Unsolicited comment about Jin Shin Do® session:

"Cheri, I feel so so much better!  Our session completely turned around the way I was feeling. Yesterday turned out great for me, and getting up was much easier today (just my standard resistance to reality ;-)  My brain came online /clicked into gear normally.  What a relief!  Thank you So so much.  I'm very impressed with how effective this is."


What is Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®?

 Jin Shin Do® means "The Way of the Compassionate Spirit." Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® uses a gentle yet deep finger pressure on specific acu-points and verbal Bodymind Focusing techniques to help release "armoring" or chronic tension, balance the Qi or energy and improve vitality. This clothes on method helps relieve stress and trauma related problems.

A unique synthesis of traditional Japanese acupressure technique, classic Chinese acupuncture and acupressure theory, Daoist philosophy, Qigong (breathing and exercise techniques), Reichian segmental theory and principles of Ericksonian psychotherapy,  it is a recognized as a major form of Asian Bodywork Therapy (by NCCAOM® & AOBTA®, NCBTMB and the U.S. Dept. of Education among others). Originated by psychotherapist Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, Jin Shin Do® acupressure promotes a pleasant trancelike state, in which one can relax and move out of the head and into the body, accessing feelings and inner wisdom. 

Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, M.A., L.M.F.T. is the originator of Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®    and the founder and longtime director of the Jin Shin Do® Foundation for Bodymind Acupressure®.  She has had 3 books on Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® published (and each took her 9 years to write).  For over four decades, she has made JSD charts, class and teaching outlines and  newsletters, and she's made and several times revised the Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® handbooks. Meanwhile, she taught the Module I-II Jin Shin Do® classes in 21 American states, 2 Canadian provinces and 5 European countries, as well as giving intensive teacher training programs to hundreds, dozens of whom have carried on the torch by teaching JSD classes in their areas. 

Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, M.A., L.M.F.T. states....."Bodymind is not just Body & Mind but the bodymind — the way the body feels and knows things.  The experience of Jin Shin Do®  Bodymind Acupressure® is getting in touch with the body and so,  with the feelings and inner wisdom. " 


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What happens in a Jin Shin Do® Session?

  • Welcome the client into a safe and comfortable environment
  • Assess clients conditions by:
    • Asking about client's objective for the session and relevant medical history
    • Taking the energy pulses, palpating acu-points, and asking questions to further identify the energy patterns requiring attention
  • Work is performed:
    • With client clothed, lying face up on a cushioned massage table
    • By using gentle, firm finger pressure on acu-points.
      • One hand holds a tension or blockage point
      • Other hand holds a release point
      • You, the client, determine & communicate the amount of pressure that feels good to you
  • Session finishes:
    • With a Neck Release along with the Central channel in the midline for centering
    • Some form of foot massage for grounding
    • Clients usually feel more relaxed and perhaps even energized after a session

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Who can receive Jin Shin Do®?

Jin Shin Do® uses a firm but gentle finger pressure which can be use on:

  • Children
  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Hospital patients of all ages and including Cancer or AIDs patients

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What are the benefits of Jin Shin Do®?

Can raise the recipient's awareness of body, Qi, blocking tension and chronic holding patterns; both emotional and physical

  • Promotes flow of Qi or life force in the body
  • Helps to restore energy reserves
  • Helps to create conditions of balance where healing can occur
  • Relaxation/ release of tension
  • Calms the mind
  • Increase vitality
  • Encourages a sense of increased well being
  • Touch from acupressure may benefit...
    • Neck, shoulder and back tension/discomfort
    • Joint problems, arthritis
    • Fatigue
    • Aches & pains
    • Digestive difficulties
    • Sinus problems
    • Insomnia

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Can anyone learn Jin Shin Do®? ( Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® classes teach the use of gentle yet deep finger pressure on specific acu-points and verbal Body Focusing techniques, to help release "armoring" or chronic tension, balance the "Qi" or energy, and improve vitality.)

 Yes. Just learning a few key points will help to release stubborn tensions for yourself, family members or clients. The Jin Shin Do® numbering system and color-coded chart make it simple to learn the points and use them in combination. Classes are taught as complete units, which means you can start using what you've learned from any Jin Shin Do® class right away.

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Does it take a lot of time to learn?

There are introductory classes which can start you on self-acupressure, neck and shoulder release and Jin Shin Do® Acupressure Facials in less than 10 hours per class. For my current offerings, see Classes.

Visit the Jin Shin Do® Foundation for complete descriptions of classes and requirements
for Practitioners and Teachers

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How do I become a Jin Shin Do® Acupressurist?

To be a Registered Jin Shin Do® Acupressurist you are required to complete the following Jin Shin Do® Foundation requirements:

  • Module I - 4 classes
  • Module II - 3 classes
  • Module III - 125 experential hours
  • Ten privates sessions (5 with authorized teacher, 5 may be with a registered Jin Shin Do® acupressurist)
  • Pass a Practical exam where you give JSD acupressure session to an authorized Jin Shin Do® teacher
  • Compliance with applicable local licensing requirements, if any

As an Authorized Senior Jin Shin Do® instructor, I offer this training of the complete JSD curriculum. For my current offerings, see Classes.

Visit the Jin Shin Do® Foundation for complete descriptions of classes and requirements
for Practitioners and Teachers

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Jin Shin Do® 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.

Last Updated on: Nov. 23, 2018