Jin Shin Jyutsu: More Than Just A Luxury? by Don Adams

Don AdamsHere’s one of the most often-asked questions regarding Jin Shin Jyutsu®: Is it worth the expense? A Jin Shin Jyutsu session is not just a luxury or an occasional treat. It is a valuable component of a well-rounded healthcare regimen, combating everything from chronic pain to cold/flu relief to the negative effects of stress.

The misconception, that a holistic health session (such as Jin Shin Jyutsu) is just a luxury, is very common. Some people believe that a session is either an indulgence for the wealthy or a ‘treat’ for special occasions. Most practitioners have clients who come in only for a birthday or special holiday. We have also run into clients who have been made to feel guilty, by family or friends, for spending money on Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions.

As with all energy and bodywork sessions, there is a cost; but that should be weighed against the benefits of treatment — better sleep, increased immune system, reduced aches & pains, reduced depression, lessened effects from stress, improved moods, to name a few. There is usually a way to budget for a regular session with a bit of re-prioritizing.

One thing we tell our clients is that you don’t have to be in pain or discomfort to benefit from a Jin Shin Jyutsu session. In addition to being effective for pain relief, a Jin Shin Jyutsu session will also help with reducing stress and with increasing one’s own sense of well-being.

*While getting an occasional Jin Shin Jyutsu session is beneficial to your mind, body & spirit, getting frequent sessions is even more dynamic.

Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioners know that people who get regular sessions show greater improvement and notice reduced pain and tension.

One way in which Jin Shin Jyutsu can improve our quality of life is by reducing stress. Many experts say that the majority of disease is stress-related, and nothing ages us faster — inside & out — than the effects of stress. In addition, stress-related diseases continue to claim more lives each year.

*Jin Shin Jyutsu is a great, proactive way to take charge and reverse the situation, because the benefits of Jin Shin Jyutsu are cumulative. That being the case, it only makes sense, then, that those aches and pains might go away faster, stay away longer or disappear altogether, with more frequent sessions. You may never get to the point where your immune system is compromised if you’re able to receive Jin Shin Jyutsu on a regular basis. Not only would your body benefit by regularly treating your aches and pains (instead of just living with them!), but your mind would be able to let go of the stresses of daily life, and your spirit would be uplifted.

Energy work, like Jin Shin Jyutsu, is preventative health care: it can address injuries, scar tissue and pain, as well as provide relief for people with more serious projects, like cancer. But it also helps us live a healthier life!

Jin Shin Jyutsu can help you:

*Increase your energy and clarity of thinking * Reduce aches and pains caused by body disharmonies * Boost your immune system * Harmonizing blood pressure * Helping infertility * Reduce pain from chronic illnesses such as: arthritis,chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, or lupus * Experience better sleeping * Repair broken bones more quickly * Reduce depression and migraines * Cope with addictions such as overeating * Speed up the healing time from traumas, such as: surgeries and accidents. … and much more!

In addition to providing individual treatments, we can also teach you how to practice Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-help. You can practice Self-help anywhere: at home, at work, or even while traveling. You can also teach your children, family, and friends how to hold finger postures that will help them with mood swings, pain and illness. There are numerous Jin Shin Jyutsu quickies for self-help projects that are simple to do. To find out more about Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-help or to arrange a session, please call (203) 637-0066 (CT), (212) 714-7639 (NYC) or send us an e-mail .

OK, we’ve talked about the benefits of Jin Shin Jyutsu, now let’s look at an aspect that may be even more important and even more overlooked — the power of touch.

In our hi-tech world, there is a social illness that’s just recently started getting attention: touch deprivation. Unfortunately, touch has become a sensitive subject. Though there’s growing evidence that physical human contact is important to our health, our country’s social principles dictate that we suppress the most basic form of interaction and communication. Americans, it has shown, are among the most touch deprived people in the world. Texas psychology professor, David R. Cross, PhD, states: “Humans deprived of touch are prone to mental illness, violence, compromised immune systems, and poor self-regulation.” So serious are the effects of touch deprivation, it’s considered by researchers to be worse than physical abuse.¹

How did this happen? We’ve moved far from the ‘free love’ spirit of the 60s to being completely afraid of touching each other altogether: we fear sending the wrong sexual signals, having our intentions misunderstood or wondering if someone’s gesture is an uninvited advance. As author Nora Brunner puts it, “The potential for the loaded gesture is further complicated by our litigious society, in which the unwelcome touch can mean or be interpreted as, dominance, sexual harrassment, or exploitation. People in the helping professions are regularly counseled on how to do their jobs without creating even a hint of ambiguity.”

Perhaps one of the fathers of the modern massage movement, Robert N. Calvert, said it best: “The application of caring human touch is an inherently innate behavior for giving and receiving love, which all humankind wants and needs. The real purpose of giving (massage) is to foster more depth of feeling for one another in order to bring out the love that often lies buried beneath the pain of everyday suffering.”

So, are you ready to take the next step in your healthcare? Are you worth it? Is taking care of yourself a luxury or a necessity? Only you can decide.

¹ Nora Brunner, “The Power of Touch,” Body Sense, Autumn/Winter 2009

For more information about the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, please visit www.jsjct.com , or the official website, www.jsjinc.net .

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by Don Adams
Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner/Self-Help Instructor