A Journey Toward Self-Knowledge and Harmony
by Shari Beckton
Is this another martial arts form? No, it is not. Jin Shin
Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy is an ancient healing art that offers
a simple way to achieve health and balance. It harmonizes
and brings balance to the energy of the body, which promotes
optimal health and well-being. This facilitates our own profound
healing capacity. The actual translation of "Jin Shin
Jyutsu" is, "The Art of the Creator expressed
through a person of compassion and knowing." Mary Burmeister,
author of several texts on this ancient art and a devoted
student of it, believes that Jin Shin Jyutsu is a lifelong
journey toward self-knowledge and harmony.
Jin Shin Jyutsu, which came to Japan via Tibet and China,
originated in a time before Buddha and Moses. In the early
1900s, a man named Jiro Murai devoted fifty years of his life
to uncovering and furthering the study of this ancient healing
art. In early 1942, in Japan, an American woman named Mary
Burmeister met with Jiro Murai. He asked her, "Would
you like to take a gift from Japan to America?" For
Burmeister, that began twelve years of personal study with
him before she returned home. Through correspondence, she
studied another seven years with Murai, right up until his
death in 1961. She did not, however, start practicing Jin
Shin Jyutsu right away. It took another two years before she
actively practiced it. Over the next seventeen years Burmeister
compiled and wrote five text books on this subject which are
being used in classes today.
As Burmeister wrote in one of her texts: "Through Jin
Shin Jyutsu, my awareness is awakened to the simple fact
that all that is needed for harmony and balance with the
– physically, emotionally, and spiritually – is
within myself. Through this awareness, the feeling of complete
peace, serenity, security, the oneness within is evident.
No person, situation, or thing can take these away from
The Truth is that within each of us
lies the power to cast all misery aside
and to KNOW complete
Peace and Oneness –
to BE that beautiful creation
of perfect harmony –
to truly KNOW (help) MYSELF.
— Mary Burmeister
you are familiar with acupuncture and its body points, organ
flows, and vital Chi force, as well as with the principles
of Reiki, then you have a basis for understanding Jin Shin
Jyutsu. Like Reiki, it is a hands-on therapy that can be
by a practitioner or by oneself. Like acupuncture, Jin Shin
Jyutsu is based on the flow of energy through the body. There
are only twenty-six Safety Energy Locks on the body that
as an early warning system. When all the locks are open,
the vital energy flows freely and we are healthy. When energies
start to stagnate in a particular area, we can easily release
them using the Safety Energy Locks. When we abuse ourselves
mentally, emotionally, or physically, through the course
our daily routines, our Safety Energy Locks become engaged.
It could be compared to fuses in the fuse box of your home.
If an outlet is overloaded, it blows the fuse that feeds
outlet, but does not shut down the whole electrical system.
If the fuse is not looked after and you just shift the plugs
to another outlet, it, too, will blow as it becomes overloaded
and the process will continue until it is all shut down.
single fuse blowing is a warning that you have overloaded
the circuitry and attention must be paid to what you are
The same thing applies to your life. These twenty-six Energy
Locks act like those fuses. If enough are blown over a period
of time, disharmonies will occur in your physical, emotional,
or mental well-being. If we heed the friendly warning, we
can instantly help ourselves and prevent further discomfort
or misery. Restoring harmony can be as simple a matter as
applying our hands to unlock particular Energy Locks.
To introduce you to Jin Shin Jyutsu, here is a self-help
technique you can use. It is the Main Central Flow where the
source of our life energy cycles through our body. The energy
moves up the back from the coccyx (tailbone) over the top
of our head and down the front of our body to the pubic bone.
The breath follows this same pattern. So you will be harmonizing
your breath as you do this simple flow on yourself. In harmonizing
this flow daily, you will help yourself to feel centered and
The Main Central
Step 1: Place the fingers of the right hand on top of
the head (where it will remain until step 6). Place the
of the left hand over your forehead between your eyebrows.
Hold for 2–5 minutes.
Step 2: Now move the left figertips on to the tip of
your nose. Hold for 2–5 minutes.
Step 3: Move the left fingertips to the middle of your
sternum (centre of chest between your breasts). Stay there
Step 4: Move the left fingertips to the base of your sternum
(centre of where your ribs start, above the stomach). Hold
for 2–5 minutes.
Step 5: Move the left fingertips to the top of your pubic
bone (above the genitals, centre). Hold for 2–5 minutes.
Step 6: Keep your left fingertips where they are and move
your right fingertips to cover your coccyx (tailbone).
Hold for 2–5 minutes.
Note: The right hand remains on the top of the head while
the left hand moves down the body until the final step.
This gentle art, practiced by placing the fingertips on designated
Saftey Energy Locks, facilitates the reduction of tension
which accumulates through daily living.
In a typical session, lasting about one hour, a practitioner
would place her or his hands on the fully clothed body in
a pattern, or flow, using a variety of the twenty-six Saftey
Energy Locks. Each person's experience will be unique
to them; however, the common experience for all is deep relaxation.
This allows the body an opportunity to regenerate itself.
A Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner is not the "do-er"
– she or he simply assists in the flow of an infinte
supply of universal energy. The practitioner's energy
is not transferred to the person receiving the treatment,
nor is the practitioner taking energy from that person. The
universal life force is at work. The hands are used like jumper
cables, allowing the energy to be moved through the Energy
Locks in much the same way that jumper cables recharge a car's
Can Jin Shin Jyutsu be practised by anyone? Yes. Each person
has, within themselves, the innate ability to practice this
healing art. It is a natural skill that we simply need to
remember and utilize in order to bring harmony, of body, mind
and spirit, back into our daily lives. Self help classes are
being offered right now in Saskatoon. It is taught all over
the world and for the first time, in July 2005, there will
be a five-day class held in Saskatoon.
References: The Touch of
Healing by Alice Burmeister with
Tom Monte, Bantam Books, 1997 ISBN: 0-553-37784-1; and website:
Shari Beckton, a Registered Massage Therapist living in
Saskatoon, is currently the only practitioner of Jin Shin
in Saskatchewan. She travelled from coast to coast to complete
her study in this teaching. She has an active massage therapy
business in Saskatoon and Delisle. Starting January 14 self-help
classes in Jin Shin Jyutsu are being offered on an ongoing
basis in Saskatoon on Wednesday evenings 7–9:30 pm.
To contact Shari, phone (306) 665-8152 or (306) 230-5997,