recovered and strong enough to have a second surgery, she healed twice as fast as she did the first time.  It is rare to have this kind of study play out on the same person with the same surgery twice.  To have such dramatic results lends credibility to what I had been telling my clients for years;  come in for sessions before and after your surgery- you’ll heal faster!

Here is a link to an article that shares how Jin Shin Jyutsu was used before and after heart transplants at a major Medical Center in San Francisco:

http://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/index.php/article_id/315/Jin-Shin-Jyutsu-and-Modern-Medicine

Jin Shin Jyutsu and Modern Medicine
Ancient Art Meets Heart Transplant
By Pennie Sempell, J.D., C.M.T.
Originally published in Massage & Bodywork magazine, April/May 2000.
Copyright 2003. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.

Among the panoply of alternative approaches to wellness, Jin Shin Jyutsu is emerging as a complementary therapy offered to patients in conventional medical practices. As part of a multi-disciplinary group practice in which I participate at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, Jin Shin Jyutsu (pronounced “Jit-su”) has provided significant relief to patients suffering from a variety of complaints, while easily supporting whatever treatment regime their medical doctors may have prescribed. It has even been used in some of the most delicate situations — specifically, with pre- and post-operative heart transplant patients in extended intensive care hospitalization.

Jin Shin Jyutsu can be described as a time-honored healing art involving gentle application of hands on the body according to established procedures (addressing particular circulation pathways in a consistent, sequential pattern). It is intended to help harmonize and balance the vital energy of the whole person — mind, body and spirit — thereby rallying the body’s own healing mechanisms. While bearing conceptual similarities and lineage with acupuncture, acupressure and massage, Jin Shin Jyutsu is an exceptionally gentle, non-invasive therapy that works without the use of needles, pressure or rubbing. It is fair to describe this bodywork as a highly developed form of acupressure therapy.

Japanese in origin, the phrase “Jin Shin Jyutsu” translates as “the art of the Creator in the person of compassion.” This is a healing art based upon a natural, innate ability to harmonize ourselves using touch. For thousands of years, ancient peoples used this awareness both to heal themselves and others. Over time, however, this awareness diminished until it was all but forgotten. In the early 1900s, Japanese scholar and sage Jiro Murai recovered Jin Shin Jyutsu and trained students in this comprehensive body of knowledge.

How Does It Work?
Jin Shin Jyutsu is used to stimulate or awaken the movement of vital energy (known also as “chi,” “ki” or “prana”) along 52 “safety energy locks” (SELS) — 26 on each side of the body. Their location bears great resemblance to acupoints or trigger points. Medial and lateral points may also be used. SELS are located on numerous vital energy circulation flows (similar to meridians) which move through the body in a system as organized as that which is known to exist for the nervous system, lymphatic system, circulatory system, etc. Deficiencies, over-stimulation, blockages and stagnation can develop in these circulation flows in response to various factors including lifestyle stresses, attitudes, intergenerational effects (genetics), environmental influences, illness and traumatic events.

It’s certain science doesn’t portend to understand the beneficial mechanism at work with Jin Shin Jyutsu. Conceptually, the hands of the practitioner touching the body of the receiver are envisioned as “jumper cables” in stimulating and awakening the movement of vital energy along the circulation flows. Selecting among dozens of procedures or “flows,” the practitioner applies those which she consciously determines or intuits as most helpful. The effectiveness of a session is enhanced by the practitioner’s ability to bring an unencumbered healing intention to each session, as well as following the established procedures. Personally, when giving a treatment I become meditative, while still maintaining a keen concentration on being present in a healing place of mind.

Medical patients who seek out Jin Shin Jyutsu typically report feeling profoundly relaxed immediately after a session, with amelioration of the underlying complaint over successive sessions. One can readily envision that many disorders, diseases and injuries could be helped by a dynamic reduction of physiological and emotional responses to stress, together with a dynamic boost in vitality or energy. Indeed, extensive clinical reports, as well as a handful of well-designed studies, suggest that a broad range of persistent complaints respond to Jin Shin Jyutsu as well as to touch therapy modalities.

In the course of my work with physicians, psychologists and other health care practitioners, I have been referred cases for such diverse disorders as chronic and acute pain, nausea, fatigue syndromes, anxiety, depression, immune deficiencies, asthma, high blood pressure, organ transplants, eating disorders, headaches, gastrointestinal disorders, hormone imbalances, recurrent urinary infections, insomnia, and adverse reactions to medicines, such as chemotherapy and radiation. It is not uncommon for people to try Jin Shin Jyutsu only after other conventional therapies and more popularized alternative modalities have failed, or have a limited benefit.

Heart Transplant Patients Benefit
A trial program at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, in which I have participated for two years, provides Jin Shin Jyutsu services to heart transplant patients. Few hospitalized patients have a more difficult wait than those awaiting a heart transplant. Donor organs are not readily available and the wait for a heart with an acceptable match can take many months. Meanwhile, the patient, whose heart is so diseased that a transplant is the only viable option for continued life, is at risk for numerous medical complications and physical discomforts, as well as psychological setbacks.

While the sample size was small, heart transplant patients reported experiencing extensive benefits from the sessions (offered once or twice weekly throughout their hospital stay). Comments included “helped dramatically to reduce pain,” “reduced anxiety and depression,” “promoted a deep sense of relaxation,” “aided bowel functioning,” “helped reduce physical discomforts in the body,” “helped improve mood,” and “aided restful sleep at night.”

A Transplant Success
One such patient, “Darlene,” has given permission for her story to be told, in the hopes that it will help educate others about the possibilities for easing suffering, rallying the body’s healing potential and enhancing personal growth with integration of this powerful touch therapy modality.

Responding to a request from the Coronary Care Unit of California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, its affiliated Institute for Health and Healing asked me to provide services under a trial program to Darlene and several other transplant patients.

Darlene, age 59 at the time of hospital admission, had a history of heart disease caused by bacterial infection. She underwent an experimental open heart surgical procedure in 1996 which failed to resolve her symptoms. Unable to manage at home, she had been hospitalized for several months when I first met her. Like many, Darlene was an open-minded skeptic about whether Jin Shin Jyutsu could possibly help alleviate the many discomforts, depression and pain she was experiencing.

Over the next nine months, Darlene received on average two Jin Shin Jyutsu treatments per week. She practiced Jin Shin self-help daily. Her response was almost immediate. Among the many benefits Darlene reported following Jin Shin Jyutsu treatments were: reduced anxiety, dramatically reduced pain in feet (caused by longstanding neuropathy), increased ability to attain deep relaxation, improved bowel functioning, reduced physical discomforts in her body, improved mood, and ability to attain restful sleep at night.

If a painful or uncomfortable medical procedure was in progress or about to be performed at the time I arrived, Darlene found the Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions to be particularly helpful in reducing the pain and tension she felt right then and there. I made it my practice never to get in the way of the medical staff’s work with Darlene, and more frequently, I found that the staff went out of their way to create an uninterrupted period of time for our sessions. Many times Darlene fell into a deep sleep during the bodywork.

On her birthday weekend, after 12 months awaiting a new heart, Darlene’s doctor gave her the good news — a heart was available. The nursing staff paged me at the patient’s request. I came in to provide Jin Shin Jyutsu support, working alongside the medical staff to help prepare Darlene for transplant surgery.

Each preparatory procedure, some of them excruciatingly painful for Darlene in the past, was accomplished with ease and minimal discomfort. The nursing staff reported, with surprise, that Darlene never needed sedatives. A lung pressure measure that was higher than desired for surgery resolved and stabilized more quickly than expected by the nursing staff in the final hours before the scheduled surgery. Darlene was astounded that she remained “cool as a cucumber,” alert and joking all the way into the operating room, in marked contrast to her prior open-heart surgery experience.

Darlene underwent the transplant surgery and a second surgery within 12 hours to close up a bleeding vein. Despite this ordeal, she was extubated within 24 hours and began eating solid food within 36 hours. I gave her a short treatment in ICU before extubation, and again on a daily basis during her hospital stay. Her progress proceeded very well for several weeks. However, a hospital-acquired infection under the breast bone required a major surgery to clear out the abscess, remove a portion of the sternum, and construct a flap from the pectoralis muscle.

Despite no less than three extended surgeries within approximately four weeks, Darlene was released to go home after six weeks, with continued excellent biopsy results and in high spirits. As an added benefit, Darlene believes the Jin Shin Jyutsu aided her not only in many physical and psychological ways throughout her hospital stay and surgery recovery, but also in her spiritual growth and personal awareness.

Darlene’s courage in facing the transplant operation and her desire to share her story is part of her personal growth, and should be an inspiration to others who seek to integrate ancient practices and modern medical assistance in their path toward improved health and happiness.

Suited to All
Intensive care patients, elderly, children, patients with pain and other weak or ill patients are often not candidates for alternative approaches involving invasive procedures or deep tissue work. With Jin Shin Jyutsu, gentle application of the hands over clothing and working from any position comfortable for the patient allows practitioners to extend potential benefits to a broader population base.

During a treatment session, the recipient typically lies down in a supine position (removing only shoes and wrist jewelry) on a massage table prepared with double sheeting. This allows for easy access under or on top of the body without requiring the patient to assist in any way. After an initial interview, the Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner, with sufficient mastery in the art of “pulse listening” will place her hands on the wrists of the patient and “listen” to a complex sensation.

Pulse listening, an ancient technique associated with Tibetan physicians and today’s acupuncturists, involves placing hands on both wrists to sense the energetic pulse. Within this vibration, practitioners can sense 70 different qualities and textures in the pulse. This ancient Oriental practice is believed to provide a view into the specific pattern of harmony or disharmony within the individual, which enables the practitioner to determine the most effective procedures to help promote balance. The energetic pulse may be “listened” to during the session and again at the end of the session to evaluate the shift in harmonization.

A single session lasts about 50 to 60 minutes for adults, and 15 to 20 minutes for children and fragile adults. After the practitioner selects the steps to apply to the identified circulation pathways in need for that session, she will place her hands on safety energy locks on the body which are intended to enhance a particular circulation flow’s movement and vitality. These SELS (52 primary points, 26 on each side) are nearly identical to acupoints or triggerpoints in other disciplines. The practitioner’s hands will move from point to point along the “flow” pattern, typically staying on any one SEL for a few minutes or more. For example, if applying the “Spleen Function Energy Flow,” the hands will be placed on five different energy locks, sequentially. These SELS closely correspond to several of the points where acupuncture needles would be placed. The Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner will move her hands (rather than needles) to the next SEL when she senses that harmonization of the underlying vital energy (as perceived through her fingertips) has been initiated. Three to seven complete procedures can usually be accomplished within a single session, each tailored to patient’s needs.

Borrowing From All
The body of knowledge that comprises Jin Shin Jyutsu is comprehensive in its application and in its origin. It takes from ancient Oriental healing traditions, as well as Hindi, Tibetan, Mediterranean and Native American traditions. As part of its understanding of healing systems, Jin Shin Jyutsu incorporates not only the concepts of a “universal life source,” “12 organ flows” and the “five element theory,” but also healing aspects of colors, musical notes, seasons, aromas, numerology and other metaphysical sciences.

A textbook, curriculum-based certification program exists for students worldwide, including continuing education credits for nurses and other health care providers. The training institute, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc., founded by renowned practitioner and teacher, Mary Burmeister and based in Scottsdale, Ariz., offers classes throughout the United States, Europe and South America on a regular basis. Burmeister has studied this art for more than 50 years, including an extensive apprenticeship with Japanese scholar Jiro Murai. Terms such as “master” or “grand master” are not used in Jin Shin Jyutsu. Humility and respectful performance of the work characterize the thousands of health care providers and others who have integrated this remarkable physio-philosophy into their lifestyles and professional practices.

The assemblage of knowledge that underlies Jin Shin Jyutsu is fascinating. Having been diagnosed with a terminal illness, Murai, a scholar and son of a prominent family of medical doctors, went to the family’s country cabin to die. There he meditated, fasted and practiced the ancient finger “mudras” (finger positions) from Hindi tradition, and to his great surprise, was cured within a short time.

This experience led Murai to devote his life to the study of the foundational healing principles as recorded in ancient and secret documents (to which he had special access through the Emperor Of Japan), such as the Kojiki (Ancient Record of Things), as well as biblical, Hindi, Tibetan and Oriental writings, among others. Over many years he conducted clinical trials and trained a handful of apprentices, including Burmeister.

Self-Help
I came to experience Jin Shin Jyutsu treatments in 1985 as an open-minded skeptic. Badly injured with broken ribs and pulled back muscles, I was also pregnant and unable to take conventional pain killers or muscle relaxants. With two toddlers at home and racked with pain, I was willing to try anything. My background at that time included a degree in psychology and a doctorate in law. I had worked throughout the 1970s, and into the ’80s at a multidisciplinary clinic specializing in biofeedback, stress-management and other mind/body modalities considered pioneering at the time. While I readily understood the notion of a mind/body connection, the idea of interfacing or affecting our vital energy and healing capacity using touch seemed implausible, if not out-and-out quackery.

Despite my skepticism, after my third Jin Sin Jyutsu treatment I noted with surprise that I couldn’t recall any pain since the first session. Chalking it up to coincidence, I missed a session or two, only to have the pain recur. Returning to twice-weekly sessions for another three weeks, I found the pain resolved and healing had rapidly progressed. Subsequently, I sent friends and colleagues with various disorders to the practitioner, who became my mentor and encouraged me to study the art. I initially trained with Burmeister, and saw this modality as a wonderful way to help friends and family in need. Time and again I was stunned by the reports of marked progress. Only rarely did a recipient of Jin Shin Jyutsu report no change.

Self-help is an important component of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Clients are taught simple self-help exercises to do in bed, at the office or while waiting in traffic, to relieve stress and to “jumper cable” their own energetic body to promote health and happiness. Our energetic body appears to benefit from a holistic approach to health. Combining the best modern medicine has to offer with the best in ancient traditions provides patients with diverse and comprehensive approaches to their health care. Finding ever more effective ways of collaborating and integrating these beneficial, traditional approaches with conventional medicine will assist each of us in reaching our potential for health and happiness.

Ahh Ahh Choo! Allergies!

April 11, 2010

In Eastern medicine, a big contributor to allergies is sluggish Liver Function Energy. One of the ways to help your Liver Function Energy is by holding your middle finger. Wrap the fingers of one hand around the middle finger of the other. Keep your hold loose, not tight, relax your shoulders and breathe. Feel for a pulsing and wait until the pulsing becomes smooth and rhythmic. Then switch and hold the other middle finger. This will help your body cope with the incoming allergens in a more efficient way.

Relief for Back Pain

March 13, 2010

When I was first introduced to Jin Shin Jyutsu 21 years ago, it was because I was having chronic back pain and conventional medicine was ineffective in relieving it.  Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient healing art that can be self -applied.  I haven’t had back issues since I started treating myself with Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Here is a simple and effective way to help your back using the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu:

  1. First place the fingers of one hand lightly on the center chest on the sternum (breastbone) level with the 3rd rib down.
  2. Place the other hand at the base of the spine as close to the coccyx (tailbone) lightly and as comfortably possible.
  3. Relax your shoulders, breathe and feel for a pulsing.  (It will feel similar to a heartbeat pulse but a different rhythm.)
  4. Hold until the pulses smooth out to a even and rhythmic pulse.
  5. Move up the spine vertebra by vertebra as far as you comfortable can, synchronizing the pulses at each vertebra.
  6. If there is still pain, move the hand that is on the spine up over your shoulder and down the spine as far as you comfortably can harmonizing the pulses at each vertebra up through the neck to the base of the skull.

You will be amazed how this helps relieve most common back pain!

Saving Those Knees!!!

January 26, 2009

Ok!  Let’s get started!  This is where you can find tips on improving your health and well-being that you generally won’t hear in a doctor’s office.  These are tips that won’t make anyone a lot of money (like drug companies or medical supply businesses) but they will make you healthier.  I am not a doctor, but YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE to improve your health.  Health is your birthright!

KNEES-here is a simple tip for saving your knees.  When you get into a car, sit first then swing your legs around inside the car.  When you put one leg in and then drag the rest of your body to follow, like most people do, notice what happens to your knees.  They get torqued or twisted and over time this wears on the knees.  If you have a knee injury and you continue torquing your knees, they can’t heal well.  So try this tip.  The same applies when you are getting out of a car;  swing your legs out and stand up so that neither knee is strained by being twisted.  

Be well,

Jin Shin Jane


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