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More about Triglycerides and Jin Shin Jyutsu, Part 2

On 8/29/16 – in the Jin Shin Jyutsu category – I posted an article written by Corliss Chan in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 47, Winter 2005. The title of that article is Triglycerides and Cholesterol meet Jin Shin Jyutsu.

In the following issue, Number 48, Spring 2005, Corliss writes a subsequent article with comments from her client, Henry. Those articles follow:


…Comments from Henry about Jin Shin Jyutsu

My Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions with Corliss helped me get and stay disciplined with regard to food intake, exercise, and improved my mental and physical health in a variety of ways. First of all, the sessions are extremely relaxing for me, whatever the procedures Corliss uses on a given day. That relaxation extends to my mental condition before the session, in that I look forward to the session and know it will give me relief, and therefore my cravings for foods that would be tempting me  as giving immediate relief are greatly reduced. In addition, on the days I have my sessions I feel greater freedom to exercise extensively prior to the session, because I know the session is coming up and Corliss will help me deal with any pains that come up.

The relaxation and techniques of the sessions extend to my regular time and activities. Corliss is an excellent coach in showing me techniques that are helpful to do on my own. On top of that, I have developed almost intuitive ideas of how to help a given problem by my observation of how Corliss listens to my complaints and translates that into a session and how I felt.

I try to live a life of discipline and pleasure, finding that the two work together very importantly. That is not to say that I don’t go “off the track” on occasion, especially with regard to some tasty meal served at an excellent restaurant, or when I’ve had an especially challenging day. But most of the time during the session under discussion, and continuing to the present day, I have a written diet plan that I stick with pretty carefully. Also, with regard to restaurants, I have learned to request to have the food prepared exactly the way I want. For example, at my favorite Chinese restaurants, I ask that my food be steamed only, with no other additive. And at my favorite German restaurant, I ask for double vegetables, no starch and usually have a fresh fish entree. All of the food tastes great.

I do keep a daily count of my calories, and I am very concerned that my diet is balanced with all types of good and necessary foods. Again, some days I go off the wagon, but the daily listing of what I have eaten (I keep it on my computer in an easy-to-access document) helps show me where I have gone off, and how badly in terms of calories.

My primary challenge in terms of eating correctly and exercising sufficiently is keeping my mind calm, my anxiety level as low as possible, and my faith and optimism as high as possible. When I get tense, I am tempted by richer foods which seem to offer temporary comfort; but in the long run, too much of them makes me feel much worse physically and mentally. Jin Shin Jyutsu helps me deal with this, from the concepts Corliss shares with me, which are often based on the relationship of mind and body. These concepts are quite consistent with my religious beliefs.

It took me about two weeks to get the routine down the first time Corliss and I set out to make these changes. My weight steadily went down, and my energy steadily went up, when I kept on the diet. Once I get into a good food and exercise habit, I tend to stay there. And now, having these nice results with my work with Corliss, I find myself working to quickly get back on track when I have strayed or lapsed a bit.

Editor’s note: Corliss sent us copies of Henry’s lab results. Indeed, his triglycerides were 829 mg/dL on February 10, 2003, and at the next test on June 9, 2003, the level was measured at 575 mg/dL. On November 24, 2004, Henry’s lab results showed his triglycerides at 125 mg/dL. “Excellent”, was his doctor’s remark. Congratulations, Henry!

Thank you, Corliss.

Thank you, Henry.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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More about Triglycerides and Jin Shin Jyutsu, Part 1

On 8/29/16 – in the Jin Shin Jyutsu category – I posted an article written by Corliss Chan in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 47, Winter 2005. The title of that article is Triglycerides and Cholesterol meet Jin Shin Jyutsu.

In the following issue, Number 48, Spring 2005, Corliss writes a subsequent article with comments from her client, Henry. Those articles follow:


More about Triglycerides and Jin Shin Jyutsu

Last issue’s article about Henry tells a story of declining triglycerides, cholesterol, blood pressure, and weight during 3 months of Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions. Not all projects harmonize in such a dramatic or rapid way.

My focus with Henry was on helping reduce stress and lower his triglyceride level. I continually went to Texts 1 and 2 to understand the nature of his stress so he could manage cravings for sugar and fat. I listened to Henry talk about his lifestyle to understand how sugar and fat could be craved and when they might be tempting. I listened to his pulses and looked to his body for information. I did not know whether Jin Shin Jyutsu would help his project when we started. Henry and I had a plan of using Jin Shin Jyutsu, daily exercise, and relaxation. I felt if his project at least showed some improvement in the next blood test he might be successful in getting his doctor to delay the use of prescription drugs. This was very important to him.

As mentioned in the first article, he received a 23, 25 flow almost every week. During some sessions he asked me to focus on headaches, abdominal projects, or back pain he was experiencing. When I looked at the Lumbar Circle, it seemed to me the 1st and 3rd Depths were dis-harmonizing the 4th Depth. The challenge was to find the harmonizers. Three organ flows were very useful in unburdening the 4th Depth. The Stomach (descending 1st Depth Face Flow), Liver (ascending 3rd Depth Toe Flow) and Gall Bladder Flows (descending 3rd Depth Face Flow) seemed consistently effective in relieving the strain of headaches, digestion difficulty, and too much mental activity.  The relief also reduced his feelings of stress and cravings for high fat and sugar foods. The left Second Method of Correction (4th and 5th Depth helper), which is like a short Supervisor Flow, was also good for clearing his front and back projects and to harmonize thinking.

During the 3 months before his lab test, it was a challenge not knowing what is current triglyceride levels were. Were the flows used helping Henry’s project? I did notice his gradual weight loss and how deeply relaxed he became during sessions. We were both encouraged when he grew less interested in foods with high fat and sugar content. These changes were beneficial to his health regardless of the lab test results. I continued with my weekly sessions and kept my mind off the upcoming lab test. I did my best and let go of the outcome. As a student of Jin Shin Jyutsu I find there are so many flows to choose from during a session and it’s not always clear to me what to do. With each session I was open to receiving guidance from the Creator on how to proceed.

Henry is an exceptional case. He continues to follow disciplined diet and lifestyle habits to support his lowered triglyceride and cholesterol levels. I am grateful to have shared and learned from Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions with him.

To be continued…

Jin Shin Jyutsu and Cowboys and Buckin’ Horses

Nancyann Jardine  wrote an article for The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 48, Spring 2005, that, sadly,  is reprinted here posthumously:


Jin Shin Jyutsu and Cowboys and Buckin’ Horses

The words Smile and Fun appear many times in Self-Help Book III, “Introducing Jin Shin Jyutsu, Fun with Fingers and Toes.” Take note that the word fun appears on the cover. When I was first introduced to Jin Shin Jyutsu, during my first few sessions and attempts at self-help all I could think of was “WOW! This is fun!” Then I began to attend the seminars and thought maybe I should be more serious about this Art that is so powerful and awesome. So I tried to become more dignified and solemn until my 4th seminar with Wayne Hackett. Wayne, in his enthusiastic manner, said, “Folks, if you are going to practice Jin Shin Jyutsu, have fun doing it.” So with that, fun was OK, and I immediately went back to having fun.

Book III, page 1 contains the word FUN 2 times and SMILE 4 times and also the words joy, laughter and happiness. How lucky can you be – doing something you enjoy doing and having fun and smiling while you are doing it! So now I always have fun while practicing Jin Shin Jyutsu and encourage my clients to enjoy while receiving.

One Saturday afternoon my friend Bev called on her cell phone from the local fairgrounds. She was watching her grandson Collin perform in the district high school rodeo. Collin was entered in bareback riding, bull dogging and roping. Like most kids raised on a Montana ranch, he was riding horses when he started to walk. Now he was an enthusiastic rodeo contestant. Bev said Collin had been bucked off and had a lot of back pain and asked if I would give him a Jin Shin Jyutsu session. I suggested they take him to the hospital first. She said the rodeo medics had checked him out, and nothing was broken, and he didn’t want to go to the hospital. His dad tried to get a chiropractor to help him but none were in town for the weekend.

I told her if he was willing so was I, and to bring him over. She soon arrived with Collin. He came into the house hunched over and walking as though he had been riding “broncs” for 40 years. He very gingerly pried his boots off one at a time. It took Bev and me both to help him get up on the table.

Since this was his first session, I started with the 1 Flow, a great get acquainted flow, and as I worked through the flow, I explained what I was doing. He listened with interest and asked intelligent questions. He said, “I can’t believe I got bucked off! I’ve never been bucked off in my whole life, and got bucked off twice this week – once at practice and again at the rodeo today.” I told Collin everything happens to teach us something and asked him what he had learned. He said, “I should have hung on tighter!” I didn’t dare laugh, but I did SMILE. Collin began to relax and soon fell asleep. I continued on doing the 3rd and 2nd Method of Correction to help the back and get rid of the pain.

Toward the end of the session he woke up and asked if he would be able to ride the next day. Bareback riding started at 9 a.m. and he wanted to perform. I responded that would depend on how he felt and what his parents had to say. I suggested that he go home, have a soak in the tub and go to bed. Collin answered that he might do the tub, but he couldn’t go to bed as the rodeo dance was that night, and he planned to go. I asked if he was taking someone special. No, he said, he and his friends were just going to drive around and pick up girls. It has been a very long time since I was 17, and I had forgotten about the important things in life.

The hour was up, and his grandmother arrived to take him home. He needed a little help to get up, but was able to bend over and pull on his boots. He stood up a little straighter, pulled on his cowboy hat and was on his way to the “after rodeo social life”. While driving home he asked his grandmother if she thought I had done anything that would hurt his rodeo performance the next day. She assured him no harm was done and that it would only help.

The next day Collin’s grandfather stopped by and said, “Nancy, you did a good job on Collin. He dogged his steer and roped his calf.” His parents said no bareback riding. Needless to say he did attend the rodeo dance, and I’m sure he checked out all the pretty cowgirls.

Again, I had FUN sharing Jin Shin Jyutsu and having my memory jogged about the enthusiasm and energy of being 17 years old.

Thank you, Nancyann.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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Jin Shin Jyutsu for Bowel and Bladder Incontinence

Ricki Pollycove, M.D.  (Gynecology and Women’s Health) presents an article in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 48, Spring 2005, about the effect of Jin Shin Jyutsu Therapy for Bowel and Bladder Incontinence:


Witness to a Remarkable Healing and Restoration ~ Bowel and Bladder Incontinence and Jin Shin Jyutsu Therapy

Dr. Ricki Pollycove specializes in women’s health and integrative medicine at California Pacific Medical Center. She is the co-author of Mother Nurture, A Mother’s Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships (Penguin Books). Dr. Pollycove lectures regularly at physician conferences and has been a frequent guest on television specials. Many of our readers might like to get her wonderful book. ~ Pennie Sempell

Transcendent experiences may be mental, physical or a combination of both. This remarkable restoration of function and control happened as a result of a comprehensive form of touch therapy called Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) provided in my office setting by Pennie Sempell, an experienced practitioner of JSJ, guided imagery and massage.

In December 1999, I first met MMK as a new patient, for routine gynecologic consultation and menopause management. She was a remarkably vigorous 77 year old physician, still consulting in medico-legal matters, actively pursuing arts and cultural activities, traveling with her husband of 49 years, despite a diagnosis of Parkinson’s at age 64. Following a severe urinary tract infection some time later, her borderline urine control became inadequate. She had lost rectal sphincter control as well. This was devastating as she and her husband still enjoyed an active lifestyle. She used incontinence pads and self-administered enema every morning to keep her rectum as empty as possible.

Two pelvic floor specialists recommended a complex surgical procedure, and MMK faced the dilemma of maybe improving her sphincter control but possibly never regaining full ambulatory function, having required over 6 months of physical therapy to walk with a cane after prolonged general anesthesia for back surgery four years before. My suggestion was to try something that could do no harm – Jin Shin Jyutsu. Pennie Sempell has worked closely with my patients for many years.  Remarkable outcomes had become routine in our collaborations. MMK was skeptical but willing to try a non-Western approach.

One week after the first JSJ session MMK reported with surprise having had one normal bowel movement. After 3 weekly sessions she reported bowel continence continuously for 14 days. She was stunned by the progress. Restoration of sphincter control continued and remained adequate 30 months later, eliminating all need for incontinence pads for bowel functions. In addition, urine control significantly improved and maintained improvement, with a 50% reduction in the use of pads. MMK faithfully practiced daily JSJ self-care exercises and currently receives treatments on a once monthly (or less frequent) basis. MMK at age 82 is vigorous in all domains of her life. She also has completed a life path of self-care series of workshops with the Institute for Health and Healing that helped her memory, balance, stamina and overall positive disposition.

Thank you, Dr. Pollycove.

Thank you, Pennie.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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Note: it has been my observation and experience that the key to a successful outcome is daily self-help. In this way I help my body heal and restore itself.


How did you decide to practice Jin Shin Jyutsu?

Denise Chasin,  of Barnesville, Maryland, tells us how she decided to practice Jin Shin Jyutsu in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 46, Fall 2004…do you remember your reason to learn this healing Art? Write to me, tell me, I can share your story with all the readers from over 123 countries in the world!


There are times in one’s life when you decide to do something without any thought. You don’t question if it is the “right” thing to do, you don’t spend time wondering, should I or shouldn’t I. I have had several of those moments in my life…marrying my husband, having children, buying our house, and hiring our band for our wedding. (My husband and I hired a band without ever hearing them play..we just knew!) Studying and practicing Jin Shin Jyutsu can be added to this list.

Almost two years ago, my family and I lived through a heart wrenching tragedy. My father passed away unexpectedly. On Friday, September 13th, 2003, my father fell in his kitchen and suffered from a severe brain injury. After many hours of brain surgery, he never woke up. He spent the next 8 weeks in various degrees of a coma before he made his final transition. During this time, Susan Schwartz appeared in my life. I never really understood how she appeared or where she came from. She was just there!

For the next 8 weeks, Susan visited us regularly in the hospital. Her visits were always calming for both my father and family. Her presence always meant there was hope and comfort. We could see my father’s tension leave his body as Susan worked. Before she would leave every day, Susan always had time just to be with us in the waiting room. She left us feeling calm and centered. Susan knew that I was studying various healing therapies for horses. She suggested I consider studying Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Before my father passed away, I had marked the dates in my calendar for the next 5-day Jin Shin Jyutsu class. Here I am, almost two years later. I am about to take my third Jin Shin Jyutsu class in April, and my husband and I are in the process of building a 2,000 square foot barn to provide rehabilitation services for horses. In the front of the barn is a beautiful studio for me to practice Jin Shin Jyutsu on people. I always thought I would only work with horses, but through Jin Shin Jyutsu I have found an art that I am comfortable with for the human species. I really enjoy working with both the horses and their owners.

Many people ask me how I decided to practice Jin Shin Jyutsu. When I share this story, they often assume that my Dad lived. When I tell them that he passed away, they look confused. Some say, “So Jin Shin Jyutsu didn’t work?” This usually leads me to chuckle. If my father had lived, the quality of his life would not have been to his linking. I believe Jin Shin Jyutsu helped my father follow his path. What a wonderful gift!

Thank you, Denise.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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A Poem by Susie Plettner

Susie Plettner submits her poem, written on October 19, 2004, to share with us in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 46, Fall 2004:


Rain hits adobe tiled roof, breaks into humming and falls in an unbroken line towards the wild anise below.

I found the experienced breath in my hands. The shapes and sounds of eternity held within the open palm, I am fluent in the language of touch.

May I reach to wash your heart with laughter and heal the chaos within? We become still when we receive eternity.

A community of lullabies awakes within the body. Tree branches reach toward heaven as our roots kneel down to kiss the earth.

Leaves let go to caress the wind. We close our eyes to release the sweet summer smile of the mind.

When tears fall one thousand wishes scatter. I exhale and listen to the push of my breath pull me into this moment. The Healer is we and we are the Healer.

As we brew and drink from the tea of inquiry, we surrender our personal consciousness to the direction of universal mind and remember this:

We belong to the universe and we are strong enough for peace.


Thank you, Susie.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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My First Jin Shin Jyutsu Experiences

Ingrid Dammalage-Kirst shares “My First Jin Shin Jyutsu Experiences” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 46, Fall 2004:


A friend in Heidelberg told me about a self-help class she took from Birgitta Meinhardt and about The Touch of Healing. My curiosity was aroused from listening to her Jin Shin Jyutsu experience. Two days later in Berlin while visiting with a cousin during dinner, a familiar and unbearable toothache developed. I had periodic gum inflammations and nine months earlier had lost 4 teeth within one week. I really did not want this to happen again. So after our dinner I purchased a copy of The Touch of Healing in a bookstore near the restaurant. I glimpsed through the book and discovered, “for toothache hold your opposite index finger.” I decided, if it should be as easy as this, then I would spend a little longer on it, and I held my index finger for 3 hours, while reading the book.

I was fascinated and made a first deep sigh when I read that the energy Jin Shin Jyutsu is working with is open to us all. This confirmed something I KNEW before, and I felt at home and in the right place with this information and the way it came to me. Needless to say, when I woke up the next morning, all evidence of my toothache had gone. Not only did it never come back, my dentist started to wonder why my gums were holding my teeth tighter again.

Two months later, I participated in my first 5-day class, held by Matthias, and a second class with him 6 weeks later.

Only a few days after my second class, an aunt of mine called me in panic, because she was diagnosed with fungus in the gullet, cancer in the thyroid, and 3 big gastric ulcers, which the doctors suspected were cancerous. Although I had practiced self-help every day since my first experience and had participated in two 5-day classes, I felt like a complete beginner with Jin Shin Jyutsu. Now life presented me the challenge to go a step further and practice Jin Shin Jyutsu on my aunt. I spent a week of holidays with her before she had to go to the hospital.

Shortly after my arrival, she was stung by a bee. In previous experiences, her body had shown some heavy allergic reactions to bee stings. I removed the stinger, had her sit down and hold her index finger, and I put my hands on her calves for about an hour. While talking to her, she calmed down a little, and she could not believe that there was no swelling or other adverse effect.

For the next 5 days she received two sessions per day. Once a day I gave her a Spleen Flow, and I chose the second flow from listening to her pulses.

The morning after I returned home, she went to the hospital, and at noon she called me. In the first check-up, the doctors could not find any fungus, and there was such improvement from the gastric ulcers that they assured her that cancer was no longer a suspicion. So she only had surgery on the thyroid.

For me it was like magic, and I knew I had not been doing anything but faithfully putting my hands on in certain sequences. My journey with Jin Shin Jyutsu started with these two outstanding experiences and it still goes on.

Thank you, Ingrid.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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