Your Hands or Mine?

myhands_m2Jin Shin Jyutsu® (JSJ) Japanese acupressure self-helps empower anyone applying their hands as jumper cables to improve their harmony and health.  So why would you see a practitioner when you can “do it yourself?”

For starters, JSJ self-helps abbreviate each “flow,” or series of harmonizing pairs of acupressure points, down to just one hold.  Most Jin Shin Jyutsu flows contain at least four steps, some close to twenty.  Generally the first flow step or “anchor step” becomes the self-help for the flow if the points are physically accessible.  While this step represents the complete flow, it only contains one element of the energy redirection process, essentially an energetic shortcut.

Jin Shin Jyutsu, while beautifully simple in some ways, actually encompasses a vast amount of material with interdependencies and complexity requiring lifelong learning.  As practitioners we devote ourselves to the art and all its nuances.  While you can effectively hold your middle finger to harmonize anger, for example, it may not unhook the root cause of the disharmony.

Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioners process four kinds of input to determine what flow sequences best support your harmony: what “projects” you report, what your pulses “say,” what your body reveals when you lie at rest on the treatment table, plus intuition and experience.  While self-helps can create significant positive shifts, tricky or imbedded projects often require both objectivity and additional expertise to reveal the most effective treatment.  In-person sessions also tend to create physical relaxation, further inviting harmony and wholeness, although remote sessions also provide significant health benefits.

I love how the healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu contains self-helps accessible for daily use but I also enjoy the deep benefits of seeing my own practitioner for treatments.  Are you more of a do-it-yourself person, someone who enjoys being supported by a practitioner, or do you prefer a mix of the two?


    • Thanks, Joanne! I sometimes do what you describe as well although with Jin Shin Jyutsu while I might go for a specific complaint or project, I’ve found it supports me more generally (plus it feels great!), providing a more robust foundation for my on-going health. I saw a Trager Bodywork practitioner every other week for a decade before I found JSJ so I guess I’ve followed this philosophy in the past as well.


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