Putting a new discipline to the test
Recently I took part in a 5-day practitioner seminar introducing Jin Shin Jyutsu, a Japanese “art” of bringing the body’s energy into balance. It was organized in Asheville by my friend Beth Molaro, and brought together students and practitioners from all over the Southeast -- all of whom had questions, ideas and enthusiasm to share. The instructor, Lynne Pflueger, set aside practice sessions three times each day for us to learn some of the myriad techniques for bringing physical, emotional and mental states of disharmony into balance. Needless to say, by the end of the seminar my mind was chock-full of information and I was energized!
That’s why it surprised me when I began coming down with a serious cold less than a day later. I probably caught it from the friend I stayed with in Asheville, who ended up sick in bed most of the time I was there. (I got to practice Jin Shin Jyutsu on her, as well as Reflexology.) As my symptoms progressed from sore throat to headache, sinus congestion and fatigue, I realized this was a great opportunity to test Jin Shin Jyutsu on myself!
Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) makes use of the idea of meridians and acupressure points outlined in Traditional Chinese Medicine: specifically, JSJ has identified 26 sets of gateway points, called Safety Energy Locks, that help regulate the flow of energy (Qi or “Chi”) through the body. Gently touching two or more of these points in prescribed sequences can bring dramatic changes in physical health and attitude.
So, it’s the middle of the night and I can hardly breathe. I lie on my back and put one hand on my shoulder. The other hand reaches up to hold each of the first hand’s fingers in turn, waiting until I feel a vibration, like a pulse. I move the top hand to a point on my face that aids in sinus drainage. From there I move my hand to a point along my upper back. Whoosh! Air comes flooding into my lungs, and I can breathe in and out -- through my nose! -- with ease. I finish the rest of the sequence (JSJ calls it a “flow”) and sleep soundly the rest of the night.
Back to health in record time
For the next two days I rested, mainly so I wouldn’t pass on my germs to anyone, and practiced JSJ at intervals. By the third morning I was back in top shape, ready to take the dogs for a long hike in the woods. Without the energy medicine to help bring my body into balance, it’s likely I would have been achy, sneezy and miserable for a week.
If you’d like to find out more about Jin Shin Jyutsu, send me an email at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. I’m going to need lots of practice to learn all the “flows,” and welcome volunteers to take part. [As with Reiki, participants remain fully clothed throughout the session.]
And remember, Reiki and Reflexology are available six days a week at locations in Toco Hills and Decatur. Call 404-406-5204 to make an appointment. With so many ways to help keep our bodies in harmony, why stay in dis-ease?
Join me for a five-week course that is the first certification of Traditional Usui Reiki. This class is the starting point for anyone new to Reiki and covers history, technique, chakras, hand positions, and much more. It is an experiential journey and starting point for learning energetic healing. Participants are certified in Level One Usui Reiki once complete. Not just an informational or lecture class, students are given hands-on time under the guidance of a Reiki Master to experience Reiki.
Cost for the course is $185. Pre-registration is required for this class and two textbooks are required (not included in the registration fee): Essential Reiki by Diane Stein and To Be Healed by the Earth by Dr. Warren Grossman.
To register, please visit decaturhealingarts.com/workshops.html or call 404-378-6288. Decatur Healing Arts is located at 619B E. College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030.
“Because [protein] receptors [on the cell membrane] can read energy fields, the notion that only physical molecules can impact cell physiology is outmoded. Biological behavior can be controlled by invisible forces, including thought. as well as it can be controlled by physical molecules like penicillin, a fact that provides the scientific underpinning for pharmaceutical-free energy medicine.”
— Bruce H. Lipton, M.D., The Biology of Belief
One of my clients in my other line of work (freelance writing) recently asked me, “What is Reiki?” I found it interesting because his own daughter does Reiki. I gave him my stock answer, and it seemed to satisfy his curiosity. But then I got to thinking: what’s a better way to explain it? Reiki is Energy, but what does that mean? What is it really about?
Reiki is about Alignment. Not physical, bone-crunching spinal adjustment, but energy alignment. Clearing and opening the flow of energy. When your energy is aligned, the cells in your body “talk” to each other, as Bruce Lipton’s book The Biology of Belief so aptly explains.
Energy alignment means your digestive system organs are all communicating with each other and working together (you know what it feels like when they’re in opposition). Your immune system is smoothly coordinating all your body’s defense mechanisms. Your natural sleep rhythms are restored.
Beyond your physical body, energy alignment brings you in tune with the natural environment. You are in balance.
What Reiki isn’t is a “quick fix.” i wish I could say that one Reiki session would restore balance for the rest of your life. But as we all know, things go out of balance all the time. Reiki is one of many methods of restoring balance. How often you might want a Reiki “tune-up” depends on how out of balance you feel. And how in touch you are with how you really feel. Some people might be in the flow for months at a time; others change from day to day.
One excellent way to bring yourself into Alignment is to learn how to do Reiki. The teachers who taught me, at anaturalpath.org, will be starting Level I Reiki classes early next year. I highly recommend them.
If you can’t wait that long to get yourself back into balance, give me a call.
Christin Whittington is a practitioner of energy medicine – helping people restore balance in their bodies, their health and their lives using a combination of Reiki, Reflexology, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Qi Gong and herbal medicine.