How I Started
I met the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu through The Touch of Healing by Alice Burmeister. The first thing that I experienced was when I placed my hands on my inner knee and lower back/hip. The severe abdominal discomfort that induced me to place my hands there dissipated within five minutes. After that, I went back to The Touch of Healing and tried to memorize a few more locations and holds. Very quickly, I knew the harmonization sequences for the so-called Anterior Ascending and the Posterior Descending Function Energy. [TH, pp. 135 and 141]. The former helped me with my frequent bouts of abdominal distress, the latter helped with the aching in my back due to sitting too much in front of a computer. Little by little, I memorized most of the hand-locations and finger-postures from the book and started looking for more information on the Internet.
At the time, I was not in a position to travel, so I could not just fly to the next authorized Jin Shin Jyutsu class and take it. I had to wait for a class to come near me. And indeed, it took almost a year and a half before I could take my first 5-Day Basic Jin Shin Jyutsu class in the Baltimore-Washington DC area. By then, I had read The Touch of Healing several times over. I had also memorized the location of all Safety Energy Locks and a few general daily sequences. While I applied Jin Shin Jyutsu occasionally on friends and family, my practice mainly focussed on myself. I guess, nothing beats the first-hand experience – after all, that is how Jiro Murai started it all in the first place.
Why a Website
The motivation behind the creation of this website was to share my knowledge of Jin Shin Jyutsu with the general community. Here, I have included information I learned from my Jin Shin Jyutsu classes, mostly with Carlos Gutterres and Wayne Hackett. There are also my personal experiences and anecdotes from my friends. I have made every effort to keep the source of the information clear and to give credit where it is due.
This site is intended for those who are already somewhat familiar with the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. If you are new to it you may wish to read The Touch of Healing book first. That is how I started. You could also enroll in an authorized 5-Day Basic Seminar where you will be taught the basic principles and harmonizing sequences. If you live in a remote area and have no access to Jin Shin Jyutsu classes, you can start with the self-paced online introductory classes I put together on Udemy.
I have been careful to present the information here honestly and responsibly. I have shared what I have learned from Jin Shin Jyutsu classes and from personal experience. If you find any errors or omissions, feel free to point them out, and I will correct them as soon as I can.
Please keep in mind that Jin Shin Jyutsu itself is an ever-evolving art or, at least, my understanding of it. Apart from mistakes that I may have made, the content continually changes to reflect my growing knowledge and understanding.
First and foremost, my gratitude goes to the Source of this amazing healing art, Who ever gently reminds us that we are never lost or forsaken. I am also grateful to my teachers and the teachers of my teachers for bringing the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu to the world and for sharing it with the rest of us.
I am convinced that the future of Jin Shin Jyutsu lies in becoming a household name for self-help rather than an exotic healing art practiced by a select few. For, after all, everyone is entitled to happiness and well-being.