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Cancer Patients Find Relief with Jin Shin Jyutsu


The word “cancer” evokes fear in many people. A diagnosis of cancer can send a person spiraling into a world of worry about the future and confusion about what to do. The diagnosis is stressful enough, and more stress on the body and mind may follow as a potential side effect from the treatments employed.
The University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center is finding Jin Shin Jyutsu beneficial as an adjunct therapy for cancer patients. A study conducted by the Center reports that cancer patients receiving Jin Shin Jyutsu experience a significant reduction in pain, stress and nausea.
Jin Shin Jyutsu (“jin shin jit-su”) is an ancient Japanese hands-on art of balancing life energy in the body. Similar to acupuncture in philosophy, Jin Shin Jyutsu involves a trained practitioner placing their hands on a client’s body (over clothing) on specific areas called “safety energy locks.” There are 52 safety energy locks on the body. Touching certain safety energy locks in precise combinations and sequences harmonize specific energy flow patterns in the body.
The Study
The study at Markey included 159 people with cancer who received Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions from a trained practitioner. The participants rated their pain, stress and nausea on a 10-point scale before and after their sessions. Presented at the 2012 Markey Cancer Center Research Day, the study concludes that “Jin Shin Jyutsu helps relieve initial pain, stress and nausea and should be explored more deeply as an adjunct therapy for cancer patients.”
In a YouTube video recently produced by The University of Kentucky, Jay Hayslip, MD, Hematology, Blood and Marrow Transplantation at Markey comments, “Some patients have reported improvements in their nausea, some in pain, some in stress and anxiety. Others have found it to be a Cancer Patients Find Relief with Jin Shin Jyutsu® Study Validates Local Practitioner’s Experience by Michelle Giambra useful adjunct in terms of coping with the stress of the treatment or the stress of the experience of needing treatment for cancer.”
One of the cancer patients remarks, “When you’re taking chemotherapy, you are given a steroid. For me, it opened up a world of anxiety, sleeplessness, feeling very hyped up. And JSJ was instrumental in keeping me calm and centered, focused.”
Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner, Jennifer Bradley on staff at Markey states, “I was pleased to see quantitatively the improvements that patients noted in these primary areas of discomfort. It was interesting to note that regardless of age, sex or diagnosis, cancer patients received a statistically significant improvement in the side effects from treatment. It is encouraging to note that Jin Shin Jyutsu made improvements in these areas without adding additional unwanted effects that so often occur with medication interventions.”
My Work with Cancer Patients As a Sarasota-area Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner, I am not surprised by these results. I’ve worked with clients diagnosed with breast, lung, ovarian, esophageal, and brain cancer. Some clients were in the midst of conventional treatment (chemotherapy and/or radiation); others had completed those types of treatment; some were in full recovery; others were in “final stages” of the disease.
One client had recently completed intensive chemotherapy treatment for ovarian cancer when she contacted me for a Jin Shin Jyutsu session. Her energy reserves were depleted and she was in a state of extreme, prolonged exhaustion. After one session, this client experienced a great boost in energy. Other clients feel very comforted and calm during and following their sessions.
Helping cancer patients through Jin Shin Jyutsu is particularly rewarding. As a teenager I lost my mother to breast cancer. Having witnessed the deterioration of her health as the disease progressed and the difficult side effects she endured from chemotherapy and radiation therapy, I felt compelled to study holistic health. This path of study eventually led me to Jin Shin Jyutsu.
I’ve seen first-hand that Jin Shin Jyutsu helps alleviate stress and suffering. Many of my clients express feeling a very deep sense of calm. I felt helpless 30 years ago when my mother was suffering. My mission is to energize bodies, enlighten minds, and enhance the enjoyment of life through Jin Shin Jyutsu.
(Note: The study, which was presentedat the 2012 Markey Cancer Center Research Day, is not yet published in a peer-reviewed journal.)
Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner Michelle Giambra offers 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 at Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu in the Rosemary Court Wellness Center, downtown Sarasota. She is also available for home and hospital visits. Call 941-228-2972, email, or visit
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