Jin Shin Do®:Bodymind Acupressure®

“Jin Shin Do” means “The Way of the Compassionate Spirit.” Jin Shin Do®: Bodymind Acupressure® classes teach the use of 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 acupuncture and acupressure theory**, Taoist philosophy, Qigong (breathing and 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 Marsaa Teeguarden, JSD Acupressure 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.

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.

Richa Eland is a Registered Jin Shin Do® Acupressurist & Authorized Jin Shin Do® Teacher. Her Athens, OH practice is open to women of all ages, their partner and children.

How is this approach useful to my health and healing?

So often we spend the entire day in our minds. Once the body is adorned, we may never really notice the body unless it is an inconvenience such as needing sleep, food, elimination, rest or an injury occurs.

The tension, stress and trauma that accumulates in our lives, is stored, not only as memory but often as muscle tension. In JSD, this muscle tension is referred to as armoring. When armoring goes on without recognition and release, we come to habitually tight areas in the body and symptoms occur.

JSD, like acupuncture, considers and aids the flow of energy in channels through-out the body: creative enhancement, peace, joy, rest/sleep and muscle relaxation often occur.

What is a session like?

The recipient remains fully clothed and rests on their back, on a massage table. JSD acupressure uses the same points as acupuncture. However, acupressure technique is accomplished with finger tip pressure. The amount of pressure is determined by the comfort of the recipient in the area of any chosen points. Always, always the touch is respectful and non invasive.

The practitioner touches (holds) two or more points at a time on the recipient. As the flow of energy moves between these points, the bodymind relaxes and the practitioner moves on to another set of points. The effects are deep relaxation and all the benefits one attributes to that state. It is perfectly natural and acceptable for a recipient to take a brief nap as the practitioner continues.

In the course of a one hour to one and a half hour session, the practitioner may ask the recipient to breath more deeply or from one point to another, and in this manner the recipients participate in their own session.

It is not uncommon for new ideas, insight, laughter and even tears to accompany such a deep relaxation. You are free to speak of or not to speak of your process. The practitioner is not a therapist. The practitioner is there only to support your own process and act as a reflective listener.

After a session or so, the practitioner may suggest some stretches or exercises designed to loosen the area or areas that hold tension in your body.

How often should I return?

Many people return weekly, while some return monthly. Still others come on an “as needed” basis. How often you receive JSD will depend on how often you need release.