"Jin Shin Do" means "The Way of the Compassionate
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, JSDŽ 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 DoŽ Bodymind AcupressureŽ Case Study
When a 40 year-old woman came to my office, she
explained that she was seeing a medical physician for
heart palpitations. In the beginning of her treatment,
we met weekly, then bi-weekly and now monthly.
Throughout her sessions, she discovered many underlying
reasons that contributed to her heart palpitations.
Currently, she occasionally experiences sporadic
palpitations that used to occur daily. She continues to
seek medical advice to monitor her physical condition.
Recently she started her own walking group that includes
four other women. The purpose of the group is to promote
weight loss and stress reduction!
Shin DoŽ Bodymind AcupressureŽ is not a substitute for
medical or psychological diagnosis. 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.