I recently received a newsletter from Lorraine Castro that included some very interesting information on a healing and balancing Art that I hadn’t heard of: Jin Shin Jyutsu. She passed on an article written by Alex Miles from February of this year titled:


Who wouldn’t want to spend five minutes doing an easy exercise that can boost energy and provide emotional balance? Especially in our difficult times. As I read the article, I found the Art was simple and yet very profound. So I looked up Jin Shin Jyutsu on the internet. Here is an excerpt from what was written by David Burmeister and Michou Landon on www.jsjinc.net:

“Jin Shin Jyutsu® is an ancient oriental Art of harmonizing life energy within the body. Said to predate Buddha and Moses, it was rediscovered in the early 1900’s by Master Jiro Murai, who, after recovery from a “terminal” illness, devoted himself to the revival of the Art for future generations. He believed that the capacity to use this Art is born in all of us, like our hands, the tools with which it is applied.

“It is a physio-philosophy that involves the application of the hands for gently balancing the flow of life energy in the body; more generally, it is the awakening to awareness of complete harmony within the self and the universe.”

Pretty spectacular stuff. This is what Alex Miles had to say (as passed on by Lorraine and edited by Emma Ruffin):

Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient Japanese Art, philosophy and a powerful alternative health practice. It harmonizes the life energy in the body, which promotes physical, spiritual, mental and emotional health.

Some of the benefits of Jin Shin Jyutsu are the fact that it:

  • Promotes pain relief
  • Induces relaxation
  • Reduces the effect of stress
  • Enhances sleep
  • Decreases anxiety
  • Increases circulation
  • Improves concentration
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Enhances the immune system
  • Improves the condition of skin
  • Promotes regeneration
  • Improves circulation and breathing
  • Detoxifies

According to this tradition, each part of the hand is connected to different emotions or organs:

Thumb: Emotional pain, worry, sadness, grief, depression, anxiety, stress, tension, stomach issues, skin conditions, headaches.

Index Finger: Fear, terror, mental confusion, frustration, back ache, gum issues, digestive problems, kidney, bladder.

Middle Finger: Anger, rage, resentment, irritability, indecisiveness, relationships, headaches, fatigue, cramps, circulation.

Ring Finger: Anxiety, preoccupation, worry, fear of rejection, negativity, skin conditions, digestion, respiratory problems, lungs intestine.

Little Finger: Low self-esteem, family, insecurity, nervousness, judgmental, blood pressure, sore throat, bloating, heart, intestine.

Palm: Fatigue, depression, despondency, diaphragm

Here’s a simple hand exercise that takes just five minutes:

While concentrating on whatever emotion or ailment in need of attention, hold the finger with the opposite hand wrapping all the fingers and thumb around the particular finger being worked on. Inhale and exhale deeply.

Hold each finger for approximately one to two minutes, and within a short time, a pulsating sensation will be felt. This is perfectly natural.

When working on the palm of the hand for mental calmness, press down with the thumb of the opposite hand, angling towards the middle finger and again hold for one to two minutes.

When pressed, the palm of the hand can offer a full body nourishment.

Inhale, breathing in calm and peaceful thoughts and feelings and then exhale letting go of any emotional attachment or physical discomfort that you wish to clear.

While letting go of the emotional or physical tension, imagine the energy draining out of the fingers and into the earth.

As energy channels run through the fingers and correlate with specific emotions or organs, the energy will begin to disperse as the exercise is practiced.

For a full body balance and harmonization repeat the exercise on every finger and hold the pressure for a little longer.

I tried it for the first time after reading what Alex Miles had to say and found it very effective. Hopefully, it will be so for you, too.

With love and gratitude…

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