The origins of Jin Shin Jyutsu are not known. It’s a style of acupressure that was passed down verbally in ancient times from one generation to the next. It may have originated in India and may actually be a precursor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
After falling into relative obscurity, it was revived in the early 1900’s by Master Jiro Murai of Japan. He taught the work to Mary Burmeister, who brought it to the United States in the 1950’s.
A description of Jin Shin Jyutsu would sound very similar to other forms of acupressure — balancing energy, stimulating the body’s ability to heal, relieving stress, and promoting relaxation. And yet it is a uniquely powerful practice. People usually learn of Jin Shin Jyutsu by word of mouth, when someone who has had a positive and dramatic experience of the work recommends it to a friend.
Jin Shin Jyutsu is often used as a complement to conventional healing methods. One of its great advantages is that the recipient can easily learn self-help techniques that supplement sessions from a practitioner.
The three Mary Burmeister books listed below (Introducing Jin Shin Jyutsu I, II, and III) are available from the Jin Shin Jyutsu.com site. East West Books in Mountain View often has them in stock and, if not, can order them for you.
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