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