Earlier this spring, I introduced Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help to all 6 AHS locations weekly during lunch hours. Some of you may have been there but for those unable to attend I’d like to introduce you to my favorite healing modality and art for living life.
I fell in love with Jin Shin Jyutsu over 10 years ago when I was struggling with chronic pain. Finding real relief from receiving sessions inspired me to become a practitioner, and I’ve been passionate about this work ever since.
Jin Shin Jyutsu is a Japanese form of energy healing using light finger pressure (instead of needles, like those used in acupuncture) over specific areas of the body. The hands are similar to jumper cables if you can picture your body as the battery. Jin Shin Jyutsu restores the flow of energy blocked by the stressors of daily life, physical trauma, and illness. It can be helpful to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, discomfort and pain bringing about a sense of relaxation and well-being. Jin Shin Jyutsu is effective in increasing energy and improving mental perspective, lowering blood pressure, alleviating migraines/headaches, back pain/sciatica, menopausal conditions and respiratory functions. It can also be useful in treating critical health situations, alleviating pain and symptoms of nausea and discomfort resulting from surgery, anesthesia, and/or radiation and chemotherapy.
A unique feature of Jin Shin Jyutsu is the practice of self-help. Not only do a practitioner’s hands help to bring balance to a body but each of you can use your own hands to jump start your energy daily. It’s as simple as holding a finger(s) or specific area of the body to energize your “run down battery.” Jin Shin Jyutsu is easy and simple to learn and utilize, and is perfect for anyone who wants to participate in their own wellness program.
This self-help practice is great, because it doesn’t require any equipment or dedicated space to practice. Once you learn how to feel the pulsations in your body, you can practice anywhere — on the train, in line at the grocery, or during a meeting.
Give it try right now! Here’s a simple way to start:
- Gently wrap the fingers of one hand around the thumb on your other hand (you don’t have to squeeze; be gentle)
- Take a deep breath, relax and drop your shoulders
- Wait to see if you can feel a pulsation within your grasp
- After a few minutes (try for 2 to 3 at first just to give you an idea), switch and hold your other thumb
- You can try this with each finger to bring about a sense of relaxation and well-being