The beauty of Jin Shin Jyutsu is that anyone can learn in a few moments some very simple basic techniques to heal themselves and others. According to that concept, which is in many ways similar to Chinese medicine, the human body is traversed by many channels of energy, which circulate continuously at several different levels.
There are three main harmonising flows, called "The Trinity" , which are the body's ancestral rivers. These pathways are the Main Central Flow and the left and right Supervisor flows. In her bestselling book, The Touch of Healing, the author Alice Burmeister compares these channels of energy to rivers that deliver life-giving water and nutrients to the river bottom and its surrounding banks.
When physical strain or emotional disharmony causes these channels to become blocked or stagnant, the surrounding area soon becomes depleted. Blockages in the flow of energy can be detected by the appearance of certain disharmonies, or symptoms, along a channel's pathway.
Breath as Life Force
In common with many Oriental health practices, the concept of the breath as a life force is predominant. The Main Central flow is the main source of energy of the body. We can harmonise its action by practising a simple breathing exercise for a few minutes on a daily basis. As we exhale, we visualise our energy moving down from the top of our head through the centre of the body to the tip of the toes.
Then, as we inhale, we imagine that same energy travelling up again from the bottom of our feet, to the spinal cord, to the top of our head in a constant harmonious circle. In Jin Shin Jyutsu, the descending exhaling energy travelling down the front of the body helps relieve stagnations above the waistline, such as headaches or breathing difficulties, while the ascending inhaling action moving up the back of the body relieves problems below the waistline ranging from stiff hips, to painful knees or swollen ankles.
Another way to relieve a blockage in a specific channel is by "jump cabling" specific key areas along its pathway to restore the flow of energy circulating between one side of the body and the other. We achieve this by applying gentle pressure with one hand to a specific area of the right side of the body, while the opposite hand applies the similar amount of pressure to a different area on the other side for up to 20 minutes, although in most cases relief will be obtained within a few minutes of pressure. Here are a few examples:
To improve breathing:the left hand applies pressure at the bottom front of the ribcage (one hand above the navel) while the right hand applies pressure under the collarbone to the most painful spot (usually located 2.5 cms either side of the middle of the body). This is a very effective way to relieve an asthma attack or breathing difficulties in a few minutes.
To improve the digestion:simply hold the base of the thumb of each hand with the opposite hand for a few minutes until a pulse is felt. Another way to provide quick relief is to apply pressure by placing one hand under the cheekbone in the depression in line with the base of the nose, while applying pressure with the opposite hand to the point under the collarbone as described above.
To improve the liver function:apply pressure to the base of the middle finger with the opposite hand until a pulsing sensation is felt. Alternatively, apply pressure on the occipital bone located at the base of our skull behind our head with the right, while the left hand presses on the most painful point under the collarbone just to the side of the mid line.
While I have tried to describe as simply as possible a few basic techniques, there is obviously a lot more to learn. For those interested in the topic, I highly recommend buying the book The Touch of Healing by Alice Burmeister. Bantam Books (1997).
I look forward to exploring new territories with you next month in our next issue of NOVA Magazine.
Olivier Lejus MHSC.BHSc. is a registered acupuncturist practising in Sydney
Olivier Lejus BHSc.MHSc. is a registered acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist practising in Sydney. A former casual university lecturer and tutor in Oriental medicine with over 15 years experience in clinical practice, Olivier specialises in Japanese- style acupuncture for the treatment of male and female infertility, migraine, pain, and insomnia.www.olejusacupuncture.com