Jin Shin Jyutsu: The Japanese Art of Light Touch

Jin Shin Jyutsu: The Japanese Art of Light Touch

Have you ever wondered why when we are in pain we unconsciously touch or press that area? If you have, then Jin Shin Jyutsu might be able to explain your curiosity.

Jin Shin Jyutsu: The Ancient Art of Healing

“Jin Shin Jyutsu” is the Japanese art of healing that originated thousands of years ago. The art concerns that energy naturally flows throughout our body for organs to function properly. The word itself is derived from the Japanese Language.

JIN means the man of knowing and compassion;

SHIN means creator and;

JYUTSU means art

Thus, the word literally means the art of Creator through man of knowing and compassion

Jin Shin Jyutsu is similar to but not exactly like reflexology. This healing does not even put pressure on your skin but just a little soft touch to balance and transfer energy within your body. The theory state that 26 points in our body can interrupt the energy flow. The therapist applying this technique detects the energy inconsistency and touches 2 of the energy points to act as a bridge to transmit energy from one point to another so that the flow can return to its normal state.


Originally, this form of art existed over 3,000 years ago around the tody Thibet and China, even long before Buddhism. This healing was passed down through generations. In the 1900s Jiro Murai, a Japanese philosopher, discovered this healing art in a hard way. At that time he was around 26 and was severely ill that he thought he could never recover. Mr. Jiro told his relatives to send him to a mountain peak for him to meditate for 7 days before coming back to retrieve his body. During the first 6 days of meditation, his body was in freezing cold. However, on the last day, he felt the rising heat inside his body and passed out. Upon waking up, he realized he was fully recovered.

Jiro Murai(1886­-1960)
Jiro Murai(1886­-1960)

After that, Mr. Jiro spent over 34 years studying and meditating until he discovered the energy within his body and that was when he named this art form as it is today. Mary Ino Burmeister was one of his renowned disciplines as she was African-Japanese who came to learn with him for 5 years in Japan during the 1940s.

Nowadays, Jin Shin Jyutsu becomes popular and accepted worldwide. UK HealthCare applies this treatment to patients since 2011 and is now one of the essential tools for treating patients both physically and mentally. Moreover, in 2013, Markey Research Day received a scholarship for further study in Jin Shin Jyutsu.


How to perform easy Jin Shin Jyutsu with your own hands

Simple Jin Shin Jyutsu within your hands
Simple Jin Shin Jyutsu within your hands

As mentioned above, each organ consists of energy that flows throughout our body. Holding each finger 4-5 minutes with deep breathing can help the energy flow to run more smoothly and benefits our body as follow:

Thumb: reduce stress level and worries

Index finger: help the urinary system, especially kidneys. It also reduce muscle pains and the feeling of fear.

Middle finger: help the blood circulation system which can ease the feeling of fatigue.

Ring finger: help the digestive system and also helps with sadness.

Pinky finger: help the blood flows to the nervous system making you feel calm and relaxed.

For another thing, pressing your thumb at the middle of your palm can help balance your whole body and also help well with being nauseous.