Jin Shin Do® ("The Way of the Compassionate Spirit") is a unique combination of Japanese acupressure techniques, Chinese acupressure theory, Reichan segmental theory, Taoism, and Qigong exercises. It identifies tension points associated with common physical problems and with distressing emotions. It is also referred to as Bodymind® Acupressure.
Jin Shin Do® was developed by psychotherapist Iona Marsaa Teeguarden. It was based on almost two decades of bodywork training and experience. Teeguarden founded the Jin Shin Do Foundation in 1982.
Jin Shin Do® practitioners examine different acu-points and determine areas of tension, physical or energetic stress, dysfunction, or imbalance. Treatment is performed clothed and practitioners focus on "strange flows" of the Chinese Meridian Theory — the Chinese believe that these channels are reservoirs of the body's essence.
The strange flows channels have acu-points, just like standard meridians. The touch of Jin Shin Do® tends to be lighter and often uses simultaneous stimulation of both a local and distal point. Each point the practitioner works on may be held for one to two minutes or more.
Choosing the points as well as proper and appropriate pressure into the points are considered vital to success.
Jin Shin Do® is a whole-body treatment that can also address energy blockages and determine areas of tension, physical or energetic stress, dysfunction, or imbalance.
A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.
An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.