JIN SHIN JYUTSU PHYSIO-PHILOSOPHY
Jin Shin Jyutsu is a hands-on art of harmonizing the flow of energy in the body. With its principles and practices firmly rooted in ancient healing traditions, it is based on our innate ability to harmonize ourselves. Jin Shin Jyutsu teaches us how to use specific hands-on sequences to help us restore emotional equilibrium, relieve pain and release the causes of acute and chronic conditions. It can be utilized as an adjunct to other therapies or medications and can be helpful for people of all ages and states of health.
“All learning is remembering.” — Plato
Jin Shin Jyutsu works directly with the Universal Energy which creates and sustains Life as living, breathing, individualized form. At this originating level of Being there is not yet differentiation of spirit, heart, mind and body. Jin Shin Jyutsu reawakens the essential integrity of these aspects of being alive.
Jin Shin Jyutsu works with the flows of Universal Energy which direct the formation in the womb and maintain all the functions of body and mind. This energy, circulating through pathways, can be harmonized by utilizing the hands as “jumper cables”: holding or touching fingers, toes, vertebrae and Safety Energy Locks. The 26 Safety Energy Locks, located at skeletal junctures, express and harmonize qualities and capacities of energy active in every cell of tissue and throughout consciousness. They clear stagnations which can burden the local area and eventually disrupt complete paths of energy flow. A Jin Shin Jyutsu session usually lasts about an hour. It does not involve massage or manipulation of muscles. It is a gentle art, applied over clothing (over casts or above the body surface when necessary). A natural complement to medical treatments, Jin Shin Jyutsu helps the body clean and rebuild while exhaling tensions and stress which accumulate through daily living.
An innate intelligence, we begin to use Jin Shin Jyutsu while still in the womb. Most babies suck their thumbs — helping to harmonize their digestive and nervous systems, and nourishing their senses of self and connection — while some choose other fingers, knowing which functions seek harmony. Throughout life we intuitively utilize Safety Energy Locks when in duress or needing self-empowerment. Self-Help books and classes invigorate the awareness of this innate capacity.
Passed down verbally through the generations, the understanding of this art had been virtually lost when it was rediscovered by Jiro Murai of Japan in the early 1900s. Terminally ill, he asked to be carried to a mountain cabin and left in solitude. Passing in and out of consciousness he utilized Jin Shin Jyutsu for seven days. When, to his amazement and disbelief, on the eighth day he found himself completely healed, Jiro vowed to devote his life to the study of Jin Shin Jyutsu, for the benefit of mankind. Through studies of healing modalities, ancient texts and anatomy, through observation of the environment and the seasons, through experimentation and meditation, Master Murai developed the sequences and techniques of our present day art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. His “clients” included the Emperor and those of the castes considered “Untouchable”. After the Emperor recovered, through Jiro’s help, from an “incurable” illness, Jiro was offered whatever he wished in payment. Choosing admittance to the imperial library, he found the Kojiki (“Record of Ancient Knowledge”, a Shinto Creation Text). This, Master Murai interpreted as a description of energy pathways creating the body and as a medical treatise. Later he recognized the same description in the Bible and other sacred texts.
In the 1950s Master Murai asked his student, Mary (Mariko Iino) Burmeister, to bring the Art as a gift to the West. Mary contributed 50 years of devoted practice, study and research to the awareness and understanding of the Art. She began teaching in the early 1960’s. Through her work there are now thousands of Jin Shin Jyutsu students / practitioners throughout the world. Today there are 24 certified Instructors presenting Jin Shin Jyutsu seminars worldwide. Information about their classes and access to practitioners and Self-Help classes can be obtained from Jin Shin Jyutsu Inc., the organization directed by Mary’s sons, which supports the dissemination of Mary’s and Jiro’s work, at www.jsjinc.net.
Receiving and practicing Jin Shin Jyutsu is effortless meditation, offering an avenue into exploration of Self and Being. As it deeply relaxes, it nourishes the contemplative mind and renews the spark of curiosity. Study of Jin Shin Jyutsu is investigation into cosmos and individual, microcosm and macrocosm.