Whether you want to reduce anxiety, boost your immunity or just chill out, this ancient (and cost-free) hands-on healing art can easily harmonize the life energy in your body with the touch of your fingers.

(May 2009) With the fast-paced and stressed-out lives most of us are leading these days, it has become second nature to treat aches, and pains with a pill. Got a headache? Take a Tylenol. Stomach ache? Chew some Tums. If only people knew more about how these problems started in the first place, they’d learn that a lot of their discomforts could be easily healed on their own.

Jin Shin Jyutsu, an ancient Japanese healing art, is just that–a simple and effective hands-on practice that anyone can do on themselves to induce relaxation and reduce the effects of stress with just a little bit of knowledge. Literally translated, Jyutsu means art, Shin means Creator, and Jin means compassionate man. And so it is. The Creator’s art through compassionate man.

While its not widely known to Westerners, Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) is very similar to acupressure and works with a set of 26 points (called Safety Energy Locks) along the energy pathways of the body.

When a pathway becomes blocked, energy stagnates. This initially affects the local area of stagnation, but has the potential to create imbalance along the entire pathway. The 26 Energy Locks are the locations on the body where energy tends to become stuck. (Acupressurists and acupuncturists, by comparison, learn over 300 points.)

Jin Shin Jyutsu expert and writer Nancy Mehagian has been incorporating the ancient practice into her massage therapy for more than 34 years. Clients include Quincy Jones, Diane Lane and Ravi Shankar. Mehagian believes JSJ is a valuable compliment to conventional healing methods and also teaches clients how to restore their own physical, mental, emotional and spiritual beings with various techniques they can do anywhere, anytime. (She even writes about it in her book Siren’s Feast, A Culinary Memoir (www.sirensfeast.com). “By learning how to perform Jin Shin Jyutsu techniques on ourselves,” says Mehagian, “we can weather the challenges we’re all facing with greater ease.”

            Here are some examples:

To calm the nerves, simply hold the last three fingers of your hand, either side. This is the reason people wring their hands when nervous. Jin Shin is part of our innate wisdom so we are practicing it all the time unknowingly. Simply holding those last 3 fingers together is far more effective. Do this when sitting in the dentist’s chair, in meetings or doing interviews. 

To energize and revitalize the body when tired, simply sit on your hands, palms up, for 10 minutes. This can also be done in a prone position. As a bonus, sitting on your hands also helps get rid of cellulite.

For indigestion, gas and stomach aches, simply hold your thumbs, one at a time. If you are someone who tends to worry a lot, holding the thumbs also takes away worry.

For cancer prevention and to help the immune system, place the fingers of both hands on the sternum (breast bone located in center of your chest). Do this for a few minutes daily. 

Some of the challenges Mehagian has assisted clients to overcome with JSJ include turning breech babies, dissolving fibroid tumors and ovarian cysts, PMS, migraines, dissolving kidney obstructions, digestive disorders, insomnia and clearing emotional traumas.

Client and friend Quincy Jones says, “Nancy’s dedication, natural gift and mastery of the art of physical therapy is akin to the combination of a Stradivarius played by Itzak Perlman. She is in a category all by herself. A lady from the A Team.”                   

Mehagian currently resides in Studio City, CA and teaches Jin Shin Jyutsu seminars throughout Southern California.

For more on how Nancy Mehagian can teach you how to balance your mind, body and spirit with Jin Shin Jyutsu, please contact Robin Tolkan-Doyle at Charmed PR; 818.571.9727 or robin@charmedpr.com.