Jin Shin Jyutsu: Ancient Japanese Technique For Stress Relief

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Holding and focusing on each finger dilutes the feelings of anxiety, fear, rage, sadness, and issues with self-esteem. This technique helps you manage your emotions and stop feeling stressed. Consequently, energy flow runs more smoothly throughout our body for organs like kidneys, gall bladder, liver to function properly.

Steps to perform Jin Shin Jyutsu or acupressure technique:

  1. Start with the thumb finger and grasp it with your opposite hand i.e, you have to wrap the hand around the finger. 
  2. Hold it for two minutes and feel the pulse. Don’t put pressure on your skin. But, just a little soft touch. This is why the practice is also called the “The Art of Light Touch”.
  3. Repeat the process for all the other fingers
  4. To calm your mind and aid in relaxation, apply slight pressure to the centre of your palm with your opposite thumb and hold for at least one minute. This step balances your whole body and also help well with being nauseous.

Check out the video below that demonstrates the acupressure technique:

Jin Shin Jyutsu is advantageous because –

  • It just takes 2-5 minutes to get relief from stress and anxiety. 
  • You can practise this technique anywhere, anytime (even at your workplace) without anyone noticing, unlike yoga and meditation that needs a comfortable place to practise.  
  • Healthier than anxiety-banishing foods like pastries, ice creams, that can make you overweight and obese.
  • This is a self-help technique (involves use of thumbs and fingers), which makes it dynamic.

In one small study nurses were told to use this acupressure technique and researchers measured their stress levels before and after one month of daily practice. Research showed a significant increase in positivity, gratitude, calmness, motivation and a significant decrease in stress, anger, depression and moral issues. 
Acupressure technique also lowered sleeplessness, muscle aches and headaches in nurses. Also, they were able to treat patients with more care, empathy and compassion and provide them personalised and culturally congruent care, while dealing with stressful situations.

Also read: Ikigai: The Japanese Secret That’ll Transform Your Outlook On Life

In another study published in the Journal of Holistic Nursing, women diagnosed with breast cancer performed 10 Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions. Stress was measured using a questionnaire. Upon comparing and before and after session data (such as helpfulness of Jin Shin Jyutsu, the adaption of participants, their activities of daily living etc), researchers found that women were benefitted from the healing technique. They wanted to feel better physically and emotionally and to live a fuller life and were seeking balance in life.  

This healing method existed over 3,000 years ago even long before Buddhism and was passed down through generations. In the 1900s Jiro Murai, a Japanese philosopher, discovered this healing art at the age of 26 when he was severely ill. He engaged in intense study and meditative practice for 34 years until he discovered the energy within his body. And finally named this practice as it is today.
Over years, Jin Shin Jyutsu became popular and accepted worldwide. UK HealthCare is applying this technique since 2011 for treating patients both physically and mentally.

Also read: Kaizen: A Japanese Technique for Overcoming Laziness

The bottom line

Stress is inevitable in our lives! Practice Jin Shin Jyutsu every day and you will notice that you are able to deal with stress more effectively. You will feel more calm, positive, relaxed and physically fit. 

Try this technique when you experience pangs of stress and let us know how you feel in the comments below.
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1. Burmeister, M. and Landon, M., 1980. Jin Shin Jyutsu Is. Jin Shin Jyutsu, Incorporated.
2. Burmeister, A., 1997. The touch of healing: Energizing body, mind, and spirit with the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Bantam.
3. Lamke, D., 1996. A research study: Jin shin jyutsu and perceived stress. The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter.
4. Higgins, M., 1988. Mary Burmeister, Master of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Yoga Journal 79 (March/April 1988): 24, 29.
5. Hill, R.Y. and Burmeister, M., 2011. Introduction to the Jin Shin Jyutsu physio-philosophy. Nursing from the inside-out: Living and nursing from the highest point of your consciousness, pp.25-58.

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