“If you are looking for a helping hand, why don’t you start looking at the end of your own arm?” –Mary Burmeister
Practicing the Art of Self-Healing – Jin Shin Jyutsu begins from understanding the power and magic of our own hands. As obvious as this may sound, and despite the fact that we all know how powerful compassionate touch can be when we are hurting, most of us will still doubt that holding our fingers or placing our hands on the body can be an effective way to treat or alleviate ‘dis-ease’. Can we help ourselves and others through the mere touch of our hands? The answer is yes. Those of us who practice Jin Shin Jyutsu have witnessed countless instances of the power and effectiveness of this innate, ever-accessible, and free ‘medicine’ (no side-effects, guaranteed!): the touch of our own hands. Maybe there is some truth to the notion that what we are most afraid of are our own innate powers. For why else would we come to neglect and distance ourselves from this harmonizing and healing art that is always ‘at hand’?
What is Jin Shin Jyutsu, and how does it work?
The name 'Jin Shin Jyutsu’ comes from the Japanese, and it literally means “the Art of the Creator through Compassionate Man.” Jin Shin Jyutsu® is a traditional Japanese healing art that harmonizes life energy, a ‘physio-philosophy’ that not only alleviates ‘dis-ease’ but guides us to the place where I “now know myself.”
Rediscovered in the early 20th century by Jiro Murai (1886-1960), who cured himself of terminal illness by practicing traditional Japanese hand postures known for their healing power (the so-called ‘Inju’s’), Jin Shin Jyutsu was brought to the West by Jiro Murai’s devoted student Mary Burmeister. Thanks to Jiro Murai’s and Mary Burmeister’s lifelong study and practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu, and thanks to the devotion of the many JSJ-students as well as all JSJ, Inc.-authorized instructors, this art of healing through the innate curative power of our own hands has been passed down through several generations, helping thousands of people in the US and all around the world to heal themselves.
How to practice Jin Shin Jyutsu?
Jin Shin Jyutsu can be easily practiced by placing our hands on specific points on the body – the so-called ‘Safety Energy Locks’ – which sets the healing flow of energy in motion. This creates harmony and supports inner balance in body, mind and spirit. This choreography of touch, as well as the holding of individual fingers, dissolves physical, emotional and spiritual blockages and opens up energy paths, thus restoring our overall harmony and health. Our hands ‘jumper cable’ our life energy, as it were, thereby recharging our ‘battery’ and, consequently, the whole person.
Most recently, Waltraud Riegger-Krause, a long-time student of Mary Burmeister and authorized instructor of Jin Shin Jyutsu has created an easy-to-read-and-use book-and-card-set that allows us to quickly find the appropriate self-treatment (a symptoms index is provided as well) and, thereby, to immediately benefit from Jin Shin Jyutsu’s therapeutic powers, while also gaining an in-depth understanding of its profound wisdom. This book-and-card-set is nothing less than a veritable Jin Shin Jyutsu First Aid Kit together with a thorough presentation of this healing art all in one. As Jed Schwartz, a fellow instructor at JSJ, Inc., so poignantly puts it: HEALTH IS in YOUR HANDS: Jin Shin Jyutsu® – Practicing the Art of Self-Healing is a “must for anyone wanting to learn how to help themselves and those around them, for anyone seeking personal empowerment in their own health.”
I am a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner and self-help teacher. I am passionate about sharing the gift of Jin Shin Jyutsu with anybody looking for self-empowerment in their own health and wellness. Guest bloggers from the Jin Shin Jyutsu community who are eager to share their knowledge are always welcome.