Jin Shin Jyutsu, like Acupressure and Acupuncture, harmonises and balances energy flows. It does not involve the use of needles, massage, manipulation of muscles or deep pressure. Instead, the practitioner gently places fingertips on various body points, restoring balance in particular energy pathways. Jin Shin Jyutsu is a valuable complement to conventional healing methods. It boosts our own profound healing capacities and thus promotes optimal health, well-being and vitality.
This dynamic ancient art was rediscovered by Jiro Murai, a Japanese philosopher, in the early 1900s. Murai, upon recovering from an illness diagnosed as terminal, vowed to research the connection between his amazing recovery and his utilisation of hand mudras. The result of his years of study and experimentation are available now to all of us, a new renaissance of this physio-philosophy.
Mary Burmeister brought the wisdom of Jin Shin Jyutsu to the United States in 1954. She and her father, Uhachi Iino, had studied with Jiro Murai in Japan. Her studies with Murai continued, through correspondence, until his death in the early 1960s. For years, Mary Burmeister was the sole instructor of the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu in this country. There are now associate instructors teaching five-day seminars in the US, Canada, South America and Europe.
In a typical Jin Shin Jyutsu session, which lasts about an hour, the recipient remains clothed and lies face up on a treatment table, usually a comfortably cushioned surface. The practitioner gently places fingertips on various safety energy locks in a harmonising sequence or flow. This facilitates the release of blockages in particular energy pathways as well as aids the body in restoring balance. There are many energy pathways in the body, each with a distinct function and essence. Practitioners may offer self-help homework to continue harmonising support.
An art that supports harmony in body, mind, emotions and spirit, Jin Shin Jyutsu gives us the opportunity to engage in self-study to utilise self-help. It aids us in recognition of the wisdom of the body. Mary Burmeister says, "In Jin Shin Jyutsu, there are no teachers or masters, we are all the same. Be the example. Be your own testimony."
The practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu is easily adapted for use along with certain other forms of bodywork. For instance, a client may experience a Therapeutic Massage followed by the very gentle, deeply-soothing and relaxing Jin Shin Jyutsu treatment.
Jin Shin Jyutsu offers an opportunity for deep relaxation, as well as releasing the stress that often interferes with optimum health. An effective tool in the treatment of disease or as a preventative measure, Jin Shin Jyutsu is a gift available to all.