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.
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Reiki is ideal for helping you get your stress level under control. It helps you relax and get back in touch with your natural body rhythms. And Reiki can help alleviate:
Similarly, Foot Reflexology combines gentle stretching and compression to help reduce stress, improve circulation and move lymph -- your body's natural detoxifier. Reflexology creates relaxation almost immediately -- just ask my clients! It improves blood flow to the feet, brain, kidneys and intestines (some of the places that absorb excessive stress). Reflexology, like Reiki, helps alleviate pain and headaches, depression and anxiety.
Both these healing techniques are excellent for moving "stuck energy" to help bring your body back into balance energetically. As you return to balance, this opens a window for self-healing. And that's a real "after-tax" benefit!
Introductory offer ends May 1
New to Reiki or Reflexology? Take advantage of this special introductory offer: book your first visit in either technique, and your second visit is FREE! You can also make an appointment to try both Reflexology and Reiki in one session and get two for the price of one! But remember, this offer is good through May 1 only. So please don't hesitate -- call 404-406-5204 today!
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.