Jin Shin Jyutsu: The Ancient Japanese Healing Touch

Joan first experienced back pain in her middle thirties. It began with mild pain sensations in her lower back. These went away after a few days of rest. But the pain came back.

This time, it was worse. Her doctor could find no specific cause of her pain. After prescribing pain-killers, he sent Joan home.

The pain-killers brought little relief, but some uncomfortable side effects. Upset stomach, dizziness, sleepiness during the day, and a feeling of “just not being right” were the most frequent.

She tried other things. Nothing worked.

Then one of her friends told her of a healer who used Jin Shin Jyutsu (jit-soo) on her, leading to immediate pain relief. Thinking she had nothing to lose, Joan agreed to see this healer. After only one session, she felt much better. Her pain lessened greatly, she felt
more relaxed, and more at peace than she had in months. One more session, and her back pain was gone.

This is a typical scenario familiar to healers around the world who use the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu.

What is Jin Shin Jyutsu?

Healers in the Far East have known for centuries that illness is rooted in tension and imbalance. Unreleased body tension causes an imbalance of energies that adds to fatigue and discomfort. When this condition continues, illness and degenerative diseases develop. Over time, healing arts were developed to help restore balance among body energies.

Jin Shin Jyutsu is one of these ancient healing arts widely known and practiced even before the births of Buddha and Moses. Its primary aim is to release deep tension in the body and restore the free flow of energy. With the release of tension and restoration of energy balance, your body can begin healing itself again. Better health, less pain, faster healing, and increased resistance to disease and degeneration are the natural result.

More than a healing art, Jin Shin Jyutsu is a philosophy for life. Practitioners recognize there are twenty-six “Safety Energy Locks” (SELs) located along energy pathways which feed life into your body. When one or more of these paths become blocked at an SEL, little or no energy flows to the local area. This energy stagnation leads to an eventual
loss of harmony along the entire energy path resulting in illness and degeneration.

Healers who use Jin Shin Jyutsu use gentle touch to release body energies that have been “dammed up” at an SEL by stress, physical energy, emotional strain, or mental fatigue. The skillful use of touch is applied at several of these SELs at different places on the body in a certain sequence. This gentle pressure releases energy blockages to restore proper energy flow.

Reestablishing proper energy flow throughout your body immediately reduces stress and tension and restores stability to your mind, body, and spirit. The long-term result is increased health and well-being.

What Happens In A Treatment Session?

Because of the gentle, non-invasive nature of Jin Shin Jyutsu, almost anyone can be helped by it. Even those for whom the gentlest massage would be painful can be helped by Jin Shin Jyutsu, making it useful for even young children, the very elderly, and other fragile individuals.

Most treatment sessions last for an hour. You’ll lie on a table, fully clothed. At first, the healer will “listen” to your pulses on each wrist to discover existing harmony and disharmony in your energy system. This and your symptoms help the healer determine the flows that are most needed. Healers then use their hands like “jumper cables,” touching Safety Energy Locks, usually two at a time, in sequence. This restores the flow of your body energy through affected areas. You’ll feel noticeably more relaxed at this time.

Self-help exercises are also taught for you to continue treatment at home, making Jin Shin Jyutsu a long-term and cost effective solution to

Jin Shin Jyutsu in the Treatment of Pain

Western medical doctors typically lean more toward the use of medications and surgery to treat pain. Seldom do they consider turning to other healing arts to relieve their patients’ suffering.

One of the most immediate benefits of Jin Shin Jyutsu is the reduction in levels of stress. Reducing stress in the body has many positive health benefits, not least of which includes allowing your body to heal faster and feel less pain.

Scientific studies have repeatedly shown that acupressure techniques similar to the specific touch patterns used in Jin Shin Jyutsu are useful in many other ways too, including reduced fatigue, decreased post-operative pain, decreased chronic pain symptoms and increased perception of quality of life.

Perhaps most impressive though are the many testimonials from people who have found Jin Shin Jyutsu to provide pain relief when nothing else worked for them. If you suffer from chronic lower back pain, neck pain, or other ailment, Jin Shin Jyutsu may just give you the pain relief you’ve been looking for.

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Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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1 thought on “Jin Shin Jyutsu: The Ancient Japanese Healing Touch”

  1. Becky Jenkins says:

    This is a great article, I really look forward to reading more of them.

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