Jin Shin Do

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Jin Shin Do ("The Way of the Compassionate Spirit") is a therapeutic acupressure technique developed by psychotherapist Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, beginning in the 1970s.[1]

Jin Shin Do classes teach the use of gentle yet deep finger pressure on specific acu-points and verbal Body Focusing techniques.[2]

This clothes-on method is a unique synthesis of a traditional Japanese acupressure technique, classic Chinese acupuncture and acupressure theory, Taoist philosophy, Qigong (breathing and exercise techniques), Reichian segmental theory and principles of Ericksonian psychotherapy.[3]Template:Better source needed Jin Shin Do is recognized as a major form of Asian Bodywork Therapy by AOBTA, NCBTMB, NCCAOM,[who?] and the U.S. Department of Education[4] among others.


Generally a "local point" in a tense area is held, together with related "distal points" which, though distant from the tense area, help it to release because of functional and energetic relationships. As in Shiatsu, the client remains fully clothed.[5]

The Jin Shin Do Foundation's website and books state:

"Jin Shin Do Bodymind Acupressure is not intended for the diagnosis, treatment or cure of disease. It is a relaxation therapy, and a useful adjunct to licensed, qualified medical or psychological care. For any persistent pain or symptom, even a seemingly minor one, the reader is strongly encouraged to consult a medical doctor. When used in conjunction with standard medical treatment, the Jin Shin Do Acupressure technique can assist the healing process by releasing tension, decreasing stress and encouraging a sense of increased well-being."[6]

Practitioner Registration and Teacher Authorization[edit]

To obtain the qualification of Registered Jin Shin Do Acupressurist, practitioners complete 250 hours of training, log 125 hours of practice, receive 10 private Jin Shin Do sessions, and pass a practical exam from an Authorized Jin Shin Do Teacher.

To obtain the qualification of Authorized Jin Shin Do Teacher and obtain teaching outlines and manuals to teach Basic Jin Shin Do Acupressure, practitioners additionally repeat the Master Class, take a 70-hour Bodymind Acupressure class and a 75-hour Intensive Teacher Training Program, log another 175 practice hours, pass another practical exam, and write a paper on the theories underlying Jin Shin Do Acupressure. There are additional requirements for authorization to teach ensuing Jin Shin Do classes.[7]

Registered Jin Shin Do Acupressurists and Authorized Jin Shin Do Teachers may use the Jin Shin Do and Bodymind Acupressure trademarks of the international Jin Shin Do Foundation.

See also[edit]


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  1. Teeguarden, Iona Marsaa. "The Development of Jin Shin Do Bodymind Acupressure" [archive]. Jin Shin Do Foundation. Retrieved 2008-04-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Claire, Thomas; Bodywork: What Type of Massage to Get – And How to Make the Most of It (1995), William Morrow and Company, Inc., pp. 211-212, 214, 355, 375
  3. Tappan, Frances & Benjamin, Patricia; Tappan’s Handbook of Healing Massage Techniques – Classic, Holistic, and Emerging Methods (1988), Appleton & Lange, A Simon & Schuster Company, pp. 295-308, 373
  4. U.S. Department of Education, Office of Education Research and Improvement, National Center for Education Statistics, Classification of Instructional Programs: 2000 Edition, NCES 2002-165, April 2002, 51/3503, p. 369
  5. Claire, Thomas; Bodywork: What Type of Massage to Get – And How to Make the Most of It 2nd Edition (2006), Basic Health Publications, Inc., pp. 169-170, 172, 292, 311
  6. Teeguarden, Iona Marsaa. "Jin Shin Do Foundation Website Homepage" [archive]. Jin Shin Do Foundation. Retrieved 2016-01-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Teeguarden, Iona Marsaa. "Teacher and Practitioner Requirements" [archive]. Jin Shin Do Foundation Website. Retrieved 2016-01-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


Allison, Nancy, CMA, Editor; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Body-Mind Disciplines (1999), The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc., pp. 178, 180, 187-190

Andrews, Synthia & Dempsey, Bobbi; Acupressure & Reflexology for Dummies (2007), Wiley Publishing, Inc., pp. 122, 317, 320

Langevin, Helene M., and colleagues at the University of Vermont, "Relationship of acupuncture points and meridians to connective tissues planes": [archive]

Loecher, Barbara & O’Donnell, Sara Altshul & the Editors of Prevention Magazine Health Books; New Choices in Natural Healing for Women (1997) Rodale Press, Inc., pp. 13, 15, 407.

Swinford, Patricia & Webster, Judith; Promoting Wellness – A Nurse's Handbook (1989), Aspen Publishers, Inc., p. 206

Teeguarden, Iona Marsaa; A Complete Guide to Acupressure, Revised (2003; 1st version 1996), originally published by Japan Publications & now by the Jin Shin Do Foundation

Teeguarden, Iona Marsaa; Acupressure Way of Health: Jin Shin Do® (1978), originally published by Japan Publications & now by Redwing Books

Teeguarden, Iona Marsaa; Extraordinary Energy Flows, Oriental Medicine, a publication of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine; San Diego, CA (summer 2004), p. 13, 22-23

Teeguarden, Iona Marsaa; The Joy of Feeling: Bodymind Acupressure®, (1984, 2003), originally published by Japan Publications & now by the Jin Shin Do Foundation

Teeguarden, Iona Marsaa; What are Meridians and Points?, Oriental Medicine, a publication of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine; San Diego, CA (fall 2007), pp. 6, 34, 35.

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