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Help Your Back Support You

Monday, June 16, 2014
Written by:
Christy Johnson, Ph.D.
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Do you feel you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders?  Do you want people and responsibilities off your back? Does your back “go out?”  Your back, part of the structure keeping you upright in your body, relates to mental and emotional issues as well as physical ones.

Recently I learned most people in the U.S. experience back pain at some point.  Apparently in countries where people use their back muscles to support themselves rather than relying on chairs and couches, fewer back issues result.  Since most of us won’t choose balance balls as office chairs any time soon, consider strength training, yoga, or tai chi to maintain your back health.

Many Jin Shin Jyutsu® (JSJ) acupressure flows and self-helps harmonize backs, addressing the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects.  I highly recommend Safety Energy Lock (SEL) 11 with the same side 15 to open your back.  Place your right hand on right 15 or left hand on left 15 with the other hand crossing to the 11 on the same side as the 15.  This hold allows energy to move up and out of your back and down the front of your body, also supporting exhaling.

SEL 2, also known as “The Chiropractor,” and SEL 15 each address everything pertaining to the physical body and to backs specifically.  Relieve back tension by applying SEL 17, Organ Function Bladder, or Kidney self-helps.  Bladder also relieves burdens of people and problems, think “elimination.”  Apply the Diaphragm for back tightness in general and the Gallbladder for lower back pain.  Too many options?  I personally favor the 11 with 15 and the Bladder both for self-help and with clients experiencing muscular back discomfort or feeling burdened in life.

How do you keep your back healthy?  Does your back tell you when your life goes out of balance?

Note: always seek appropriate medical care.  Jin Shin Jyutsu supports your health as an adjunct to mainstream medical treatment.


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How does a typical Energy Quartet session go?

We open with a 45 minute or so Akashic Records consultation. The revealed themes, patterns, and disharmonies drive the table work in conjunction with your "pulses," body reading, and my intuitive insights. A follow-up e-mail documents what occurs during the energy work and includes customized self-helps.

What should I wear to receive table work?

In this work, you remain fully clothed. Just wear whatever will feel comfortable while lying on my massage table. If it's a remote session, I'll ask you to rest while I send energy.

How do I prepare for a session?

Please consider the personal or interpersonal disharmony that led you to me and how you would like it to shift. During the session, we'll explore and address the origins and drivers of each "project."

Are the Akashic Records predictive?

No, the records aren’t a good resource for predictions. If there’s something you hope will happen, the records might reveal a series of necessary steps to reach your desired outcome but not the timing. For predictions, please consult a good psychic or astrologer!

Why can't children receive Akashic Records consultations?

Minors are under their parents' legal and energetic jurisdiction until they are 18, regardless of their maturity level.


The greatest benefit occurs when I incorporate all four modalities I practice. The option without the Akashic Records is appropriate for children under 18 who cannot receive readings. A stand-alone reading can bring insight and healing but does not involve my direct interaction with your energetic and physical bodies like my other practices.

Do you record Akashic Records consultations?

No, but you are welcome to record sessions yourself.

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Self-helps, both from Jin Shin Jyutsu and the Embodied Energy System, support your continued harmony, accelerate your evolution, and empower you. Plus they make you sparkly!