Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) is an ancient pressure point healing practice that was handed down from generation to generation, but gradually this practice was all but forgotten.
What is Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ)?
The translation of JSJ is “The Art of the Creator through Compassionate Man”. For thousands of years, ancient people used JSJ to heal both themselves and others.
This practice was found in the early 20th century by Master Jiro Murai, a Japanese therapist and theorist, who used this technique in response to his own illness.
One of his most devoted students, Mary Burmeister, introduced JSJ to the West in the early 1960s, and today JSJ is taught worldwide.
The practice of massaging or puncturing pressure points is based on a holistic method to medicine, where the whole body and all its organs and systems are linked, with one area interacting with other areas.
What Is The Goal Of Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ)?
JSJ is a type of acupressure that works with a set of 26 points along energy pathways. It uses the fingers and hands to release obstructed or overloaded pathways to harmonize the energy in the body, to improve energy levels, soothe the mind and balance the feelings.
The philosophy behind that practice is that the body itself can correct and adjust the energy pathways, and once body returns to balance, the person experiences physical, mental, and spiritual harmony.
Pressure point stimulation, whether by massage (acupressure) or through stimulation with fine needles (acupuncture) goes back to ancient times in the far east.
Research About Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ)
Research #1– JSJ for pain, stress and nausea
This study has been performed in Markey Cancer Center, University of Kentucky, Lexington. The goal of the study was to check the efficiency of JSJ in relieving pain, stress and nausea in cancer patients.
The study showed that patients who had at least 3 sessions of JSJ experienced significant improvement in the areas of pain, stress and nausea after each JSJ session. A follow up study which will be more thorough and extensive is scheduled in the future to test more specifications.
Research #2– JSJ and its impact on physical and emotional health
The results of this study were released in the Journal of holistic Nursing in 2014. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effects of JSJ on nurses.
The everyday life of the working nurse has actually been shown to be a stressful one and the stressors that nurses feel can impact patient care.
The results showed considerable boosts in positive outlook, motivation, calmness, and significant decreases in anger, stress, depression, and morale problems.
The nurses reported less muscle pains, sleeplessness and headaches. The study also revealed significant boosts in nurses’ caring efficacy to patients.
The study recommends that JSJ might be a valuable tool for nurses to reduce emotional and physical stress and boost caring effectiveness.
Research #3– JSJ for women diagnosed with breast cancer
This research has been performed by Karen Searls, a qualified therapeutic massage practitioner from the Center for Health and Healing and Dr. Jacqueline Fawcett, from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of 10 weekly treatments of JSJ for women diagnosed with breast cancer.
On average, the women reported that JSJ was very practical in achieving their goals such as feeling much better physically and mentally, having more energy and decreased pain.
How To Do Jin Shin Jyutsu At Home
What’s good about JSJ is that you can receive a session from a JSJ practitioner, or we you can treat yourself at home with JSJ.
Doing JSJ in your home is simple and includes holding your thumbs and fingers for a few minutes each on a daily basis. The effect of holding each finger is accumulative so the longer we hold, the better we can feel.
You can do JSJ anytime anywhere: when you watch TV, reading a book or waiting in the line. In JSJ each finger is connected through meridians to certain organ system in your body and also to an emotion. If you experience an emotion now, then pick the finger that relates to this emotion, or if you have time go through all the fingers.
To practice JSJ in the house sit or stand quietly, hold the finger gently with the opposite hand for 2-5 minutes, notice how you feel and breathe. Usually, you will start to feel a pulse in the finger. Nevertheless, if you do not feel the pulse this is alright too and it does not mean that it’s not working.
Hold Thumb for WORRY
The thumb is also good for:
- Digestion problems
- Headaches (especially base of thumb)
- For alleviating stress
- Stomach and spleen energy
Hold Forefinger for FEAR
Also, good for:
- Teeth and gums
- Self criticism and shyness
- Muscle tension
- Kidney and bladder energy
Hold Middle finger for ANGER.
It also helps:
- Blood pressure
- General fatigue
- Eyes, vision
- Irritation and mood swings
- Liver and gallbladder
Hold Ring finger for SADNESS
It also helps:
- Ringing in the ear (Tinnitus)
- Respiratory functions
- Skin problem
- Lung and big large intestine
Hold Little finger for LOW SELF ESTEEM
It also helps:
- Heart discomforts
- Insecurity, nervousness
- Heart and small intestine
Hold Center of palm for FATIGUE
Here is a video showing how to do JSJ in the house.
Video– Jin Shin Jyutsu– 5 Minutes to Balance