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Jin Shin Jyutsu®

Your Hands or Mine?

Monday, October 7, 2013
Written by:
Christy Johnson, Ph.D.
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Jin Shin Jyutsu® (JSJ) Japanese acupressure self-helps empower anyone applying their hands as jumper cables to improve their harmony and health.  So why would you see a practitioner when you can “do it yourself?”

For starters, JSJ self-helps abbreviate each “flow,” or series of harmonizing pairs of acupressure points, down to just one hold.  Most Jin Shin Jyutsu flows contain at least four steps, some close to twenty.  Generally the first flow step or “anchor step” becomes the self-help for the flow if the points are physically accessible.  While this step represents the complete flow, it only contains one element of the energy redirection process, essentially an energetic shortcut.

Jin Shin Jyutsu, while beautifully simple in some ways, actually encompasses a vast amount of material with interdependencies and complexity requiring lifelong learning.  As practitioners we devote ourselves to the art and all its nuances.  While you can effectively hold your middle finger to harmonize anger, for example, it may not unhook the root cause of the disharmony.

Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioners process four kinds of input to determine what flow sequences best support your harmony: what “projects” you report, what your pulses “say,” what your body reveals when you lie at rest on the treatment table, plus intuition and experience.  While self-helps can create significant positive shifts, tricky or imbedded projects often require both objectivity and additional expertise to reveal the most effective treatment.  In-person sessions also tend to create physical relaxation, further inviting harmony and wholeness, although remote sessions also provide significant health benefits.

I love how the healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu contains self-helps accessible for daily use but I also enjoy the deep benefits of seeing my own practitioner for treatments.  Are you more of a do-it-yourself person, someone who enjoys being supported by a practitioner, or do you prefer a mix of the two?


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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Why do self-helps?

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!