To understand and learn more about yourself and the others?, To think of the Whole and not just parts?, To know unconditional love? Tolerance of what is happening around you and as a result feel better? Give expression, both to your Yin and to your Yang? This learning process is largely thanks to Jin Shin Do® .
Twenty seven years ago, after receiving a massage from a Shiatsu therapist, when he, in a very special way “connected” a few points in my body, I felt for the first time that I was more than just my physical body. This was a revelation for me. I asked: What made this happened? He told me: This is called Jin Shin Do®. Immediately I inquired: Where can I learn that? Well, this question was not answered for years, yes, many years, because nobody could tell me where I could learn this. Years later I managed to finally find someone who could teach me this beautiful system. This game me an immense joy! I could finally study Jin Shin Do® in Holland, which I had longed for so long. I then traveled to America to complete the International Teachers Training and could teach Jin Shin Do® to anyone who wanted to learn it. Jin Shin Do® means “The Way of the Compassionate Spirit.” Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® uses 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 acutheory, Taoist philosophy, Qigong (breathing and exercise techniques), Reichian segmental theory and principles of Ericksonian psychotherapy, JSD® acupressure was originated by Iona Marsaa Teeguarden.
Physical and psychic tension cause blockages in the body that manifest as tension points along the meridians. By connecting two of these points in a specific way, this tension can be removed during the Jin Shin Do® sessions. Here the therapist also uses the various combinations learned in Jin Shin Do®. With this he stimulates the development of the vitality. This provides a deep relaxation and increases the consciousness vibration of both the body and of the Spirit.
The Theory of Segments was developed by the scholar, dr. Wilhelm Reich. A similar theory is found in the old Taoist descriptions of rings of energy surrounding the body (see Chi Nei Tsang books, Mantak en Maneewan Chia). Reich said that the muscle tension, or “pantser”, reflects a psychological shell. Usually people are unaware of their own “shell”. This muscle tension arises to protect us from the conscious appreciation of our needs and feelings. It can be shocking sometimes when the shell opens. Examples of muscular shells are: eye problems (not being able / willing to see ..), ear problems (not being able / willing to hear / listen ….) , constipation (not being able to let go … ), stutter, hoarseness (difficulty of communication). As I mentioned previously, these locks are usually unconsciously formed most probably because at that time were required (eg in self-defense). Through the years we no longer feel these blocks, they become “part of us.” In practice it has been shown that when people learn to deal with these problems then these tensions disappear.
Jin Shin Do® can be a very good way to help achieve this; in addition, with muscle tensions and blocks, the energy (Chi, Prana …) cannot move freely. Jin Shin Do works here in a holistic manner, ie in the body and spirit. In the treatment of Jin Shin Do®, both, practitioner and recipient, work together to break these blocks and thereby allowing the Chi to flow freely again. It’s like peeling an onion, when you remove a layer, below there is another; likewise, there is more than one layer of muscles in a given place in our body. We can be relaxed at any specific level, and tense at another level. You experience this when you are being trained in the teachings of Jin Shin Do®. It helps you to enter inwards, learn to know others better and also become conscious of blockages.
Through meditation and Qi Qong, I could more deeply get in touch with my inner self, a whole new world was opening up for me. Later during my trips to China, I met my Qi Qong Master, Mr Ku Ming. I am immensely grateful for all the people that I’ve encounter in my path and who’ve helped me find and follow the path back to my source.
It’s not only the combination of Western and Eastern techniques that differentiate JSD®, but also the fact that JSD® is not a massage but the person treated may remain clothed during treatment. With Qi Qong and other techniques that are taught here, you learn to go inside yourself and remain there. To learn Jin Shin Do® it is not required to have any special education. For example, anyone can follow the course of Relaxation of Neck and Shoulders, Basic acupressure for yourself or Facial relaxation. There is also a special course for Speech therapists and Aestheticians. For professionals who use Eastern or Western methods and also for those who practice Chinese Traditional Medicine, the method of Jin Shin Do® is a very valuable supplement to their knowledge. These courses given by Maria Edith are accredited in the Netherlands by NWP association.
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. “JSD® seeks to support and balance body, mind and spirit.”
Jin Shin Do® is an evolutionary discipline. Jin Shin Do® enhances the vital resources of both people involved in the practice, allowing the best expression according to their potential. The timing and the manner of expression vary, but Jin Shin Do® produces a better quality of life no matter what the age, condition and well-being or distress level of those involved. Jin Shin Do® is not an alternative therapy, nor a non-conventional medicine, nor a therapeutic, sports or aesthetic massage. Benefits of Jin Shin Do® in terms of symptoms and prevention are not the result of targeted activities or treatment of diseases, but rather of a natural evolutionary process connected to a general improvement of vitality.
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