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Jin Shin Jyutsu Exercises for Self Help

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In this article you will learn how to do Jin Shin Jyutsu exercises for general health.

It includes an introduction to Jin Shin Jyutsu theory and is a good first step for becoming a self help Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner.

Jin Shin Jyutsu Exercises Contents

What is Jin Shin Jyutsu?

Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient form of touch therapy. It is gentle and you can do it at a basic level with no formal training. 

Learning how to do Jin Shin Jyustu is as easy as placing your hands on certain spots of the body (SEL’s). Doing this helps to unblock stagnant energy, i.e., life-force.

Jin Shin Jyutsu Safety Energy Locks and Flows

Blood uses arteries and veins to get to different parts of the body. Life force also follows specific (although different) channels. These channels are “flows”.

There are 12 organ flows, called “function energy’s”. For example, the “Spleen Flow” is the “Spleen Function Energy.”

There are also 3 main harmonizing flows. The Main Central Flow and the 2 Supervisor Flows. Together, these 3 main flows are the Trinity Flows.

Safety Energy Locks (SEL’s) are like fuses which allow energy (life force) to flow free. If one shuts down, energy will pool and stagnate creating disharmony.

When energy becomes stuck in any area, you can free it by applying your hands on Jin Shin Jyutsu points (SEL’s) to open them.

Applying Jin Shin Jyutsu Sequences

Jin Shin Jyutsu isn’t massage, but you can do it while giving a massage. In fact, there are no set rules to Jin Shin Jyutsu. It is very much an art. Do it in how feels right for you.

Saying that, there is a consensus of the best way to do Jin Shin Jyutsu for beginners. 

Place your hands/fingers on the SEL’s for at about 2 minutes or until you feel your pulses align. You may also feel a sense of calmness.

You can skip any position that is too uncomfortable to reach. Go to the next position in the sequence.

You can also use positions and/or full Jin Shin Jyutsu massage sequences on their own, e.g., when a specific problem arises.  

Accuracy in where you place your hands/fingers is not strict. Your touch will be effective within a 3-inch radius of the exact point described.

You can do sequences from a seated position or lie down. You can also apply them to other people.

Jin Shin Jyutsu Main Central Flow

The Jin Shin Jyutsu main central flow is the most important energy flow stream in the body. All other flows connect and draw energy from this flow. It is the flow of life.

There are 8 Jin Shin Jyutsu positions in the main central energy flow.

  1. Right hand on top of your head, left fingers on your 3rd eye.
  2. Right hand on top of your head, left fingers on tip of nose.
  3. Right hand on top of your head, left fingers on V of neck.
  4. Right hand on top of your head, left fingers below the 3rd rib, at the middle of the breastbone.
  5. Right hand on top of your head, left fingers on base of the breastbone, at solar plexus.
  6. Right hand on top of your head, left fingers one inch above belly button.
  7. Right hand on top of your head, left fingers to the top of pubic bone.
  8. Right hand to your coccyx, left fingers to the top of pubic bone.

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Jin Shin Jyutsu Diagonal Mediator Flow

In Jin Shin Jyutsu there are 2 diagonal flows, one for each side of the body. They make diagonal ovals across the body. This connects all the flows with the primary energy source, the Main Central Flow.

Do this on both sides of your body.

  • Make a circle with your left thumb and left ring finger. Place the pad of your thumb over the fingernail of your finger.
  • Put your right hand over your left shoulder.
  • Bring your knees together so they touch on the inside. You could also place the sole of your right foot on the inner side of your left knee instead.

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Jin Shin Jyutsu Spleen Flow

The Jin Shin Jyutsu Spleen Flow improves blood chemistry, digestive function, and problems in the nervous system. It also helps with vitality and white cell blood count. 

The proper name for the Spleen Flow in Jin Shin Jyutsu is the Spleen Function Energy Sequence.

There are 4 positions in the spleen function energy sequence. Do it on both sides of your body.

  1. Left hand on your coccyx. Right hand on the inside of your right ankle bone towards your heel (right SEL 5).
  2. Left hand on your coccyx. Right hand on the base of the center of the left rib cage (left SEL 14).
  3. Left hand below your right third rib (right SEL 13). Right hand on the base of the center of your left rib cage (left SEL 14).
  4. Left hand below the center of your left collarbone (to left SEL 22). Right hand on the base of the center of your left rib cage (left SEL 14).

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Jin Shin Jyutsu Stomach Flow

This Jin Shin Jyutsu flow sequence improves congestion above the waist (such as bloat), mental stress, weight issues, and worry. 

The official name of the Jin Shin Jyustu Stomach Flow is the Stomach Function Energy Sequence.

There are 7 positions in the stomach function energy sequence. Do the sequence on both sides of your body.

  1. Right fingers at the base of your left cheekbone (left SEL 21). Left fingers on the center of your left collarbone (left SEL 22).
  2. Right fingers at the base of your left cheekbone (left SEL 21). Left fingers at the base of the center of your right front rib cage (left SEL 14).
  3. Right fingers at the base of your left cheekbone (left SEL 21). Left fingers at the small of your back (right SEL 23).
  4. Right fingers at the base of your left cheekbone (left SEL 21). Left fingers at the base of the center of your left front rib cage (to left SEL 14).
  5. Right fingers at the base of your left cheekbone (left SEL 21). Left fingers on your right inner thigh, about 3 inches above your right knee (right SEL High 1).
  6. Right fingers at the base of your left cheekbone (left SEL 21). Left fingers on your right calf, about midway between the outside of your knee and ankle. A little off your shinbone (right SEL Low 8).
  7. Right fingers at the base of your left cheekbone (left SEL 21). Hold your right middle toe with your left thumb and any finger.

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Jin Shin Jyutsu Bladder Flow

The Jin Shin Jyutsu Bladder Flow sequence improves back stress, elimination processes of the body, and headaches. 
It also helps with muscle and leg discomfort.

There are 4 positions in the bladder function energy sequence. Do the sequence on both sides of your body.

  1. Right fingers on the side of your neck between your left ear and spine (left SEL 12). Left hand on your coccyx.
  2. Right fingers on the side of your neck between your left ear and spine (left SEL 12). Left hand on the bend in the back of your left knee.
  3. Right fingers on the side of your neck between your left ear and spine (left SEL 12). Left hand on the outside of your left ankle, below the left ankle bone (left SEL 16).
  4. Right fingers on the side of your neck between your left ear and spine (left SEL 12). Hold your left little toe with your left thumb and any finger.

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Jin Shin Jyutsu Chart

Here is a chart with the Jin Shin Jyutsu SEL’s.

Jin Shin Jyutsu Mudras

The exploration of ancient hand mudras is how the re-discovery of Jin Shin Jyutsu began. From them come the 8 most powerful Jin Shin Jyutsu hand mudras to practice. 

Place your hands in the positions described below. Hold each mudra for 2 minutes or until you feel your pulses align and/or you feel a sense of calmness.

When doing these hand mudras keep your hands, arms, and shoulders as relaxed as possible. Don’t grip your fingers tight. Hold them loosely.

  1. Hold your left middle finger with your right hand. Your thumb is on the palm side and the rest of your fingers are on the back of the hand. Repeat this with opposite hands.
  2. Hold your left middle finger with your right hand. Your thumb is on the back of the finger and the rest of your fingers are on the palm side. Repeat this with opposite hands.
  3. Hold your left little and ring fingers with your right hand. Your thumb is on the palm side of these fingers and the rest of your fingers are on the back. Repeat this with opposite hands.
  4. Hold your left thumb, index, and middle fingers with your right hand. Your thumb is on the back and the rest of your fingers are on the palm side. Repeat this with opposite hands.
  5. Make a circle with your right thumb and right middle finger. Place the pad of your thumb over the fingernail of your finger. Place your left thumb in-between your right middle finger and right thumb. Repeat this with opposite hands.
  6. Touch the palm side of your right thumb and ring fingernail. Repeat this with opposite hands or do both hands at the same time.
  7. Touch the palm sides of your middles fingers together. Interlock the rest of your fingers.
  8. Touch the fingernails of your middle fingers together.

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For those of you that like to see it in action, here’s a Jin Shin Jyutsu hand mudras video. The first 2 minutes of the video is a general introduction, so I set it to start where the hand mudras start.

Jin Shin Jyutsu Finger Holds

Using the Jin Shin Jyutsu finger holds is an easy way to balance your emotions. 

Hold the finger (or thumb) on one hand with the other. The finger you hold depends on what you want to achieve.

  • Thumb. Decreases depression and worry. Improves digestion, stress, and tension in the head, shoulders and lungs.
  • Index finger. Decreases fear and self-criticism. Improves backaches, digestion, joint aches, and mouth ailments.
  • Middle finger. Decreases anger and irritability. Improves fatigue, headache, indecision, nursing mothers, and vision.
  • Ring finger. Decreases negativity and sadness.  Improves respiratory functions, skin conditions, and tinnitus (ringing in the ear).
  • Little finger. Decreases anxiety and stress. Improves bloating and heart conditions.

The more often you hold a finger the longer lasting the effect will be. A good practice for overall wellbeing is to hold each finger for a few minutes every day. If you have a specific problem, hold that finger more.

Here is a video showing the Jin Shin Jyutsu finger method. Again, the first 2 minutes is a general introduction to Jin Shin Jyutsu, so I set it to skip that.

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Jin Shin Jyutsu Training Conclusion

I hope you found this basic Jin Shin Jyutsu training useful. This only touches the surface of this ancient art. 

Although not a mainstream healing method, people all over the world are becoming more aware of it. 

You can use it to resolve minor ailments and as a supplement for more serious diseases. There are positive reports of Jin Shin Jyutsu cancer treatments.

The thing about Jin Shin Jyutsu is that it is so non-invasive that it does no harm to give it a go.

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  • Chandraswamy Kamplimath Reply at 4:37 pm

    I suffer from Tinnitus. I am used to the sound in the ears. I suffered Vertigo too. But it has stopped. Now there is difficulty in holding my balance while standing/walking. I am using a walking-stick while I go for a walk or venture out.

    I have already started JST exercises, since a week.
    A) I do touch fingers-palm in the order of depth. 1)Thumb 2) Ring finger 3) Middle finger 4) Index 5) Little finger 6) Palm for the hands. 2 minutes each.Then I am doing Main Central Flow. RH on top of head and LH up to Pubic bone and then RH on coccyx holding LH on PB.

    Even though I’m feeling better. I want to do still better. Please give your further advice.

    • Bert Luxing Reply at 7:07 am

      Hi Chandraswamy,

      Unfortunately I am no expert in JSJ, but there are definitely specific flows you can do to target specific ailments. I suggest reading Alice Burmeister’s book “The Touch of Healing“.

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