Do you ever feel like you’re walking a tightrope with your health? Doing airway clearance, exercising and cooking healthy meals to keep your body strong and at the same time trying to balance all this effort with restorative rest? Sometimes it’s a challenge for me to find a happy medium. What about you? Do you feel the same way?
To help myself feel centered, every day I spend 20 minutes or so practicing a self-care therapy called Jin Shin Jyutsu (Jin Shin for short). Jin Shin is an ancient Japanese healing method that was passed down from generation to generation until it was lost to obscurity. In the early 1900’s, Juro Murai, a Japanese man with a life-threatening illness, in his quest to heal himself, rediscovered Jin Shin in the sacred Kojiki texts, the oldest books of Japanese history and culture. This practice was then brought to the United States in the 1950’s.
Similar to reflexology, Jin Shin is about using one’s hands to open up energy pathways. I have come to rely on it as an important part of my daily self-care practice. Especially now with the pandemic, it is helpful to be able to do my own energy work and not be dependent on visits to a practitioner to feel my best.
In Alexis Brink’s latest book, Healing At Your Fingertips, she says, “Though the Art of Jin Shin bears some similarities to acupuncture, the practice achieves its transformative results without needles, using only a gentle touch—a methodology that translates very nicely to self-care. All you need to get started are your hands and a little bit of time and patience." She goes on to say, "to some degree you will succeed in moving stagnant energy and restoring harmony right from the get-go, and that’s part of the beauty of the Art of Jin Shin.”
Now that I have been practicing Jin Shin for a couple of years, I couldn’t imagine my life without it. If you are interested in learning more about Jin Shin, visit the Jin Shin Institute website and check out Brink’s books The Art of Jin Shin and Healing At Your Fingertips.
Once you are practicing, especially the holds relating to chest congestion, chronic cough and breathing, I know that you will also find Jin Shin to be essential to your well-being.
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