Jin Shin Jyutsu (pronounced
Jit-su) is an ancient healing art that helps to balance the vital
energy of the whole person- mind, body, and spirit. Loosely translated,
it means “the art (or way) of the Creator through Man.”
Japanese scholar Jiro Murai revived it in the early 1900’s.
Murai studied the Kojiki (Ancient Record of Things) and
devoted a lifetime to the study of Jin Shin Jyutsu (sometimes
shortened to just Jin Shin.) A Japanese- American apprentice of his, Mary
Burmeister, brought Jin Shin to the U. S. in the 1960's. Since then, she has shared
her knowledge with instructors who now teach seminars worldwide,
including Europe, the U.S. and South America. Self-help classes
are also available.
Many describe Jin Shin as acupuncture without
the needles, using the hands as "jumper cables". Based
on the 12 organ flow concept, it utilizes 52 "Safety Energy
Locks" or SEL's (similar to acupoints or trigger points),
26 on each side of the body. When one or more of these areas become
blocked, the resulting stagnation can lead to fatigue, illness
or disease. The practitioner places fingertips (over clothing)
on SEL's in a sequence which cumulatively is known as a "flow". Sessions typically begin and end with the practitioner
listening to the pulses at the wrists, using information from
the pulse to choose a flow. Sessions generally last about an hour.
Clients are also taught simple self-help exercises they can do
on their own.
Who can benefit from Jin Shin Jyutsu? Everyone!
From sports injuries to chronic illnesses to those wanting
to maintain their good health, Jin Shin is a valuable complement
to conventional medicines and treatments. Personally it has helped
with allergies, cold and flu symptoms, headaches, and recovering
from a car accident. Since it is extremely relaxing, it helps
reduce stress in the body and is beneficial for the parasympathetic
system. Cancer patients,
those with arthritis, back pains, digestive problems, and much
more have benefited from Jin Shin.
Pennie Sempell, a Jin Shin practitioner at the California
Pacific Medical Center works with heart transplant patients pre-
and post-operatively. She found that "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". It is a simple yet powerful
way to harmonize the whole person- body, mind, and spirit.
Kima Garrison is a Jin Shin
Jyutsu practitioner working in the Portland area. For more information
on Jin Shin, self-help classes, or practitioners in your area,
you can call her at (503)239-7340. For information on upcoming
seminars, call the main office at (480)998- 9331.