Category Archives: Jin Shin Jyutsu

What is happening in the world of Jin Shin Jyutsu

Stomach and Spleen: From the Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter

Recently there has been interest in the mental/emotional disharmonies and I mentioned face flows would help in a previous post.

It seems good and appropriate to share from The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, number 43, Winter 2004. You may obtain your own copy of this newsletter at and I strongly recommend that! I have all copies of the Main Central and find it was a great investment.

The Stomach and the Spleen Function Energy The Descending and Ascending Helpers of the First Depth On the 12 Organ Function Level” contributed by Cristina Minamisawa

“These two flows bring the vibration of this particular depth into manifestation.

As manifested organs, both Stomach and Spleen live at the waistline, in the center, between Heaven and Earth, at the level of Human experience.

‘By chance,’ I am writing on a Saturday, the day ruled by Saturn, master and ruler of the First Depth. It is the sixth day of Creation when the whole blueprint for the individualized expression – Man – was completed and the Creator was ready to rest. The Oneness is ready to manifest, and it does so through the quality of the Earth element, the center, the ground that supports our lives in this existence, that supplies our food and nourishment, the basis for all the other elements, the cycles of beginning and ending – the Phoenix that arises from the ashes. Spirit comes down and is contained by Earth, it provides the form and the structure, helps us to keep our boundaries through the Skin Surface, to receive from Heaven and manifest Heaven on this plane.

Worry is the attitude that affects the First Depth: I have been worried about this article for months, hoping a ‘big’ inspiration would come down and magically manifest itself. No-thing seemed to happen. I started giving myself both flows waiting for them to speak to me. This morning I received the CD: “What Mary Says” and as I listened to Philomena’s warm, loving voice I heard, “Worry prevents us from receiving.” Hah! Hah! Thank you Mary for your wisdom! Being worried prevented me from getting started, receiving the inspiration I was so anxiously waiting for and bringing it into form…

Mary chose these two flows as a self-help practice, a clue to their power.

The Stomach Flow is the exhale, one of the face Flows, it brings down the Spirit from head to toe, emptying out our thoughts and emotions (mental-emotional stresses), helping us to digest our limited beliefs, self images, thoughts (obsession is undigested thoughts that keep going round and round in our minds), food and all the modern life stimuli. As the energy spirals down to become Man, thoughts and beliefs are like filters that may diminish or distort the blueprint, resulting in a disharmonized expression. As Mary says, “The body is the mirror of our thoughts.” So, the Stomach Function Energy is one of the great helpers if we want to manifest a healthy and harmonious body.”

To be continued….

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings


I remember that Sara Harper said that if you just jumper-cable your thumb for the rest of your life, you will enjoy harmony of body, mind and spirit. She teaches an awesome class…I simply love her soul.

A reader asks about mental or emotional disharmony

 A reader wrote: I wish i was as mentally strong as you. I am perfectly alright physically but not emotionally. One year back I did lots of things. i have always kept myself busy, but lately, though I plan to do a lot of things, I don’t end up doing it.i want to exercise, do my self help (i have lots of faith in jin shin)work etc. I feel guilty,need help.

Here is a short answer:

The first thing I suggest is that you seek medical advice to rule out anything physiological. You may want to seek counseling with a psychologist or psychiatrist, as well. Remember that Jin Shin Jyutsu supports medical treatment.

Mary teaches us that Jin Shin Jyutsu is threefold (like us? Like the Power greater than ourselves?):

  1. Physio-Philosophy-Awareness of Myself – roots – bustline SELs 10/13
  2. Physio-Psychology-Understanding of Myself – trunk – waistline SELS 9/14
  3. Physio-Physiology-Technique for Myself – harvest – hipline SELs 2/15

Jin Shin Jyutsu helps our threefold self.

If you are experiencing mental/emotional disharmony, utilizing face flows will help. You may find your handout from the 5-day class helpful. Face flows have relationship with SEL 14 and include the Gallbladder Body Function Energy, the Bladder Body Function Energy and the Stomach Body Function Energy. I always remember that Stomach Body Function Energy Flow helps digestion…in the stomach and in the mind…digesting thoughts and other mental/emotional disharmony.

Another Jin Shin Jyutsu quickie flow that helps me is harmonizing the Depths, especially 2nd Depth. I like to practice conscious breaths while I hold my head with both hands. 1st Depth is above my ears. 2nd Depth is my forehead. 3rd Depth is the upper back of my head, 4th Depth is lower back of my head (around SELs 4), 5th Depth is deep within my head and 6th Depth is the top of my head.

While these flows will help, you will still have to do the work. You need to seek your own truth and discover your own purpose. Close friends provide safe people to talk to as you try to figure out the disharmony. It is my experience that when I have emotional disharmony that practically paralyzes other parts of my life, if I reach out to help someone else, I stop obsessing with “me” and get some relief simply by helping someone else. Then I am able to think clearly and rationally…at least for a while! For me, mental disharmony is usually initiated by fear. The antidote to fear is faith…for me.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

Are You Your Own Testimony? (Part 2)

Following my injury in February, 2012, I purchased Haruki Kato’s 2 textbooks from  Studying those texts, which brought even greater understanding, I noticed that Dr. Kato was convinced that the best way to treat a disorder was to observe (diagnose) it from three different points of view. He chose to utilize acupuncture-moxibustion and Chinese herbology to observe the internal organ system, the “body-balancing” method to observe the movement system and Jin Shin Jyutsu to observe the circulation system.

In his Text I, page 6, he states: “From the medical point of view, Jin Shin Jyutsu is highly advanced, and has potential beyond the scope of a home therapy or a health maintenance method. For this reason, I have always wanted licensed professional practitioners to utilize it together with other medical modalities, and have restrained myself from making it available to the general public.”

Inasmuch as I have finally learned to listen, I chose the 3 methods that work best with my body. I use Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help on a daily basis to help my circulation system (please note, all circulation systems); Massage therapy on a weekly basis to help my movement system and Network Chiropractic twice a week to help both my circulation and movement systems. (If you are unfamiliar with Network Chiropractic, please look at: All three methods help my internal organs as well. I also continued to see my medical doctor for scheduled checkups, etc.

Over the course of the next 23 months, I was pain-free, my vertebrae began to maintain alignment and disc material began to regenerate.

It is my experience that Jin Shin Jyutsu will bring total healing to my body and maintain it…though I seek help elsewhere when necessary. JSJ takes time. It is the natural healing power of the body to draw from the 6th depth to renew, regenerate and replace each and every cell as my body requires. This is my experience. If I somehow contract a bacterial infection, while I know JSJ alone will take care of the situation, I go to my medical doctor for a prescription for antibiotics to speed things up. I continue to use my 3 methods of therapy because they help the medicine work and diminish the negative side effects. As you have read, I am no stranger to surgery when it is required. This is my experience.

On March 19th, 2014, I was driving to my medical doctors for annual bloodwork and was stopped at a stop sign. Another vehicle lost his brakes and slammed into the back of my car. My spine screamed and I was taken to the hospital. I received appropriate medical treatment and, after a few weeks began to incorporate my three methods of therapy, and healing became rapid…within a few months, I was completely restored except for my lumbar spine. It alone was not responding. My therapies helped, but didn’t last more than 8 hours or so.

I returned to the orthopedic surgeon I had seen in 2012 and he ordered another MRI and discovered that disc material had been forced into a position between thoracic and lumbar vertebrae where nerves were “stuck” between the old fusion bony material from 1982. If I walked more than 100 feet, my muscles would begin to spasm and I would drag my right leg. Clearly time for surgery.

And that brings us to today. I cannot climb stairs nor can I lift anything that doesn’t weigh less than ten pounds. (Which includes my cats…but then, they just jump on me…they have always “walked all over” me anyway!) I have been giving myself Jin Shin Jyutsu every day and will begin massage therapy this week. I hope to add Network Chiropractic therapy in the next week or so. While I suffer some discomfort, I can walk all over without pain or spasm! Actually, that is my prescribed medical physical therapy: walking!

This is my testimony.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings


Are You Your Own Testimony?

This is a question Mary asks us on Page 2 of the textbook “Know Myself It Is – Book II”.

She writes: “INTRODUCING: JIN SHIN JYUTSU IS., Book 1” came to a close with the following: “7. Through half a century of Master Murai’s untiring efforts to rediscover the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu and nearly thirty years of my study in the art, testimonies from all over the world can be obtained. However, why not you be your own testimony! No other testimony can be greater than that of MYSELF. Getting to KNOW (Help) MYSELF.”

Regular readers might have noticed that my posts have been somewhat erratic lately. The reason is that I required back surgery on January 29th as a result of injury sustained in a motor vehicle accident last March. I am well on the road to recovery (the procedure was a complete success) but still limited in my activities. I can type…so it might be a good thing for me to share with you my testimony of how Jin Shin Jyutsu has helped me over the years, especially as respects my spine. Here goes:

My spine has always been rather fragile. In the early 1970s I herniated 3 lumbar discs. Conservative treatment carried me until 1982 when I was no longer able to stand without exquisite pain. Surgery was performed: a 2-level disc and fusion, L4, L5, S1. It was an ordeal back in those days. A 17 inch incision down my spine and to my right hip. Bone shavings were taken and mixed with a gel to fuse those vertebrae. I was unable to sit for 6 months. This was before I ever heard of Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Jump ahead to July, 2009 when a fall on concrete/metal caused herniation of cervical discs and a torn rotator cuff, biceps tear, etc. Aha! I had been studying Jin Shin Jyutsu since 2005. Practicing daily self-help held me, with conservative medical treatment, until October, 2010. At that time surgery was required: a 2-level disc and fusion, C5, C6, C7. This time the fusion was accomplished with a titanium plate and the incision was 1 inch long on the front of my neck! The following month my shoulder was surgically repaired. Both surgeons we surprised at how quickly I recovered. I explained that I performed daily Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help. They just looked at me for a minute, then patted my (good) shoulder, saying, “That’s nice, dear.” There is none so blind as he who will not see. (someone famous said that)

I was ready to perform usual activities on March 1, 2011…including a return to work full time. This is the difference Jin Shin Jyutsu made to my recovery. In my experience, Jin Shin Jyutsu is critical in supporting Western medicine.

I was doing so very well, that I made a poor decision and helped friends move…yes, lifting heavy boxes. Duh. I really need a JSJ flow that will increase common sense…and remind me that I only think I’m 25 years old though I’m not far from 70. (It is a shock every morning when I look in the mirror and see my great grandmother looking back at me!)

Wait, there’s more.

That was in February, 2012. Back to the doctor. Yes, herniated 2 thoracic discs and one lumbar disc. Oh, no! Not again! Conservative treatment for a few months, heading for yet another surgery! (they should just put in a zipper!) But, now I have been studying and practicing Jin Shin Jyutsu for 7 years and learned a lot more. I declined surgery and medications telling the doctor it could always be a last resort.

I’m going to tell you all about it…next post.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

Shoulder Release – Right and Left

I’ve received several inquiries regarding shoulder flows and will add another that has brought harmony to shoulder disharmony.


R on left 26 (fingers on lower 2/3 of blade), L on left 11/3

Move L down the back between spine and shoulder blade rib by rib to left 23

Move L to left 25

Move L to left 9/10, close to shoulder blade

Move L on left hand web between thumb and index fingers, then all other fingers

Move L to right hi 1, fingers point down

Move L to right 24


L on right 26 (fingers on lower 2/3 of blade), R on right 11/3

Move R down the back between spine and shoulder blade rib by rib to right 23

Move R to right 25

Move R to right 9/10, close to shoulder blade

Move R on right hand web between thumb and index fingers, then all other fingers

Move R to left hi 1, fingers point down

Move R to left 24


I find it so interesting that there may be several flows to use to bring harmony to the same site of disharmony. A classic observation is how the 4 self-help flows for the Main Central Vertical Universal Harmonizing Energy vary slightly, but each brings the sought-after harmony. The best way to observe is to use each flow in my own daily self-help over a few weeks, then substitute the second flow, etc. I know it is so and I ponder the mystery of this simple Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy and continually express gratitude to Master Jiro Murai, Mary Burmeister and those teachers who lovingly share their knowledge.

Who knew?







A reader asks about a relative whose right shoulder is higher than her left…

If your Mum came to me as a client, the first thing I’d do is a body reading. I would watch how she walks, sits, stands, and lies down. I would note disharmonies above-below, left and right. I would then walk around the table and notice heaviness or lightness at bust/waist/hip lines. I would evaluate the weight of one limb compared to others.

Does she habitually carry a large bag with her left arm? What kind of shoes are worn?

Now that I have harmony and disharmony noted in my mind, I would listen to her 12 pulses. I would look for harmony. If I notice disharmony, I would note which body organ flows might be involved in the disharmony of the flow.

If the client’s right shoulder is higher than the left shoulder, the cause might be on a body, mind or spiritual level – or any combination of all three levels. I would consider the Depths that are involved.

All this would be done in about 2 minutes. Then I would ask the client if s/he could verbalize specific complaints.

So, in approximately 5 minutes, I have gleaned a lot of information that will guide me to help my client. Now I have an idea of which Safety Energy Locks are “stuck”. If energy is stuck below, I need to help the body bring the energy above. If energy is stuck above, I need to help the body to bring the energy down.

I want to acknowledge which SELs are around the shoulder area…3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, hi 19, 22. I want to acknowledge the Depths that might be involved…skeletal (5th Depth), muscular (4th Depth), deep skin (2nd Depth) and I will quickly listen to the body pulses of those SELs and Depths.

In Text II, I can see that Lung Function Energy flows through the shoulder, as do the Large Intestine, Stomach, Umbilicus and Liver Body Function Energy Flow.

I can utilize special body function flows and finger flows! The Main Central, both Supervisors, Mediators and conscious breaths.

Or you may choose to use the following flow:

Front of Neck Flow

L on R side of neck; spread fingers slightly (this is SEL 12)

R on R High 19

R on R 18 at base of thumb

R on R index finger, thumb side

R on R middle finger, inside

R on R ring finger, outside

R on R little finger, outside


L on R 11

L on R 22

L on R 4

L on R 14

L on L high 1

L on L little toe

L on L big toe


Adaptability, the Body’s Response to Impermanence

Phyllis Singer’s article may be found in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter Number 33, Summer 2001 and purchased at

“Students of the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu have often heard and witnessed, “The only thing permanent about life is change.” Philosophically speaking, when we keep ourselves adapted to the now, we will live in the harmony of the present. “SMILE. I have never experienced this Breath I am ever before nor will I ever again. Enjoy the Breath that I am now.” – (Self-Help Book III, pg. 10). Know Myself BE IT IS, IS.

Changes in season bring a particular challenge to life as the spirit, mind and body go through much transition while accepting this change. Mary used to say, “Happiness is a function of accepting what is. ” In keeping with Mary’s teachings, I offer a quickie couch potato flow (a flow that is actually a pose to comfortably hold) for all of us to apply for easy transition into summer or the hottest time of any season. In Florida, a state where summer descends as suddenly as winter blows into the Northern states, the need for this flow is particularly evident.

Cross the hands over the chest, palms under the collarbones, Safety Energy Lock 22’s, with fingertips touching the upper arms, Safety Energy Lock hi 19’s. Find the ideal position for your comfort, remembering that there is always a  way. If it isn’t convenient to apply a certain hold, find an alternative, and keep the ideal in mind. Now place the pad of your big toe-Safety Energy Lock 7-on the opposite inside ankle, Safety Energy Lock 5. The second part of this flow is to reverse the foot position.

This flow is particularly useful when one is going into any kind of change. As well as corresponding to th hottest time of any season, it also can help with the hottest, potentially worrisome life issues, helping us to be flexible while choosing transformation. It also provides a dynamic way to increase flexibility at all levels and is a simple, quickie self-help to facilitate being in harmony with the now or in “FLOW” as described by Mary in Self-Help Book III, pg. 2.

As self-help practitioners, we are often looked upon to answer family’s, friend’s, client’s or student’s questions on self-help for a variety of projects, especially on a one-to-one basis. Remember Mary’s conversation about the Safety Energy Locks in Self-Help Book II, pg. 6, “Just as they are named, they are our truest friends, SAFETY Energy Locks…if we heed their friendly concern, we can instantly help ourselves from misery…”

I suggest that we heed Mary’s wisdom and get to know our friends, the SAFETY Energy Locks. Using the couch potato flow above (also known as the Adapter Flow), we know that 22’s mean complete; gathering and dispersal. 22 is a critical-to-life Safety Energy Lock. For me, I hear that as my ability to receive-inhale-GATHER, and to give-exhale-DISPERSE, 22 can assist with any projects involving the balance of receiving and giving, or exhaling and inhaling. 22 represents ATTENTION (gathering) and INTENTION (dispersal) and can harmonize our consciousness. 22 can help with “harmonizing concepts, help to release perceptions into boundless dimensions.” (Self-Help Book II, pg. 55) Mary is letting us know that 22 can help us free our minds so that we can drop old reactions into the pleasure of the now, allowing the future to be the unknown exploration and adventure in front of us.

Looking at page 20 in Self-Help Book II we see that the friendship with 5 brings us “regeneration, putting off the old and putting on the new. 5 helps us to adapt to natural conditions to be liberated from all bondage.” Add the order that 7 brings; we find perfect life power and the experience of personal success and triumph. Add to that the energy of 19 (remember the placement of the fingertips while palming the 22’s?), and we now have our personal authority and leadership enhanced. I call the 19’s NOW TRUST MYSELF.

So if someone asks you a Jin Shin Jyutsu question out of the blue, remember to ask for help from our truest friends, the Safety Energy Locks. If you are not experiencing your already existent, ever-present relationship with the Safety Energy Locks, apply the Adapter Flow for a reset as it will assist you in “presencing” yourself so as to come through. Like any friendship with individuals in our personal lives,each Safety Energy Lock brings its own precious gifts. It is up to us to ask and to receive.”

Thank you, Phyllis.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings