by Amy Hautman Bates
Touch is magic. When my mom put her palm to my forehead to measure my temperature, when my dad held my hand, even when the priest rubbed ashes on my brow, I felt better instantly. We all know the healing power of touch. Chiropractics, Polarity Therapy, Acupuncture charts, Chakra systems all have similar body maps of energy patterns. When I have a headache I squeeze the bridge of my nose and get immediate relief. If something hurts, I push on it. It makes so much sense.
I am a true do it yourself-er. (Googling is a dangerous tool for my kind). Recently, I went online to order an acupuncture chart and a box of needles so I could try it out. It looked way too complicated so I decided to try acupressure which is a similar concept but non-invasive.
One of the energy healing methods is the acupressure art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. They call it an art because it requires a creative way of being. One needs to tune in and be able to feel the flow of energy so they know where to hold and for how long. Who better than oneself to be able to tap into the inner knowledge of what parts of our bodies need attention? It is a great self-healing tool.
The premise of Jin Shin Jyutsu is to awaken us to our innate healing power. Using our fingers like jumper cables, we can stimulate the flow of energy along our meridians and harmonize our inner rhythm with the universal pulse of the “source”. Keeping the rivers of energy flowing smoothly makes for a healthier mind, body and spirit. Pressing on the energy locks removes blockages caused by fears, diet, injury, stress etc. These blockages cause discomfort not only in local areas but they cause disharmony throughout the body. Unlocking the dams, releasing tension, increasing circulation and reducing pain all help us develop vibrant health.