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Ease Holiday Stress with Jin Shin Jyutsu

Dec 04, 2014 01:01PM ● By Michelle Giambra

Let’s be honest. Everyone knows that the joys of the holiday season are typically accompanied by a greater level of stress. The strain of our annual scramble to fit holiday season get-togethers, visitors, travel plans and gift-buying into our already busy lives can leave us with raw nerves, depleted energy and tension throughout our bodies. Wouldn’t it be nice to have simple and effective stress-busting tools available to you at all times?

Fortunately, you DO have access to these tools, and they exist within your own two hands! The ancient hands-on healing art, Jin Shin Jyutsu, offers self-care exercises that you can use anytime, anywhere to relieve stress, re-energize, and help you feel happy, relaxed and like yourself again.

Widely known more than 3,000 years ago, Jin Shin Jyutsu was dramatically revived by Japanese Master Jiro Murai in 1912, after he cleared himself of a “terminal” illness. A unique healing art, Jin Shin Jyutsu is applied to the body through gentle touch and can be received from a trained practitioner or applied to one’s self.

Here is a sampling of a few self-care energy-harmonizing exercises that are easy to execute and require little time investment:

Give yourself a big hug!

• Cross your arms in front of your chest and rest your thumbs under your collarbone.

• Place your hands in your underarms (right hand in left underarm, left hand in right underarm) with your fingertips touching the edge your shoulder blades, if possible. (No stressing or straining. If you’re unable to reach your shoulder blades, let your fingers rest in your underarm, as close to the edge of the shoulder blade as possible.)

• Exhale. Relax into this hold. Rest your arms on your body. Drop your shoulders. Bow your head. Allow the tension and stress to melt away.

• Practice “the big hug” whenever you feel overwhelmed, stressed or anxious. Hold for several minutes or until you feel the symptoms ease.

• As a regular practice, hold for 10–20 minutes a day.

Hold your fingers, one at time.

• Each finger relates to certain energy patterns in the body and to certain mental and emotional patterns.

 • Holding the fingers, one at a time, for a minute or so each, harmonizes the energetic flow and restores balance.

• Simply wrap the fingers of the left hand around the right thumb. Relax. Breathe. Hold until you feel a rhythmic pulse, or until you feel tension start to ease, or for a minute or two.

• Next, wrap your left hand around your right index finger. Relax. Breathe. Hold until you feel a rhythmic pulse, or until you feel tension start to ease, or for a minute or two.

• Proceed in the same manner holding each finger on right hand and then each finger of your left hand.

• Practice as needed for stress relief and daily for maintaining balance.

36 Conscious Breaths

 • Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes. Tune into your breathing.

• Simply observe and begin to count your breaths: Exhale, count 1. Notice your inhalation. It’s not necessary to “take a breath;” the inhalation will come in its own natural rhythm. Exhale, count 2. Inhale. Exhale, count 3. Inhale.

• Continue until you have completed 36 exhalations and inhalations.

• Practice as needed for stress relief and daily for maintaining balance.


More opportunities to stay “in the flow” this holiday season with local classes and specials at Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu:


Guided Jin Shin Jyutsu (Hands-On Self-Harmonizing Meditations)

Simply relax and follow spoken instruction for hand placements on your own body to harmonize the flow of life energy. No previous experience required. Friday, December 12, 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m. Wednesday, December 17, 10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m. Space is limited. Registration required.

Receive Personal Energy Balancing Sessions

Rest comfortably on a massage table and receive personal energy harmonizing customized to your needs. Pay for one one-hour session; get the second half-price! (Purchase by 12/31/14. Use by 1/31/15.)

Thirty Minute Thursdays!

Short on time, but need a quick pick-me-up? Receive 30 minutes of rejuvenation, just enough time to get the edge off and reset body, mind, and spirit. (Special pricing in December. Select times only. Not available December 25.)

Coming in 2015: Classes and PlayShops!

Learn Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Care to maintain your wellbeing and to support healing of discomfort, pain and disease. Be empowered in one of our in-house offerings or request a class customized to meet your group’s interests and needs.

Location: Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu in Rosemary Court. For more information, call 941-228-2972, email [email protected], or visit

The Jin Shin Jyutsu information provided in this article is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your own physician or other healthcare professional.

A 2013 Natural Awakenings (“Nattie”) Awards “Favorite Energy Healer,” Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner Michelle Giambra, LMT has over 16 years’ experience providing Jin Shin Jyutsu to individuals and families addressing acute, chronic, and serious health projects (such as cancer and ALS), along with those interested in maintaining wellness. She offers individual sessions and teaches self-care, and is available for home and hospital visits.

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