Introduction to the Art of Helping Oneself
Self-Help 101 class is an introduction to the principles of Jin Shin Jyutsu. The purpose of the class is to provide the participants with the opportunity to experience first hand the main Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help flows and to gain confidence in selecting flows that best fit them.
The class is offered in eight weekly meetings. Each meeting lasts 1.5 hours. During each meeting, we will explore one main topic and will apply the corresponding Jin Shin Jyutsu holds for that week. This is a hands-on class and participants will be required to apply the Jin Shin Jyutsu holds immediately and will be given flows to practice at home as a form of weekly homework.
What you need for the class
Your two hands and one of the following set of cards:
- Blank small cards that work nicely if you prefer pencil or
- A blank larger-size set of cards. Pencil marks come out a bit pale, so you will need to use a pen and wait to dry off or
- Your own copy of the Health Is in Your Hands cards by Waltraud Riegger-Krause
A lot of the information in this class comes from Mary Burmeister’s Introducing Jin Shin Jyutsu, Self-Help Books. For a good introductory book of the art, you may enjoy The Touch of Healing by Alice Burmeister.
What you will get at the end of the class
- will be familiar with the basic Jin Shin Jyutsu principles,
- will know how to apply Jin Shin Jyutsu harmonizing sequences for common discomforts, and
- will have experienced the harmonizing effect of Jin Shin Jyutsu flows
1. The Mudras
The modern history of Jin Shin Jyutsu began with the 8 Mudras that Jiro Murai practiced during his healing. We’ll explore what they are, what specific discomforts they help, and how they feel. We’ll also discuss the significance of “Drop the Shoulders”, “Be the Smile”, and “Breathe” concepts.
There are people who reportedly apply the Main Central Self-Help adjustment sequence and nothing else. In this meeting, we’ll explore why this might be so. We’ll also learn the energetic pathway of the Main Central Harmonizing Energy and its two partners in the so-called Trinity group: the Major Vertical Harmonizing Energy (Supervisor) and the Diagonal Harmonizing Energy (Mediator).
We will introduce the 26 Safety Energy Locks and will explore SELs 1-4 in more details. We’ll consider what they are, where they are located and how they help. We’ll learn their names and how they relate to their number.
We’ll continue our exploration of the Safety Energy Locks. In this class, we’ll focus on the Safety Energy Locks of the second depth.
The SELs 5-15 grouping (Second Depth) holds the largest number of Safety Energy Locks. We’ll finish our exploration of those.
Safety Energy Locks 16 – 22 comprise the third energetic depth. We’ll explore their location, function, and how they help to reach harmony.
In our last class dedicated to the Safety Energy Locks, we’ll focus on the fourth- and fifth-depth Safety Energy Locks and the flows related to them.
8. Common Discomforts, Q&A
We’ll finish the class with simple powerful holds that can help for common daily discomforts. There will be time for questions and answers and some philosophical considerations. Are long flows better than short ones? How long should we hold one position? Is it better to do a whole sequence or just hold the anchor step for the same amount of time?