I recently had the pleasure of taking a course on Jin Shin Jyutsu, which is the art of healing yourself through various body holds.
It is about the art of happiness, longevity and getting to know yourself.
Jin Shin Jyutsu is also about living simply and
uncomplicated and awakening our awareness as to what “being” is.
Jin Shin Jyutsu is thought to have been around since 2330 BC and before the birth of Buddha in India and even before the birth of Moses from the Bible.
The teachings were passed verbally from generation to generation.
In the early 1900s, rediscovery of these ancient teachings was discovered by Master Jiro Murai of Japan, who came from a family of medical professionals, and eventually spread the practice throughout the world.
Getting to know yourself, through your body’s breathing and energy, can help to heal and function at optimum levels throughout the day.
Without energy there is no healing, as energy to the body is like the battery of life.
Jin Shin Jyutsu helps with the knowing of who, what, when, where, why and how the flow of the battery of life can be rejuvenated daily.
You can easily practise some Jin Shin Jyutsu holds on a daily basis with little time and effort with wonderful rewards to help balance the body’s energy.
There are various sequences for the both the right and left side of the body.
Visualize your two hands
being like a jumper cable to provide more juice or energy to your battery. An example of some of the daily sequences are to wrap your thumb and index finger around each finger of your opposite hand.
Your thumb represents “worry,” your index finger “fear,” your middle finger “anger,” your ring finger “grief” and your pinkie finger “pretense or crying from the inside out.”
By holding each finger at the end with the opposite hand you are sending energy and may feel a pulse, at which time you can move onto the next finger.
This sequence helps to renew energy for all of the body’s functions. This can be done in a few minutes while lying in bed in the morning, or in the evening while watching TV.
This is just one example of a Jin Shin Jyutsu sequence, there are many others that help specific body functions and ailments. It is in no way a replacement for medical treatment, but another option to help the body be “in balance” and in harmony.
Lacombe freelance columnist Judy Holt is a wellness consultant and author of 1 Potato, 2 Potato, Couch Potato to You.