Jin Shin Jyutsu: The Art of Getting to Know Yourself

By Tami Charbonnet

In the early 1900′s Jiro Murai, a Japanese philosopher, revived the ancient Japanese practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu, the art of balancing and harmonizing lifeís energy within the human body. Master Murai devoted his life to research and development of this ageless tradition and to teaching the practice to others. Through tender, non-invasive touch, Jin Shin Jyutsu helps one achieve optimal health, well-being and vitality.

In the period following World War II, Master Murai imparted the Art to Mary Burmeister, who brought it to the US in the early 1950’s.  Over the years, Mrs. Burmeister taught Jin Shin Jyutsu to others. The Art has grown to include thousands of practitioners around the world.  Currently, Mrs. Burmeister’s sons are carrying on her work from their headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Jin Shin Jyutsu has healing power for the mind, body and soul.  Unlike traditional Western massage, where the recipient lies face down on a massage table, in a Jin Shin Jyutsu session one remains clothed and lies face up on a comfortable treatment table.

A Jin Shin Jyutsu session generally lasts about an hour. It does not involve massage, manipulation of muscles, or use of drugs or substances. It is a calm, gentle, healing art, practiced by lightly placing the fingertips (over clothing) on the bodyís designated Safety Energy Locks, to harmonize and restore energy flow. This supports the reduction of tension and stress, which accumulate through normal daily living.  Holding these energy locks in combination can bring balance to mind, body, and spirit.

There are many energy pathways in the body, each with a distinct essence.
– Mary Burmeister

Mary Burmeister, Jin Shin Jyutsu pioneer

While Jin Shin Jyutsu may be facilitated by a trained practitioner, often it is a self study activity.  Students learn to self-interpret their bodyís messages to restore balance.

Jin Shin Jyutsu is a healing treatment that helps us recognize and claim the bodyís wisdom to support harmony in body, mind, emotions and spirit.  It is not a substitute for traditional medical care.