Eika Bingden writes about: “Jin Shin Jyutsu in Psychiatric Care: A Case History” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 76, Spring 2012:
Renate Kanigowski was a physiotherapist in the regional hospital for psychiatry in the town of Wehnen near Oldenburg, Germany. As part of her professional training, she got to know physio-acupuncture-therapy; however, working with this method did not feel appropriate to her. In a book about Schüssler-Salts she was given the hint that you can remove physical blockages with Jin Sin Jyutsu. In February 2001 she found out more about Jin Shin Jyutsu in a public lecture by Dr. Markus Dongowski and received a reference to the book The Touch of Healing by Alice Burmeister.
Immediately she started to hold particular Jin Shin Jyutsu sequences on her patients and gained firsthand experience. The self-help courses expanded her understanding of the healing art and made her curious about the 5-Day Basic Seminars, which she had attended annually since 2006. Gradually she employed the (re-)gained knowledge about the connection between body, mind and soul, especially in cases where all conventional methods did not work. Many a success in treatments quickly got around to the practicing doctors and psychologists, and more prescriptions were given for Jin Shin Jyutsu . Sometimes she gave 5-6 treatments a day. The head of the physiotherapy ward had to restrict the weekly amount of Jin Shin Jyutsu treatments so that Renate could also do a certain amount of classical physiotherapy treatments. In the meantime she had established two patient self-help groups with whom she met once a week and carried out simple self-help exercises. When she gave up her job at the end of 2009 due to a changed personal situation, there occurred a vacuum for some time.
In the beginning of 2011, owing to a private contact between the business administration of the hospital and Dr. Markus Dongowski, Jin Shin Jyutsu was reintroduced to the renamed Karl-Jaspers-Clinic.
It was arranged to introduce Jin Shin Jyutsu during working hours as part of further internal training for interested nurses as well as employees in physiotherapy. Basic knowledge was to be acquired, putting the nursing crew in a position to have firsthand experience with the application of Jin Shin Jyutsu in the psychiatric field for self-help as well as for nursing intervention on various wards.
We decided to provide an overall view on the basis of Mary Burmeister’s Self-Help books, 1, 2 and 3 for the participants, allowing them to experience Jin Shin Jyutsu in a simple way:
- for oneself
- for patients by offering self-help tips to them
- as nursing intervention
Fourteen interested people registered for the skill enhancement.
The hospital together with the Rafael Publishing Company as well as the German Association for Mary Burmeister, Jin Shin Jyutsu, provided three introductory books by Mary Burmeister to the participants free of charge.
The four Wednesday afternoons were organized in a way starting with an explanation of the physio-philosophical background and was followed by practical experience of Jin Shin Jyutsu. What was studied in the three books varied during the four afternoons.
To be continued…