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Jin Shin Jyutsu: An ancient art with real health benefits

Written by Jennifer Bradley, a Jin Shin Jyutsu® practitioner at UK HealthCare. 

At UK HealthCare, we strive to combine traditional medicine and treatment with other complementary therapies to help treat the whole person, with an emphasis on healing and wellness.

One way we do that is through Jin Shin Jyutsu, a practice that uses light touch to assist with pain, stress, nausea, and other uncomfortable physical and emotional side effects of treatment and illness.

What is Jin Shin Jyutsu?

Jin Shin Jyutsu is the ancient art of balancing the body’s energy system, which facilitates healing and restores the body to a more harmonious state of being. Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioners use their hands to gently balance the flow of life energy in the patient’s body.

Jin Shin Jyutsu is a valuable complement to conventional healing methods. The body contains pathways that feed life energy into all cells and functions. The stresses of daily life – habits, emotions, illness and physical activity – add up over time. They can have adverse effects on the natural flow of energy along these pathways, similar to the way stones inhibit the free movement of water in a stream.

When one or more of these pathways becomes blocked, it can lead to general discomfort in the local area or elsewhere in the body, resulting in physical and/or emotional symptoms. The art of Jin Shin Jyutsu clears the blocks in these energetic pathways, returning them to a more harmonious state.

What happens during a Jin Shin Jyutsu session?

A typical Jin Shin Jyutsu session lasts about one hour. The patient lies face-up on a comfortable, cushioned surface and stays fully clothed. The practitioner begins the session by “listening” to the energetic pulses in the wrist area. These pulses reveal information about the current state of the body’s energetic system and help pinpoint the areas of stress or disharmony.

During treatment, the practitioner gently holds specific areas on the body called “safety energy locks” (similar to acupressure points) in various hand placement combinations known as “flows.”

These flows help unblock pathways, restoring the body to a state of harmony. There is no massage or physical manipulation of the body. The touch is light with very little pressure.

The practitioner may also suggest self-help techniques for the patient to perform between sessions for further harmonizing. Self-help may be performed as needed and has no adverse side effects.

What are the benefits of Jin Shin Jyutsu?

The experience of Jin Shin Jyutsu is unique to each individual and to each session. The most commonly reported effect is a feeling of deep relaxation of both the body and mind during and after the treatment. At times, the body may produce soft bubbling sounds that are simply a response to the body’s release of tension. Jin Shin Jyutsu’s most pronounced effects are felt within the first eight hours of a completed session.

Further long-term effects may be experienced and are unique to the individual.

If you are hoping to relieve the stress of cancer treatment or other existing health issues or if you simply wish to participate in the maintenance of good health and well-being, the Jin Shin Jyutsu services at Markey are a powerful healing tool that can prove helpful to all.


Watch a video about Jin Shin Jyutsu and how it is used to help patients at UK HealthCare.


Next steps:

  • UK HealthCare’s massage therapy program – available to patients, families and staff – promotes relaxation and helps relieve the side effects of illnesses and diseases.
  • Find out more about UK Integrative Medicine & Health, which focuses on the treating the whole patient using all appropriate therapies, healthcare expertise and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.