What is Jin Shin Do®?
How was JSD developed?
How is JSD different from Acupuncture, Shiatsu, or Jin Shin Jyutsu?
What is JSD good for?
Who can receive it?
What happens in a JSD session?
Who can do JSD?
How can I learn JSD?
How are JSD Acupressurists and Teachers trained?

What is Jin Shin Do®?

Jin Shin Do® means “The Way of the Compassionate Spirit.”  Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® uses gentle yet deep finger pressure on specific acu-
points and verbal Body Focusing techniques, to help release “armoring” or chronic tension, balance the “Qi” or energy, and improve vitality. This clothes-
on method helps relieve stress- and trauma- related problems. A unique synthesis of a traditional Japanese acupressure technique, classic Chinese
acupuncture and acupressure theory, Taoist philosophy, Qigong (breathing and exercise techniques), Reichian segmental theory and principles of
Ericksonian psychotherapy, it is recognized as a major form of Asian Bodywork Therapy (by NCCAOM and  AOBTA® among others).Originated by
psychotherapist Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, JSD Acupressure promotes a pleasant trancelike state, in which one can relax and move out of the head and
into the body, accessing feelings and inner wisdom.         
In its most basic form, it is a simple, easy to learn, valuable self-help tool that can be shared with family and friends. In the hands of a skilled and sensitive
acupressurist, it can be a powerful, profoundly effective, transformative tool, which is easily incorporated into other therapeutic methods.

How was JSD developed?
The founder, Iona Teeguarden, spent years researching and learning point location and meridian theory with various acupuncture and acupressure
teachers.  As her research progressed, Ms. Teeguarden  noticed the similarity between the concept of somato-emotional tension patterns described by
Wilhelm Reich, a German psychotherapist, and the Eastern/Taoist approach to the psyche. She was also practicing internal (visualization and breathing)
and external (physical exercise) methods of Taoist Yoga (now called “Qi Gong”) taught by a Korean Neigong and NeigongGrand Master, Sung Jin Park.
He suggested the name “Jin Shin Do” for her integration of the theories of classic acupuncture theory and principles of Qigong with traditional Japanese
acupressure techniques.   
In 1976 Ms. Teeguarden went to Japan to research Jin Shin Jyutsu and to meet  Dr. Haruki Kato. On the same trip, she also met Dr. Serizawa and
Kohtaro Wada, both published by Japan Publications.
Through her research, study with various teachers, and spiritual guidance, Ms. Teeguarden compiled the original 30 points and release patterns taught
in Basic Jin Shin Do®. Her first book,
The Acupressure Way of Health: Jin Shin Do, was published by Japan Publications in 1978. After reading the book,
many people around the world began applying the techniques of Jin Shin Do® for themselves and for clients. Classes were taught at the Acupressure
Workshop in Los Angeles. In 1982 the Jin Shin Do® Foundation for Bodymind Acupressure® was formed to maintain the integrity of this unique synthesis
of East and West. Jin Shin Do® Intensive Teacher Training Programs are offered periodically in the U.S. or Europe. "Jin Shin Do" is a registered
trademark in the U.S., Canada, Europe and elsewhere.  "Bodymind Acupressure®" is a registered trademark in the U.S.  The JSD encircled-tree logo is
trademarked in the U.S., and trademark registration in Canada and Europe (CTM) is pending. The JSDF International Directory is at
www.jinshindo.org as
are authorized teacher and registered acupressurist requirements. At the present time, there are Registered Jin Shin Do® Acupressurists and Authorized
Jin Shin Do® Teachers in most of the U.S. states and in other locations including Canada, Mexico, Australia and Europe.
Since the publication of her first book, Ms. Teeguarden has developed the “Emotional Kaleidoscope,”  a particularly effective depiction of the interaction
of emotions correlated with the Five Element theory of acupuncture. Her second book,
The Joy of Feeling: Bodymind Acupressure, published in 1987,
describes these “Five Lands”  of the emotions and explores them through descriptions of actual therapeutic sessions with clients.
In 1996, Ms. Teeguarden produced a third book,
A Complete Guide to Acupressure, (Revised edition, 2002) written with senior Jin Shin Do® teachers. A
Complete Guide
outlines key theories, such as Qi, meridians, segments, Strange Flows, and Five Elements. It also includes several chapters on
applications, including 60 release examples for common problems.

How is JSD different from Acupuncture, Shiatsu, or Jin Shin Jyutsu?
Like acupuncture and most forms of Shiatsu, Jin Shin Do® is based on the Taoist acupuncture theory of energy flows and acupoints. All these techniques
are powerful and effective healing modalities.  Jin Shin Do® is different, firstly, because most other methods teach primarily the 12 organ meridian
pathways, sometimes incorporating the Governing Vessel and Conception Vessel. Jin Shin Do®initially teaches the “Strange Flows” or “Extraordinary
Vessels”  because of their function of balancing all of the energy flows, including meridians; meridian theory is taught in Intermediate Jin Shin Do®.
Secondly, acupuncture uses needles to stimulate the points; Shiatsu may use many body parts (elbows, knees, feet, etc.). Jin Shin Jyutsu has its own
system of energy flows, which are similar to, but not identical with acupuncture meridians. Jin Shin Do® mainly uses mainly gentle-but-firm, directfinger
pressure. Thirdly, Jin Shin Do® focuses more than most of the other methods on the awareness of the recipient, using verbal bodymind awareness
techniques so that the client participates in the release process through breathing, focusing, and visualization. This enhances the release process and
engages cognitive resources which can facilitate lasting change.

What is JSD good for?
The primary goal of Jin Shin Do® is the recipient's awareness of the movement of Qi along with the tension  and chronic holding patterns, both emotional
and physical, in the body structure that block it.  The flow of Qi, or life force, promotes healing  in affected areas and a  whole-body sense of physical
ease and harmony.  It has been used to relieve common conditions, including neck, shoulder and back tension/pain, joint problems, fatigue, headaches,
digestive difficulties, chest and respiratory difficulties, insomnia, menstrual/menopausal difficulties, pelvic tension, and muscular and emotional stress and

Who can receive it?
Please Note: Jin Shin Do® Acupressure is not intended for the diagnosis, treatment or cure of disease. It is a relaxation therapy, and a useful adjunct to
licensed, qualified medical or psychological care. For any persistent pain or symptom, even a seemingly minor one, the reader is strongly encouraged to
consult a medical doctor. When used in conjunction with standard medical treatment, the Jin Shin Do® Acupressure technique can assist the healing
process by releasing tension, decreasing stress and encouraging a sense of increased well-being.
Jin Shin Do® is a safe, comfortable method which has been used in many settings, with many special populations, including animals.
Acupressurists have worked in special programs in schools, hospitals, birthing centers, senior centers, hospices, as well as homes and
stables. Several acupressurists specialize in animal acupressure for horses, cats, dogs, and other animals. Because the method uses only
finger pressure and no rubbing, it has few contraindications. The Acupressurist does not touch a contagious skin disease or open sore; does
not press on bruises or varicosities in areas where phlebitis occurs; and does not touch injuries which are too painful, although one can still
work around the pain to help ease it. Some points are contraindicated for pregnancy, although the same points are excellent for labor and
delivery. Because of its inherent non-invasiveness, Jin Shin Do® can be safely used with surgical, cancer, or AIDS patients and can provide
comforting touch where other types of bodywork are contraindicated.

What happens in a JSD session?
The Acupressurist will usually begin the session by welcoming the client into a safe and comfortable environment.  The work is done with the client
clothed, lying face up on a cushioned massage table.  The Acupressurist will assess the condition of the client by asking about his or her objective for the
session and relevant medical history, taking the energy pulses, palpating acupoints, and asking questions to further identify what areas are asking for
attention.  Most of the time the session will begin with work in the neck and shoulders--often the formal Jin Shin Do® Neck Release--which helps to relax
the client and to open the channels of awareness and communication.  The work is done with gentle, firm finger pressure on the acupoints.  One hand
holds a point in an area of tension or blockage--the "local point"--while the other hand holds a point which assists in its release--the "distal point." As the
Acupressurist uses further acupoint combinations to work with energy pathways and  muscles, s/he may gently engage the client in an awareness of the
shifting condition of the points and areas and may suggest  breathing and/or focused attention on a particular point or area.  As the client focuses on the
body, sensations, messages, or images may arise which s/he may choose to explore with the help of the Acupressurist.  At some point, the client  may fall
into a refreshing state of near-sleep as the release process proceeds. The session usually ends with another Neck and Shoulder Release, some points
along the central channel in the midline for centering, and some form of foot massage for grounding.  Clients usually feel more relaxed and perhaps even
energized after a session, or profoundly aware of what they need to enhance the balance.  This could be such things as rest, water, time off, or better
food.  There is often the relief and joy of "coming home" to one's true nature nature and condition.   

Who can do JSD?
Anyone who can use their hands to apply firm yet gentle touch can do Jin Shin Do® and one may also use any of the many acu-release tools to hold
points. To order the excellent JSD Acu-Releaser go to
Resources. Some people practice primarily on themselves and their families. Some people go on to
practice professionally or to include the work in what they are already doing. Practically anyone can use the work at the level taught in introductory
workshops to improve their own well-being, reduce stress and tension, and “get in touch.” Some take more advanced courses because they are drawn to
deeper study of the philosophy and/or physical/emotional/spiritual applications. Professionals, including massage therapists, nurses, chiropractors,
physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, doctors, and ministers, find the uncomplicated technique of Jin Shin Do® uniquely easy to blend with
their primary modalities. And some people pursue Jin Shin Do® as their primary professional modality by completing the requirements to become a
Registered Jin Shin Do® Acupressurist.

How can I learn JSD?
You can begin by reading any of the books mentioned in the Resources section. Of course, location of points is most effective when taught  in a class or
workshop by someone with experience.  Authorized Teachers are listed in the Jin Shin Do® Acupressurists and Teachers page of this web site.  
Additional teachers are listed in the Jin Shin Do® Foundation's web site (see Resources). The student in an introductory Jin Shin Do® class embarks on
an intriguing exploration of Qi by applying gentle pressure to acupoint combinations mapped out on a chart.   As stress and tension melt away with the
release of the points, the student has a direct experience of the flow of Qi, or life force.   Modern western psychological theory describes body holding
patterns, or "emotional armoring," which can impede the flow of Qi and cause tension and pain.   Classes teach the theories of the points and pathways
and how to use simple  finger pressure and breathing and visualization to release the blocks and enhance the flow of Qi.  From the first class, students
learn simple yet powerful ways to get back in touch with themselves and the flow of life.   

How are Jin Shin Do® Registered Acupressurists and Authorized Teachers trained?
As one of many requirements, students participate in 250 hours of course work taught by an Authorized JSD Teacher.  They first learn techniques and
powerful acupoints by following release examples.  As the courses progress, they learn to create customized sessions based on assessment of the
recipient's tension and energy patterns in relation to the physical, emotional and spiritual associations of the Eight Strange Flows (balancing channels),
Armoring Segments, 12 meridians, Zang and Fu (organ functions), Five Elements, Endogenous and Exogenous Causes of Imbalance, Tendino-Muscular
Meridians, etc.  They also learn verbal techniques to facilitate breathing and body awareness.  To apply to be a Registered Jin Shin Do® Acupressurist,
one must also log 125 experience hours, receive 10 sessions with a Registered Jin Shin Do® Acupressurist , pass a practical exam, and be in compliance
with local licensing requirements for bodywork.

The Requirements for Authorized Jin Shin Do® Teachers are described in the Learning section of this site.
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