Trudy Roughgarden of Sunnyvale, CA writes “Jin Shin Jyutsu: A Story About One” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 42, Fall 2003:
My youngest sister, Holly, has MS. She was diagnosed about 3 years ago. We get to visit each other about twice a year. She loves her Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions with me.
Her main symptom to a casual observer is a stiff-legged gait. She also experiences fatigue and spasms in the diaphragm area. Usually after one or two sessions, the diaphragm spasms stop. After about 3 days her gait shows more fluidity. When I touch her body, I feel fullness and hardness in the 14 area and two long rods that run between her 2’s and her 9’s.
When she walks, she shifts her weight from side to side onto stiff legs. After working with her 1 and 2 Flows, her torso starts to soften. As the 2’s release, her back softens, and she is able to swing her legs more forward, and her gait gains fluidity.
Other flows that she especially enjoys are the 3rd Method of Correction, which helps the 14’s and the whole nervous system; the Mediator, which helps the diagonal relationships; and the Gall Bladder Flow, which helps to open the lumbar area. Of course, the list of possibilities is endless, and I always wish I could work on her all year round.
My last visit with Holly was at the home of my parents. We had both just arrived and were sharing a bedroom. She was already tired, so I suggested that she lie in bed, and I would work with her, and it was okay if she just fell asleep. I began with the usual 1 Flow, to invite movement into the body. The difference this time was the strength of the internal message to stay with that flow for the full hour, almost as if I didn’t dare move so that she could! I did spend an hour or more on those 3 simple steps. Holly fell fast asleep after about 20 minutes.
After that flow, I decided to go to bed. Since I was still awake, I started to read. All was quiet for about an hour when suddenly I heard Holly shout out very loudly, while still sound asleep, “COME ON EVERYBODY, LET’S GO. WE’VE GOT TO GET MOVING. LET’S GO!” I smiled a big smile, lay back and didn’t even mind lying awake for half the night. After that night, I will never underestimate the power of ONE.
Thank you, Mary, for this great gift of Jin Shin Jyutsu.
Thank you, Trudy.
Thank you, Mary.
Thank you, David.
Gassho, Namaste, Blessings
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