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Jin Shin Jyutsu

I found the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu at a time of life when I was overwhelmed with day-to-day responsibilities. I was raising my 2-yr old during the week. In the evenings and weekends, I was a full-time college professor. In my spare time, I was determined to cook all the family meals, to grow my vegetables, to take care of the house, to mow the lawn by myself. On and on went the tasks that I had committed myself to in my quest to prove my perfection. Unbeknownst to me, I was in the state of perpetual “trying-to.” The term was coined by Mary Burmeister, who brought the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu to the United States. By it, she described our constant strive for superficial perfection and its companions of self-criticism and judgment.

In the midst of all this “trying-to,” I began to suffer from excruciating back pain. Soon, I could not sit for longer than thirty minutes at a time without falling into the grips of the pain. I went through many conventional and alternative approaches that year until one day, I discovered a book called “The Touch of Healing.” It introduced a little known Japanese healing art named Jin Shin Jyutsu, with which I was immediately intrigued. After reading the highly positive reviews on the Internet, I bought the book and began practicing the art on myself.

Simplicity and Beauty

The single most striking feature of this art has always been its simplicity. Practicing this art is not simply placing the hands and healing yourself or others in the process.  There is a beautiful philosophy underlying the art – Be the Smile, Drop the Shoulders, Simply Be. You do not need to struggle, you do not need to suffer, or sacrifice, or try too much. There is an Effortless Reality behind the veil and once you tap into it, everything simply is. It is all about being: be in the now, be kind, be yourself.

The philosophy of this healing art is the most accepting and most forgiving of all that I have ever encountered. There are no warnings of dangers, no mistakes, no counter-indications. Neither are there any gurus, or experts, or prescribed protocols. You are invited to be your own authority and your own testimony to the art. You can apply it on yourself while in the hospital waiting for surgery. Or, you can do it while watching TV in your living room. You may have alongside all your other medications and medical treatments. It complements everything. It conflicts nothing.

In the first month of experimenting with the content of “The Touch of Healing,” I was amazed by the simplicity and effectiveness of the healing art presented there. Interestingly, the art did not make my back pain go away. It did not even alleviate it! What it did, however, was to clear up my mental blocks and bring harmony back to mind. As soon as I acknowledged what I was doing with my life, I found my cure. Then, and only then, my back pain went away for good.


Curious about the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu and how it can help you? You can find a practitioner in your area and get a few sessions to experience it. For a life-changing experience, try five sessions in five consecutive days. If you want to learn how to practice it, take an authorized Jin Shin Jyutsu class

My favorite thing to do with the art, however, is to apply it to myself as a form of self-help. Doing so does not strain my finances, nor stretches my already busy schedule. Yet, it gives me the power to help myself. If I have a boring meeting in the early afternoon – I hold my fingers to prevent fatigue and drowsiness induced by lunch. Or, if I am insecure before a presentation – I fold my arms and hold my elbows. Most of the information related to this healing art comes from the research of one Japanese man, Jiro Murai, who discovered its principles in the early twentieth century. He passed his knowledge off to his American-born student, Mary Burmeister who brought it to the United States and popularized it.

You can find more on the history of Jin Shin Jyutsu and how to practice it in Alice Burmeister’s book “The Touch of Healing”.  I keep a Jin Shin Jyutsu Blog with my latest insights at I also have an introductory sequence of classes on Udemy: