Exploring Jin Shin Jyutsu – A Physio-Philosophy, Part 3

Paul B. Lister, M.A., C.C.C. offers an article in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter issue from Summer 2005, Number 49 about his experience with Jin Shin Jyustu. This, and all issues of The Main Central, are available at http://www.jsjinc.net.

~ Paul B. Lister, M.A., C.C.C. Speech-Language Pathologist, Private Practice in New Hampshire.

Excerpted from an article appearing in The Ammonoosuc Times, New Hampshire, February 11, 2005, this is about the author’s observations and experience with Jin Shin Jyutsu on stroke and brain-injured adults. He has worked with Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner, Irene Lambert, in Littleton, New Hampshire.

Could the effect of Jin Shin Jyutsu on our client account for the improvement in short term memory, improved affect and recreation of a splendid sense of humor? Now the possibility appeared quite real to me.

Irene asked me if I have any physical or mental pains and I described a rotator cuff that greatly limits my overhand movement with painful twinges. For the next hour during my session I could feel pulses in my body through her fingers, even through a sweater and jeans. The relaxation that flowed through me is indescribable and I felt tension ebb that I didn’t know was even present. The feeling was, to borrow a phrase, the incredible lightness of being.

She advised me not to perform heavy tasks the remainder of the evening, and she was right. My body craved rest, but my mind felt remarkably sharp. The next day I was able to help bring Christmas decorations down from the attic without the pain I have been accustomed to in my shoulder; but more noticeably, I had a general sense of well-being and the usual trepidation that strikes me before pending holidays had been replaced with enthusiasm.

After the session, Irene instructed me in several simple self-help applications that involved firmly, but not tightly, holding one of my fingers. Since then, I have practiced faithfully, simply because it works.

We discussed a number of areas where Jin Shin Jyutsu has been documented as improving the human condition – including fatigue, vision, heart conditions, digestion, respiratory functions, fever, headache, myeloma and a slew of others. I was mostly interested in how Jin Shin Jyutsu could help my patients with communication disorders.

Can stuttering be diminished by controlling tension and breathing, especially when a finger grasp could be clandestinely used to initiate the response? Can the depression that normally accompanies a stroke and similar neurological disabilities be modified so that it is no longer a factor in recovery?

I do know that attributes of a recovery beyond my explanation occurred for my patient. I also know something very positive happened to me, and this, too, was beyond my explanation. Irene Lambert unlocked more than I had anticipated. I will return with more questions and for more Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Thank you, Paul and Irene.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings


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