In, Out…Repeat

DeepBreath_smEvery physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual disharmony arises from either an inhale or exhale issue or both according to the ancient healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu®.  Harmony occurs when the balance of inhale and exhale is “just right,”  like Goldilocks finding her perfect bed.  Maintaining your inhale-exhale balance supports on-going health.

When you don’t exhale adequately, you don’t remove enough and can accumulate toxins.  Think of a hoarder who can’t let go of material possessions, sometimes to the point where accumulated garbage threatens their health.  Likewise you don’t want food to linger in your digestive system nor do you want to hold on to criticisms or worries.  Exhaling is all about letting go and unfortunately many of us are in the habit of holding our breath whether we’re conscious of it or not.

If you can’t inhale sufficiently, you don’t receive enough and get depleted.  Think of a mountain climber attempting to summit Mount Everest without an oxygen tank, how every system of the body starts shutting down when oxygen-deprived.  Other forms of inhaling or receiving are taking in compliments, providing your body the diverse nutrients needed for optimum health, and allowing down time.

When you exhale, visualize exhaling down to your big toes.  Notice how this creates space in your body.  When you inhale, allow air to expand your abdomen fully.  Notice how this makes you feel expanded and filled.

Based on the JSJ model, you inhale up the back of your body and exhale down the front.  The Safety Energy Locks on the front of the body help you exhale and the ones on the back help you inhale.  Safety Energy Lock (SEL) 1 is the most supportive for exhaling, 2 for inhaling, and 3 for both inhaling and exhaling.  You can gently hold the points for thirty-six out-breaths and in-breaths, for a fixed length of time, or until it feels “done.” Safety Energy Lock Diagram 



  1. Love your explanations, Christy! You’ve managed to give new life and meaning to inhaling and exhaling, something I’ve heard yoga instructors and doctors describe in too much detail. Thank you for another enlightening post 🙂


    • Thank you, Joanne, I’m glad I brought something new to your understanding of breathing! Many years ago a psychotherapist suggested I remember to breath which I found exceedingly odd since breathing happened automatically. Yet so much of what passes as normal breathing these days leaves us out of harmony.


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