Say What?

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Since the Japanese healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu® isn’t well known in the US yet and the phrase looks unfamiliar and perhaps even intimidating, people often apologize before they even try to say it.  The easiest way to pronounce it is to break it into parts: “Gin” like the drink, “Shin” like on your leg, “Jute” like rope, followed by “Sue.”  Both “Jute” and “Jit” are accepted variations.  Or just call it JSJ.

In Japanese, Jin stands for Man.  This particular “Man” is anyone who uses the Jin Shin Jyutsu healing art for themselves or others.  Shin stands for Creator or Source meaning whatever each “artist” considers the force or energy of the universe, be it God, Goddess, their Higher Self, All That Is, Love, or whatever.  No specific belief system is required for it to work.  Jyutsu means Art or Path so it’s all about life’s journey to greater awareness and connection to self, others, and everything else.  The words in combination mean Man Developing Awareness and Compassion.  In other words, Jin Shin Jyutsu® is the Art of Awakening, which would be so much easier to explain and pronounce!

The image on the left represents the Kanji characters for Jin Shin Jyutsu®.  Kanji is a form of Japanese writing.

Have you ever heard of Jin Shin Jyutsu®?  If so, did you think it was a martial art and not a healing one?


  1. Can I just call it JSJ? 🙂 I’m wondering if a session with you would be helpful for my ongoing memory problems. My gut tells me that anything supports reconnection to spiritual roots will also support physical healing. I am convinced it’s all intertwined.


    • Calling it JSJ is perfect. Even “that thing you do” works!

      Receiving JSJ as well as self-helps you can use at home could potentially be quite helpful with your memory. JSJ invites harmony on the physical, mental, emotional, as well as the spiritual level so the good news is we don’t have to know all the details of why things are the way they are in order to restore balance and promote healing. As you said, it’s all intertwined!


    • You’re not alone! I think I’m lucky I heard about it before I saw how it was spelled. Even the person who told me about it, who had taken a couple 5-day JSJ classes herself at that point, couldn’t spell it when I asked! Americanizing it to Jitsu instead of Jyutsu would certainly make it less of a challenge.


  2. Thanks Christy for explaining about what Jin Shin Jyutsu is all about and I love how you made it easy to say!
    I find it very interesting. I did think it was some type of martial arts. I look forward to reading more of your blogs.


    • Thank you Carla. It always helps when we’ve at least heard of something and can pronounce it, right? The person who told me about it couldn’t remember how to spell Jyutsu! All a grand learning experience. 🙂


    • Well, it certainly sounds like a martial art. No one ever thinks Reiki sounds like one, do they? Not sure whether name recognition will ever be easy with this art but maybe people can can used to referring to it as JSJ after a while. Thanks for your comment, Diane.


    • Hi Pat, I’m glad my post exposed you to something new! Jin Shin Jyutsu, an acupressure technique, shares some aspects of acupuncture although without needles. I don’t have an aversion to needles but the one time I received acupuncture it was so uncomfortable I knew it was not for me.


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