HomeAboutJin Shin Do®SessionsClassesPractitioner trainingCalendarFYIContact Us

About Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®:

"Jin Shin Do” means “The Way of the Compassionate Spirit.” Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® uses gentle yet deep finger pressure on specific acu-points and verbal Body Focusing techniques, to help release “armoring” or chronic tension, balance the “Qi” or energy, and improve vitality. This clothes-on method helps relieve stress and trauma- related problems. A unique synthesis of a traditional Japanese acupressure technique, classic Chinese acu-theory, Taoist philosophy, Qigong (breathing & exercise techniques), Reichian segmental theory and principles of Ericksonian psychotherapy, it is recognized as a major form of Asian Bodywork Therapy (by NCCAOM & AOBTA among others). Originated by psychotherapist Iona Teeguarden, JSD promotes a pleasant trancelike state, in which one can relax and move out of the head and into the body, accessing feelings and inner wisdom.

For a detailed description of Jin Shin Do® principles and classes, please go to www.jinshindo.org.
BLUE HERON JOURNEYS     Gail Kellstrom     914-232-5754     gkellstrom22@gmail.com
Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®     ●    Classes/Lectures-Demos    ●    Wellness

Jin Shin Do® Acupressure is not intended for the diagnosis, treatment or cure of disease. It is a relaxation therapy, and a useful adjunct to licensed, qualified medical or psychological care. For any persistent pain or symptom, even a seemingly minor one, the reader is strongly encouraged to consult a medical doctor. When used in conjunction with standard medical treatment, the Jin Shin Do® Acupressure technique can assist the healing process by releasing tension, decreasing stress and encouraging a sense of increased well-being.

What is a Jin Shin Do® session like?

The client remains clothed and lies on his/her back on a comfortable
 massage table. The Jin Shin Do® acupressurist will assess the
 condition of the client by asking:
 • about the client’s objective for the session and relevant medical history
 • taking energy pulses  
 • palpating acu-points
 • asking questions to further identify areas asking for attention

The experience is generally that sensitivity at the points is soon replaced by a pleasurable feeling of release. The work is characterized by non-invasiveness, with gentle yet firm pressure on the acupoints. Usually the session begins with the Jin Shin Do® neck release which helps to relax the client and to open the channels of awareness and communication. Successive “local” acupoints are held in tense or painful areas together with related “distal” points which help the tension to release more easily, deeply and pleasantly. As the session progresses, the client may be gently supported in an awareness of the shifting conditions of the energy pathways and muscles. The acupressurist may suggest breathing and/or focused attention on a particular point or area. As the client focuses of the body, sensations, messages or images may arise which s/he may wish to explore with the help of the acupressurist. At some point, the client may fall into a refreshing near-sleep as the release process proceeds. The session usually ends with another neck and shoulder release, some points along the central channel for centering, and a short foot massage for grounding. Afterwards, the client typically feels relaxed, less tension and even energized after a session. There is often an increased sense of well-being and vitality.  

What are the benefits of Jin Shin Do® ?

  Jin Shin Do® raises the recipient’s awareness of Qi-blocking tension and chronic holding patterns, both emotional and physical. As the flow of Qi (life force energy) increases, it can promote healing in the affected areas and create a whole-body sense of physical ease and harmony. Jin Shin Do® has been used to relieve common conditions, including neck, shoulder and back tension/pain, joint problems, fatigue, headaches, digestive woes, chest and respiratory difficulties, insomnia, menstrual/menopausal difficulties, pelvic tension, muscular and emotional stress and tension.