Jin Shin Jyutsu, translated as “the art of the creator in the person of compassion,” is a type of energy therapy during which a practitioner uses gentle acupressure and massage to produce curative effects upon the client’s mind, body, and spirit.
Similar to the practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine, this ancient Japanese treatment method, rediscovered by Jiro Murai in the early 1900s, is based upon the notion that energy flows through the human body and all of its surroundings. Through gentle touch, an individual becomes aware of his/her energy flows. This awareness is fundamental to health and well-being.
During a Jin Shin Jyutsu session, which typically lasts 50 minutes to an hour, the practitioner begins by asking the client questions about his/her medical history. Then, the practitioner performs a technique called “pulse listening” by placing his/her hands on the wrists of the client and assessing the client’s energy flows. This technique helps the practitioner to determine an appropriate treatment plan for the client and is often repeated at the end of the session to evaluate the client’s progress. After pulse listening, the practitioner uses his/her hands to apply very light pressure to specific points on the client’s body until the balance of energy has been restored. Multiple sessions may be necessary for long-term therapeutic effects. The practitioner may also advise the client on self-help techniques.
Jin Shin Jyutsu has been used to treat clients with cancer, headaches, chronic pain, mental conditions, sleep disorders, and many others ailments.