Jin Shin Do® - The Way of The Compassionate Spirit

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What does Jin Shin Do® Mean?

Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® uses gentle yet deep finger pressure on specific acupoints and verbal Body Focusing techniques, to help release "armoring" or chronic tension, balance the "Qi" or energy, and improve vitality. This clothes-on method helps relieve stress and trauma related problems. A unique synthesis of a traditional Japanese acupressure technique, classic Chinese acupuncture theory, Taoist philosophy, Qigong (breathing and exercise techniques), Reichian segmental theory and principles of Ericksonian psychotherapy, Jin Shin Do® is recognized as a major form of Asian Bodywork Therapy (by NCCAOM® and AOBTA® among others). Originated by psychotherapist Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, JSD Acupressure promotes a pleasant trance like state, in which one can relax and move out of the head and into the body, accessing feelings and inner wisdom. 

What is Acupressure?

Acupressure refers to any technique using finger pressure on particular points to release tension, reduce stress and balance the body energy or Qi. Acu-points are spots of high energetic or electrical conductivity. Meridians are lines of related points, which are channels through which the Qi flows. They are located in interfascial spaces - i.e. between the connective tissues that support and separate all the muscles and organs. At chronically tense points, fascial adhesions are blocking the flow of the Qi. Releasing tension allows the Qi to flow smoothly along the meridians, which generally results in a sense of well-being. 

Why Jin Shin Do®?

An "acupressure" method may be simple and symptomatic, or sophisticated and deeply therapeutic. Jin Shin Do® covers both ends of this spectrum, for it can be used both as a self-help tool and as a professional therapeutic method. It brings about pleasurable, deep relaxation and increased awareness of both body and psyche. Jin Shin Do® is based on the "Strange Flows," which provide a short-cut to balancing the body energy. These "Extraordinary Meridians" balance the 12 main meridians, with which a Registered Jin Shin Do® Acupressurist also works. To facilitate deep release of tension, "local points" in tense areas are held with "distal points" that assist the release of tension because they are on the same meridian or are functionally related. Jin Shin Do® is a 5-Elements based school of acupressure. It contrasts with acupuncture in the absence of needles, and because one individual is being touched by another in a supportive way that evokes the feeling of being held, cradled and safe. Jin Shin Do® contrasts with Shiatsu in being a more slow paced method, and more aimed at deep release of muscular "armoring" or chronic tension. 

Why Bodymind Acupressure®?

Contacting the body helps us feel our feelings and opens us to inner wisdom. Verbal Body Focusing techniques may be offered to help contact the bodymind - the way the body knows things. 

What's In It For Us?

We modern, civilized human beings often find that we have forgotten how to relax our bodies and our minds. High expectations, tough targets and tight deadlines, competitive 24/7 cultures - this is just the tip of the iceberg, but this alone is enough to introduce mental and physical tension into our daily lives and make a serious dent in our sense of well being. The tension grips the muscles, and if not released soon, becomes chronic - a sort of armoring that we keep on to protect us from the dangers of the modern world. "Nagging" pain, "controlled" tension, "pent up" frustration, "repressed" emotions - we may spend so much time resisting "negative" feelings that we become afraid of feeling at all and lose touch with much of the beauty of life. Jin Shin Do® is a simple, gently technique that offers a practical way of dealing with daily stress. The focus of a Jin Shin Do® session is not just relaxation, but deep release of bodymind tensions. The release of tension improves bodymind well-being and learning to accept our feelings lets us experience an enriched quality of life. Best of all, Jin Shin Do® helps one learn to acknowledge and transform, rather than repress, painful feelings - leading to a more joyful way of life and the realization of one's full potential. 

What Is The Session Like?

You remain clothed and lie on your back on a massage table, which the Jin Shin Do® Acupressurist holds combinations of acu-points. You determine the depth of the pressure. The experience is generally that sensitivity at the points is soon replaced by a pleasurable feeling of release. Usually, you will eventually feel a deep sense of relaxation. you may share feelings or emotions that surface during the release of tension and stress, or just relax, perhaps falling into a deep and refreshing sleep. A typical session is one to one and a half hours. 

Is It For You?

Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® helps produce a better quality of life no matter what the age, condition and well-being or distress level of those involved. Jin Shin Do® is not an alternative therapy, nor a non-conventional medicine, nor a therapeutic, sports or aesthetic massage. Jin Shin Do® Acupressure is not intended for the diagnosis, treatment or cure of disease. It is a relaxation therapy, and a useful adjunct to licensed, qualified medical or psychological care. For any persistent pain or symptom, even a seemingly minor one, please do consult with a medical doctor. When used in conjunction with standard medical treatment, Jin Shin Do® Acupressure technique can assist the healing process by releasing tension, decreasing stress and encouraging a sense of increased well-being. Benefits of Jin Shin Do® in terms of symptoms and prevention are not the result of targeted activities or treatment of diseases, but rather of a natural evolutionary process connected to a general improvement of vitality. 

Iona Marsaa Teeguarden - www.jinshindo.org

Nikki Woods