Jin Shin Jyutsu (pronounced jin shin jitsu) can be another tool in your tool kit. You can use Jin Shin Jyutsu as an alternative therapy for mental health and/or for physical health. It can even be used if you are on medication because it is not taken internally/orally. It may even make your medication work better…everyone is different, so it depends on each individual.

I call Jin Shin Jyutsu the Japanese Art of releasing energy blocks, but in the Jin Shin Jyutsu course it is called:

the “Art of Happiness”, the “Art of Longevity”, and the “Art of Benevolence”. –Mary Burmeister

page 1 in Jin Shin Jyutsu Textbook 1 by Mary Burmeister

“Jin Shin Jyutsu is a way to balance the life energy.”

page 14 in The Touch of Healing Energizing Body, Mind, and Spirit with the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu by Alice Burmeister with Tom Monte

NOTE: This book is also a very good “read” if you are interested in learning more about the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu.

In other words… Jin Shin Jyutsu is another alternative way of helping oneself heal your body… both mentally and physically.

Who Was the Person That Brought Jin Shin Jyutsu Back into Use and Who Brought Jin Shin Jyutsu to America?

Master Jiro Murai from Japan was the man who studied, researched, and brought back this ancient Japanese art. He brought it back in the early 1900s. If you Google his name, you can read his whole story. Master Jiro Murai also went on to teach this ancient art to his students in Japan.

Mary Burmeister was one of those lucky students. Mary moved from Japan to the United States. Mary was the one who brought this beautiful art to America (the United States). Mary set up a school to teach and share Jin Shin Jyutsu in Scottsdale, Arizona, with the help of her loyal friend Pat Meador.

According to this beautiful art, there are 26 what I call pressure points, but what we call in Jin Shin Jyutsu “Safety Energy Locks” throughout your whole body (from head to toe).

When you get a Jin Shin Jyutsu treatment, it is like getting an “attitude adjustment”. There are different sequences of holds that a practitioner trained in this Art will hold depending on what we call in Jin Shin Jyutsu your “project” (be it a health challenge/issue or a mental health challenge/issue). The sequence of holds being held depends on you and what you would like to be addressed in each treatment session.

Mary Burmeister referred to the practitioner’s arms and hands when preforming a Jin Shin Jyutsu treatment as “booster cables”. When the practitioner is giving you a Jin Shin Jyutsu treatment, they are holding different points (Safety Energy Locks) on your body; therefore, it’s like giving you a boost…a boost of energy.

“What makes a car engine start when you turn on the key? The battery of the car. The battery is the necessary energy source for the various functions of the car. Now, what makes a heart beat? What makes breathing possible? What makes digestion possible? The Battery of Life. An energy source is necessary for the body to function. That source is the battery of life.” –Mary Burmeister

page 13 in The Touch of Healing Energizing Body, Mind, and Spirit with the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu by Alice Burmeister with Tom Monte

What Is a Jin Shin Jyutsu Treatment Like?

 Vertical image of female Reiki therapist holding hands over shoulders of the patient and transfer energy. Peaceful teenage girl lying with her eyes closed. Alternative therapy concept of stress reduction and relaxation. When you are getting a Jin Shin Jyutsu treatment, you are fully clothed, and the       practitioner will hold the different Safety Energy Locks on your body…they do not     massage them…they hold them. They hold them until they feel the energy move   through the two Safety Energy Locks (the two pressure points). Once the energy is   moving through the two Safety Energy Locks and they are in sync (pulsing at the   same time); then the practitioner will move to the next set of Safety Energy Locks.

As mentioned above, depending on your project this will determine the set and sequence of Safety Energy Locks the practitioner will hold.

I will share with you a few stories of how Jin Shin Jyutsu has helped different people in my life. First, we will start with my husband. My husband is a very skeptical man when it comes to almost everything especially alternative therapies. When he tries something different for his health or some type of alternative therapy, he wants to see a “miracle” right away, or he doesn’t believe it works.

One year while we were on vacation in California, shortly after I finished completing my third class of Jin Shin Jyutsu, my husband had a sore back and neck. I told him it was probably from driving in all the heavy traffic that we were not used to driving in. After several days of complaining about his back and neck hurting, he finally let me give him a Jin Shin Jyutsu treatment. After that treatment, he was a “believer” in Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Another time an individual I knew took my advice to try Jin Shin Jyutsu was when a young couple had a little baby who was born with what the doctors called a “turtleneck.” The baby’s neck was tilted to the side and he could not hold his head up straight. The baby also had to be fed by a tube through his belly because of his “turtleneck.” This young couple took my advice and took their little baby to a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner who I recommended.

Brenda (the Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner) did two treatments on the baby. These two treatments were done in two separate sessions and two consecutive weeks apart. Brenda said it was going to take some time to correct itself because the child was about a year and a half to two years old before getting the Jin Shin Jyutsu treatments. She was right. It did take some time, but slowly the child’s neck started to straighten out, and he slowly began to be able to eat solid food and drink via his mouth. By the time the child was going to start school (the summer just before he started kindergarten), the doctors were able to remove the feeding tube from his stomach and the little boy’s head and neck were inline just the way they are supposed to be naturally.

Another time a family member (our son) used Jin Shin Jyutsu, was when he was struggling with life after his girlfriend broke up them. He fell into a depression, and I noticed his change of behaviour. I talked with him about his change and my concerns; then I suggested that he should maybe see his family doctor to see if there was something they could do or give him to help him get through this low time (this semi-colon time) in his life. His doctor put him on some medication which did help for a while, but he did hit another low and his medication was not helping a 100%… he needed a little more help to get him through another semi-colon time… he needed a boost.

So after he was finished work the next day, I took him into the city to get a Jin Shin Jyutsu treatment. After his treatment, he said he felt “normal” again, he felt good, and he told me…”You know Mom…I don’t care what other people say about this alternative therapy… because this stuff really works.”

When I took my first Jin Shin Jyutsu class, I was amazed and a little confused by the large array of people from all professions taking the course. There were paramedics, nurses, teachers (like me), anesthesiologists, massage therapists, chiropractors, Reiki masters, and many other people in many other professions taking the course. There was even a lady who worked with horses taking the course. I also met a man (who is a retired police officer) who now works with horses and he treats the horses with Jin Shin Jyustu sessions.

I asked one of the ladies who was a Reiki master why all of these people were taking this course; then she asked me if I painted, and I said yes… I do paint. She went on to explain that Jin Shin Jyutsu is like the tiniest paint brush that you use to do all the fine details on your painting. “That” she said “is Jin Shin Jyutsu… the finest, tiniest paint brush used to get all the fine details.”

Jin Shin Jyutsu takes care of all the fine details in the body…in every body…in both humans and animals. There are diagrams that you can purchase when taking the course that show you the different Safety Energy Locks on animals such as horses, dogs, cats, etc., and charts for the human body as well.

There are two great things about Jin Shin Jyutsu. Number one is there are holds that you can do to help yourself by holding different pressure points (Safety Energy Locks) on your own body. These are called Self-Help holds. There are also different Self-Help classes you can take to learn many different Self-Help holds.

This is a link to my YouTube Chanelle and the Jin Shin Jyutsu Mental Health Self Help Holds Video:


The second great thing about Jin Shin Jyutsu is that you can find a practitioner that practices Jin Shin Jyutsu all around the world. If you live in Saskatchewan, Canada, there are a few practitioner contacts that I share on my website, or you can click on the link below to find one near you.



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