Jin Shin Jyutsu: Energy Medicine for Body, Mind, & Spirit
How It Works
A Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner uses both hands (referred to as "jumper cables") to hold a combination of Safety Energy Locations. SELs are the area in the body that can become congested and can lock up. When this happens, energy cannot flow freely. This pattern will cause disharmony or disease. As the SELs release and balance is restored, the client experiences physical, mental and spiritual harmony. By using our hands and placing them on certain areas, we can open the SELs and release the congestion. The energy flow can now move uninterrupted, down the front of the body and up the back. When all the energy is flowing in harmony, there is a sense of well-being and happiness. It is in this state, that healing can occur. The work encourages a life of simplicity, calmness, patience and self-containment. It is the philosophy and spirit of the work, not the technique, that attracts people to Jin Shin Jyutsu.
Jin Shin Jyutsu can be easily practiced on oneself. As a matter of fact, it is an integral part of the art. A daily maintenance program as well as a specific individual program can be designed by you or your practitioner. You can practice on yourself as a way to maintain harmony in your body and break down new congestions. There is no time limit on how much time one can spend applying Jin Shin Jyutsu to oneself. It takes 20 minutes to complete one circulation pattern. You can also hold a SEL (point) or finger for a couple of minutes. It is interesting to observe that we give ourselves Jin Shin Jyutsu without even being aware of it. We naturally hold certain fingers or SEL's (points) as we know subconsciously what needs to be harmonized. It is an innate part of our wisdom, we are all born with this knowledge. How often do we see a baby suck her/his thumb? This is exactly what the baby needs. There are many other examples. Jin Shin Jyutsu is really about self-study and becomes a way of life. Listening, observing and studying oneself on a spiritual, mental, emotional and physical level is the key to knowing and helping oneself. Jin Shin Jyutsu teaches us how to energize, support and harmonize our total body.
You can hold each finger one at a time to help the entire body. (As demonstrated above) You will feel a pulse in the finger and when it's a nice, even pulse it means that it's harmonized. You can hold one finger only or work through each of them, one at a time. Use whichever side feels comfortable. Use your breath as you're holding the fingers to help move the energy through the body. One nice exercise is to consciously exhale and inhale 3 times per finger and palm. This completes the 36 recommended conscious breaths per day.
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I came to New York from the Netherlands in the mid-80's to be a dancer. One day in practice I hurt my knee and by the recommendation of a friend I went for a Jin Shin Jyutsu session. After a brief session and some notes on how to treat myself, I was able to restart rehearsals immediately and learned how to stay free of injury. Shortly after I took a workshop with the woman who became and still is my mentor and teacher, Philomena Dooley. Jin Shin Jyutsu changed my life, I have learned how to be aware of exactly what's going on and how to harmonize the energy in my body, mind, and spirit at all times. I've been a practitioner since 1991 and have witnessed many incredible transformations through this healing art. In 2015 I was asked to carry on the legacy founded by Pamela Markarian Smith as the President of Jin Shin Institute. We are located in New York City and we offer various workshops and trainings as well as private sessions.
Jin Shin Institute
165 E 82nd St
New York, NY 10028