Jin Shin Jyutsu works with what are called Safety Energy Locks or SELs. These are 26 zones of energies in the body, 26 on each side of the body, that work as circuit-breakers to help with the proper energetic flow pattern.
When I share Jin Shin Jyutsu with people, they are always surprised by how simple it is and how they are already doing it themselves, without realizing. Have you ever put your hands on the small curve of the back after running to catch your breath? Or on your forehead to trigger a memory? Or wringing your hands and fingers when under stress? Yes? Then you have been holding various SELs already. Jin Shin Jyutsu draws from our innate wisdom.
One of the many reasons I love Jin Shin Jyutsu is how easy it is to do something for yourself. If I wake up in the middle of the night from being unwell, I can do something for myself. If my tummy is upset, I can do something for myself. Without reliance on over-the-counter drugs or medical practitioners who are likely to advice lots of water, vitamins, and rest for this type of conditions. I have a wonderful doctor and many friends who are wellness practitioners. Sometimes a visit to them is not what is needed. (And sometimes it is.)
Jin Shin Jyutsu is great for both emergency and chronic conditions and complements well with other modalities and treatments as it is working with your body, allowing the natural flow of energy to be restored.
Many Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioners likely have their go-to’s and “favourites” from working on themselves and clients. By virtue of who we meet and what we meet within ourselves, we are likely to gravitate towards certain holds and flows. Even using a few “basic” flows can have quite an impact! Sustained use of the same flows also allows for a more intimate and deeper understanding. This is certainly true for myself and I share the same handful of SELs, though a lot of this is due to the ease of self-help component of these SELs for clients and friends.
One of my favourites is SEL 14, located on the front of the chest, on the last rib. This is an equilibrium point. Being in the middle of the body, it helps bridge the upper and lower. It aids digestion and assimilation on all levels, so not just food but ideas, emotions, and any excess.
Try the right 14 for protein and the left for carbs. In Jin Shin Jyutsu, there are many interconnections between SELs.
This is why many different SELs and flows help the same symptoms, which also show up for different underlying challenges and projects. Symptoms are only clues.
Jin Shin Jyutsu translates as “The Art of the Creator through the Man of Knowing and Compassion” from Japanese. This speaks to the importance of knowing ourselves and having compassion for ourselves and others. The spirit and energy of Jin Shin Jyutsu is beautiful.
This holiday season, when we are more likely to indulge and spend much more time with people we may only see this time of the year, our body-mind-spirit may face an extra big deluge of emotions, circumstances, etc. See if SEL 14 comes in handy. Simply place your hand on the last rib, the “exact” point will differ for people and what is going on. A SEL is about the size of your palm, with the bull’s eye where the energetic blockage is located. Even if you do not get that bull’s eye, you are helping to harmonize the energy in your body. And it’s cumulative!
Being comfortable with finding what works for you is part of healing and self-knowing.
Share Jin Shin Jyutsu with your human and animal friends and family with compassion
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