What to Expect

Jin Shin Jyutsu is a gentle Art where practitioners learn to recognize the wisdom of the body and to interpret the messages provided, utilizing them to restore balance. The client is fully clothed, usually lying on her/his back on a massage table. It does not involve massage, manipulation of muscles, or use of drugs or substances to harmonize and restore the energy flow. To begin a session, the practitioner will listen to the pulses at the wrists for signs of the energy flowing, noting where the energy is depleted or in excess.

Energy Pathways

Jin Shin Jyutsu employs twenty-six safety energy locks on each side of the body along energy pathways that feed life into our bodies. When one or more of the paths become blocked, the resulting stagnation can disrupt the local area and eventually disharmonize the complete paths of energy flow. Holding these energy locks in combination can bring balance to body, mind and spirit. The hands are placed on the safety energy locks in specific sequences as the practitioner, the conduit, brings the energy from the universe to help the client’s body harmonize and heal. We can imagine this as using the hands as jumper cables to unblock the flow of energy and “jump start” the body’s energy flows.

A Typical Session

A typical session generally lasts about 45 minutes to an hour. The practitioner will select several flows, based on pulse listening, observation of the body and what the client says along with an intention to be present with the client and assist with healing. The session will help reduce tension and stress, which accumulate through normal daily living.

Normally, clients report a deep relaxation at the end of a session and a sense of peace. There is also a feeling of being energized, centered and able to focus more clearly on thoughts. Jin Shin Jyutsu works over 8 hours.

Symptom Relief

After one or more treatments clients may find their symptoms are gone. However, the changes after a session are often very subtle, and may not be completely recognized by the client. The client usually has an improved sense of well-being and peace. Clients wishing to note changes may want to keep a journal of how they feel and any changes in bothersome signs and symptoms of their illness or stress.

With subsequent treatments, the client enters the relaxed state more quickly, as the body comes to recognize the flow of energy as it harmonizes. The effects of treatments are cumulative. As the energy begins to find the proper flows past blockages, the initial symptoms are usually decreased.

Self-Healing Treatment

The client is encouraged to enhance treatment with self-help exercises to assist with healing.


Clients may come for one treatment or several initially. For most issues, 5-6 treatments initially are recommended, as the benefits are cumulative. Some require continued frequent treatments for serious or chronic issues. Others may decide to continue weekly, monthly or when they feel their body or sense of well-being is out of harmony.