Jin Shin promotes a pleasant trance-like state, in which one can relax and move out of the head and into the body, accessing feelings and inner wisdom.
It is also known to help ease conditions and symptoms such as:
• Headaches and migraines
• Neck, shoulder and back pain and tension
• Joint pain
• Respiratory problems
• Digestive issues
Jin Shin uses a combination of direct finger pressure on acu-points and mind-body focusing techniques to release tension, promote relaxation, and balance the flow of energy throughout the body.
It emphasizes the Mind-Body-Spirit connection and often results in both a physical and an emotional release. Depending on the client's intention it can be used simply for relaxation and tension release, or as a powerful and profoundly effective tool for transformation.
Jin Shin is founded on the Taoist belief that life energy, or chi (pronounced “chee”), flows along pathways (meridians) throughout the body. When these pathways become blocked, the flow of energy is interrupted and physical and emotional symptoms may result.
Looking through the Eastern lens, the emotions are honoured as servants of the Spirit. Each pair of energy pathways carries a specific emotional energy: Joy, Anger, Grief, Fear, Concern, etc. When we do not honour our feelings and let them guide us, when we hold them back with muscular tension, we also cut off the flow of energy through the pathways, and to the internal organs. Those big tight knots in our shoulders (or back or wherever in the body) are pools of energy that have ceased to flow through the acu-points. By releasing these “tight points of armouring” the natural flow of energy can be restored.
One of the best preventative medicines to avoid tension is simply learning to be aware of our feelings - learning to honour them and give them appropriate expression in the world. In this process, Jin Shin has a balancing and calming effect.
" Healing is the journey. The destination is yourself. The full recognition of all the different aspects of yourself-your joy, your sorrow, your pain, your pleasure-all lead you to the source of who you are. Only by having intimate contact with this source can you experience the fullness of your life. Only by fearlessly looking within can you embrace the landscape of your life and open yourself completely to all the love and compassion that lives inside you."
Practitioners approach each client with compassion, never judging or forcing a release. They listen to the client’s body, allowing it to direct them to areas that need attention and to dictate the pace of the session. The client’s awareness of muscle tension is an essential aspect of treatment, and the emotional processing of such tension is encouraged.
What happens during a session?
Jin Shin is performed with the client lying face-up and fully clothed on a massage table. Although the pressure applied is firm, and sometimes deep, the practitioner ensures the intensity remains at a level that is comfortable for the client.
A Jin Shin session typically begins with an assessment to determine areas of chronic tension (known as armouring) in the client’s body in addition to any emotional aspects they may be facing. The practitioner asks questions, evaluates the client’s pulse, and manually assesses important acu-points.
Depending on tension patterns and the client's intention for the session, specific combinations of acupoints are held for 1-3 minutes at a time until a release of tension is felt.
Prolonged pressure allows clients time to sink deeper into their bodies, sensing the tension and opening up to any feelings, memories, and images that arise.
By means of verbal encouragement, breathing exercises, and visualization, practitioners help the clients become more aware of what is happening in the body.
As different points are held, clients may be encouraged to express how these areas of the body feel and verbally share their experience. This can benefit the psychological release, though sharing is not a necessity. Clients may choose to remain silent and sometimes fall asleep during the session.
Clients often report leaving sessions with an increased sense of awareness and a greater sense of well-being.