New healing technique — Jin shin Jyutsu

The Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu by Olivi­er Lejus

As an acu­punc­tur­ist, I often give my patients exer­cises to sup­ple­ment their treat­ments between appoint­ments. Until recently my approach had been to demon­strate a few basic acu­punc­ture points they could stim­u­late in their own time with acupres­sure. That was until I dis­covered a remark­able book called “The Touch of Heal­ing” ded­ic­ated to the ancient heal­ing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu by Mary Bur­meister. This book changed my approach to treat­ments, and I would like to give you an insight on this remark­able and very simple tech­nique, and maybe encour­age you to prac­tice it on your­self and oth­ers.

The tech­nique of Jin Shin Jyutsu was dis­covered in the begin­ning of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury by a Japan­ese man of the name of Jiro Murai. Accord­ing to the legend, Mr Muria was very fond of food until he become very ill at the age of 26. After being told that his con­di­tion was ter­min­al, he made a decision to spend a week in the moun­tain, fast­ing, med­it­at­ing and prac­ti­cing vari­ous fin­ger exer­cises of his own. On the sev­enth day of his retreat, he exper­i­enced a sen­sa­tion of intense heat all over his body, and when the heat sub­sided, he dis­covered that his ill­ness had been cured. His exper­i­ence led him to ded­ic­ate his life to becom­ing a heal­er, and to devel­op his new heal­ing art which he named Jin Shin Jyutsu, which is often trans­lated as “The art of the cre­at­or through the per­son of com­pas­sion”.  With his new tech­nique, he achieved remark­able res­ults in his own coun­try. Years later, he selec­ted a Japan­ese Amer­ic­an lady named Mary Bur­meister to become his stu­dent, and to help him spread his heal­ing prac­tice around the world. Today these same tech­niques are being taught to patients suf­fer­ing from can­cer and car­di­ac dis­eases in numer­ous Amer­ic­an hos­pit­als.

Jin Shin Jyutsu is based on the concept of a life energy cir­cu­lat­ing through­out the uni­verse and the human body at vari­ous levels of intens­ity. That energy travels down the front of the body and up the back in a con­tinu­ous oval pat­tern. This cre­ates a com­pli­ment­ary rela­tion­ship between the upper and lower part, as well as the anteri­or and pos­teri­or part of the body. There­fore, when a symp­tom of ill­ness is mani­fes­ted above the waist, the ori­gin of the dys­func­tion will be found in the lower part of the body and vice versa. The obstruc­tions of that energy flow are cre­ated by what is called atti­tudes, mean­ing neg­at­ive emo­tion­al pat­terns such as: worry, fear, sad­ness, anger and pre­tense, or cov­er up. There are twenty six dif­fer­ent sites called safety energy locks on each side of the body which act as cir­cuit break­ers to pro­tect the body when the flow of energy has been inter­rup­ted. Once a safety lock is activ­ated, a symp­tom is mani­fes­ted on the cor­res­pond­ing part of the body. The aim of Jin shin Jyutsu is to train our hands to act as jump­er cables to release that energy which had been blocked.

Mrs. Alice Bur­meister, who is the author of the book “The Touch of Heal­ing”, believes that we can all train ourselves to chan­nel that uni­ver­sal life energy through our own hands to help ourselves and oth­ers. As she explains “Jin Shin Jyutsu can be used in con­junc­tion with con­ven­tion­al medi­cine to help facil­it­ate the heal­ing pro­cess.. “. Accord­ing to the author there are six dif­fer­ent levels of energy which affect the human body and spir­it. Each depth is respons­ible for the har­mo­ni­ous func­tion­ing of a spe­cif­ic set organ and its asso­ci­ated emo­tion.  In Jin Shin Jyutsu, when one of these spe­cif­ic “atti­tudes” becomes pre­dom­in­ant, the energy flow and organ func­tion that is gov­erned at that level gets com­prom­ised. Each of our fin­gers is respons­ible with har­mon­iz­ing a par­tic­u­lar chan­nel. To release a block­age, we simply need to apply pres­sure on the spe­cif­ic fin­gers where that energy is being obstruc­ted.

To give an example, the energy asso­ci­ated with our digest­ive sys­tem cir­cu­lates to the tip of the thumb. The organs are the spleen and the stom­ach. And the atti­tude is worry, To improve our diges­tion, we simply need to place both our hands in front of us facing palm down, then insert our left thumb into the palm of the right hand, and gently apply pres­sure with the right thumb and index fin­ger to the base of the left thumb for a few minutes until we feel a gentle pulse flow­ing from to the tip of the fin­gers This is a sign that the blocked energy is now cir­cu­lat­ing from one hand to the oth­er.  We can repeat the same pro­ced­ure with the oth­er hand. Per­son­ally, I find it easi­er to feel the rhythmic pulsa­tion when I con­cen­trate my atten­tion and breath­ing to the fin­gers which are being stim­u­lated.  The thera­peut­ic effects being cumu­lat­ive, prac­ti­cing a few minutes daily after every meal will help elim­in­ate bloat­ing, and relieve con­stip­a­tion.

In the next issue of NOVA magazine, we will look at oth­er simple Jin Shin Jyutsu tech­niques which can be used as an adjunct to oth­er con­ven­tion­al meth­ods of treat­ments when First Aid is needed.

Olivi­er Lejus MHSc.BHSc. is a registered acu­punc­tur­ist  prac­ti­cing in Sydney.

About Olivier Lejus

I was born in France and I emigrated to Australia in 1980. I worked as a circus performer, puppeteer and actor before I began studying Traditional Chinese Medicine a the University of Technology of Sydney in 1997. I graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of of science degree in Traditional Chinese medicine. I am now specializing in Japanese style acupuncture for the treatment of female and male infertility, pain, and anxiety.

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