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The Art of Living Through the Seasons: Winter Flow

by Michelle Giambra 


the fifth in a series of five articles to help you thrive while journeying through the seasons 


Winter is a time of retreat in nature. Trees have shed their leaves. Animals hibernate. Energy is focused within.  Wintertime fosters quiet, inward reflection and regeneration. 

In Jin Shin Jyutsu®, winter is associated with the Fourth Depth Energy, kidney and bladder organ function energy pathways, and the element of water. This depth entails “proper circulation maintenance,” and is associated with fluidity on all levels of being––mental, emotional, physical. 

The fourth depth purifies the body, mind and spirit.  It filters out experiences of the day which helps us begin each day with newness. This can be viewed on all levels of our being–– physical waste is processed and eliminated; thoughts that no longer serve a useful purpose are cleared; and spiritual lessons are processed, so we reconnect with our “blueprint for being” with newness. 

Fear is the attitude that causes stagnation in the fourth depth flow. Animals and humans can become “paralyzed by fear,” frozen and unable to move. Fear thoughts foster more fear thoughts. When a person is stuck in the cycle of fear, it is challenging to tune into another way of thinking and difficult to realize there is another way of seeing, or perhaps another way to move through life.  Fear causes the muscles to tense and tighten. Movement becomes compromised. 

Fortunately, Jin Shin Jyutsu is available to help us transform fear into flow. Widely known more than 3,000 years ago, Jin Shin Jyutsu was dramatically revived by Japanese Master Jiro Murai in 1912 after clearing himself of a “terminal” illness. Using this ancient wisdom, we can identify when there is a disruption in the energetic flow, and we can use simple hands-on applications to maintain and restore harmony. Each depth of energy is a beautiful matrix of dynamic relationships. Listed below are just few examples related to the fourth depth.  


Harmonized Flow 

  • Flexibility: The body, mind and emotions move with ease. 

  • Mental Clarity: A balanced, logical thinking flows through the mind.  

  • Desire to Create: The kidney function energy is related to the reproductive organs. A desire to create could relate to having children, as well as to a person’s desire to express their own unique creative expression in this world. 


Indicators of Disharmonized Flow 

  • Back Tension & Pain: The kidney and bladder organ function energy pathways flow down the back. 

  • Midlife Crisis: The fourth depth is related to people 4660 years of age. 

  • Perfectionism: When we are “in the flow,” there is no feeling that we need to be anything other than who we are, and there is no need to control our circumstances or other people. 


Ways to Help Yourself 

  • Hold Your Index Finger: Simply wrap your right hand and fingers around your left index finger. Relax and hold this position for two to 20 minutes. Then, reverse this position for your right index finger. Practice on a regular basis to maintain harmony and as needed to release tension when it arises. 

  • Water Meditation: Spend time near or in the water. Enjoy the rhythm of waves in the sea, the current of a river or the flow of a fountain. 

  • Affirmations: Repeat simple, self-loving statements to yourself. Create your own or choose one of these: “I flow with ease.” “I am fulfilling my destiny.” “ 


The seasons of nature relate to the natural rhythms and energy flow patterns within our bodies. Maintaining a harmonious flow in each season can help us become happier and healthier. In winter, be with the energy of regeneration and flow. 


Learn More! 

Join Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu on January 20 for Winter Flow of Spirit, Mind & Body,” a Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help class. Gain personal insights. Receive practical hands-on energy harmonizing experience that you can incorporate into your lifestyle every day. Space is limited. The last day to register with payment is January 17. Pay by January 12 to receive an early bird discount. 


Jin Shin Jyutsu, a safe adjunct to all forms of treatment, is not intended to be a substitute for medical attention by recognized medical authorities. 


Michelle Giambra, LMT, is a Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner & Self-Help Instructor with 20 years of experience in the unique hands-on healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. She provides private sessions for individuals with health projects such as cancer, pain, anxiety, digestion, fatigue and more. She also teaches self-help classes and leads a monthly hands-on self-healing meditation. Her office, Suncoast Jin Shin Jyutsu is located in the Rosemary District of downtown Sarasota. For more information, call 941-228-2972, email or visit   

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