by Kathrin Stengel Ph.D.
“If you are looking for a helping hand, why don’t you start looking at the end of your own arm?”
Mary Burmeister, co-founder of Jin Shin Jyutsu®
What if you could continue your spa experience at home? What if you could recharge your batteries and reboot yourself by simply using the power of your own hands? This is exactly what the healing art Jin Shin Jyutsu® (JSJ) offers you.
In JSJ, our hands work as ‘jumper cables’ that enable us to recharge our body, mind, and soul in order to restore a harmonious flow of energy, which is key to a healthy and balanced life. By simply placing our hands on specific points on our body or that of others, Jin Shin Jyutsu releases and dissolves tensions and alleviates a variety of symptoms. JSJ is all about empowering ourselves to reboot and recharge our energy anytime and anywhere. Your certified practitioner will be happy to recommend specific flows for your condition, but ultimately you will become the artist and create your own healing palette.
Photo courtesy of Kathrin Stengel, Ph.D.
For example, you could start by simply holding your thumb which will ‘jumper cable’ your stomach and spleen energy (babies sucking their thumbs are a good example for the innate knowledge of JSJ!) Upset stomach? Simply hold your thumb! Nervous? Simply hold your thumb! Gently holding our fingers for about 3 minutes or until you sense a pulsing addresses our physical, mental, and emotional health concerns, as our fingers are the main entry points to all energetic highways of our body.
In addition to simple finger holds, Jin Shin Jyutsu also utilizes flows, intricate choreography for our hands, which help us to take care of our bodily ‘fuse box’. According to JSJ, we will find twenty-six points of energetic density on both sides of our body. These fuses, which protect us from major energetic breakdowns, are called “Safety Energy Locks.” In case our energetic current isn’t in balance (on a physical, mental, or emotional level) several of these energetic points will lock, and discomfort will remind us that it is time to restore our balance by applying the appropriate JSJ-flow.
Your health Is in your hands! Try it out for yourself and tap into the cosmic healing pulse of this simple and truly unique art of healing!
Dr. Kathrin Stengel was introduced to Jin Shin Jyutsu® by her massage therapist. She is a certified Jin Shin Jyutsu® practitioner and teaches JSJ self-help workshops at Tournesol Wellness. She is an author, philosopher, and co-founder of the philosophical studio and publishing house UWSP, Inc., which recently published the book and card-set Health Is in Your Hands: Jin Shin Jyustu® – Practicing the Art of Self-Healing by Waltraud Riegger-Krause. For JSJ treatments in NYC make an appointment at Tournesol Wellness.