Jin Shin Jyutsu - What is it?

Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient Japanese energy healing art that was rediscovered in the early 20th Century by Japan’s Master Jiro Murai and brought to the United States and the world by Mary Burmeister.

Jin Shin Jyutsu relaxes and rejuvenates the body’s energetic system, harmonizing mind, body, emotions, and spirit using gentle touch from the hands and fingers providing deep relaxation. The hands and fingers act as “Jumper cables” lightly touching and holding key body locations known as “Safety Energy Locks” – SELs (similar to fuses) in sequences known as flows. During this time the recipient is fully-clothed, face-up on a massage table. No rubbing, oils, or massaging takes place.  

Jin Shin Jyutsu has similar effects on the body as Acupressure and Acupuncture without pressure or needles.

It is simple, extremely powerful, and completely 100% safe, treating both the cause and the symptoms of a vast variety and virtually any state of health conditions.

Practiced by medical professionals including some doctors, nurses, and thousands of trained practitioners worldwide, it is used in some major hospitals for serious health conditions. It is complementary to modern medicine and is not meant as a replacement.

Additionally, it can be used on animals, horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, and even birds by their owners and JSJ practitioners.

Mary Burmeister described Jin Shin Jyutsu (translated from the Japanese as “Art of the Creator through Compassionate Man”) as a “physio-philosophy,” which is used by everyone unconsciously, doesn’t do anything, yet encompasses everything. Mary called it The Art of Life, The Art of Life Itself. It is the whole cosmos and cannot be categorized.”

The purpose of Jin Shin Jyutsu is to release the tensions that cause various physical symptoms. The body contains energy pathways that feed life into all cells. When one or more of these paths become blocked, the damming effect can lead to discomfort or pain. Jin Shin Jyutsu, re-harmonizes and balances the energy flow.

One of the most important and core elements of  Jin Shin Jyutsu is the ability to perform, “Self Help.” Self-Help is a combination of simple and effective gentle holds and mudras that you can apply to yourself or others. Simply holding each of your fingers and thumbs can bring balance to your organs, harmonize the attitudes (worry, fear, anger grief and trying too hard and much more. Self help can address up to 70% of an individuals needs to balance the body. It can be used on a daily basis on an unlimited  time basis. One of the most important holds or flows for self help is The Main Central Vertical. The Main Central is the source of life, and can be performed upon waking and before going to sleep and at any other time during the day, it helps to cleanse the body.

One of the most important considerations to remember about Jin Shin Jyutsu whether practicing Self-Help or Practitioner sessions is that the benefits are cumulative.

The Story - Master Jiro Murai -

History of Jin Shin Jyutsu - Physio-Philosophy

 It has been said, that Master Jiro Murai's grandmother may have practiced some part of the Art. 

The ancient Japanese art of Jin Shin Jyutsu was rediscovered by Master Jiro Murai (1886-1960) in the early 1900s. Before that, it was an oral tradition passed down by word of mouth from generation to generation and gradually fell into disuse and was almost forgotten. It has been said, that Master Jiro Murai’s grandmother may have practiced some part of the Art.

Jiro Murai was born in 1886 in Taishoomura (Karga City) into a  long-line of medical professionals. Both his father and eldest brother were medical doctors. As he was not the oldest son he was not required to follow the family tradition but instead as a young man he studied silkworm breeding at the university, living an excessive lifestyle and looking for extreme experiences.

In 1912 at the age of 26, he fell seriously ill and was diagnosed with a terminal illness which became the turning point in his life. His family was unable to help him and unable to walk he was carried on a stretcher to the isolated family cabin in the mountains, where he asked his family to collect his body after 7 days. Doomed to die, he wanted the solitude of the mountains.

He meditated and fasted, passing in and out of consciousness envisioning sages in spiritual meditation using hand mudras. He practiced the mudras which may have resembled familiar Buddha statues.  On the 7th day, he experienced a fever in his body and became unconscious. Upon waking later that day he experienced a state of peace, joy, and gratitude and feeling recovered walked back into town. The people who saw him were amazed. What had happened he was supposed to die.  Full of awe and gratitude he vowed to dedicate the rest of his life to the exploration of the mysteries of his healing.

Jiro Murai started research, he went to the mountains for weeks of meditation, fasting and practiced mudras and studied ancient writings (like the Yellow Emperor – a medical classic dating 2698-2598 BCE).  Through meditation, he focused his attention inward and became aware of hidden forces present in all humans. During this process he witnessed the movement of certain energy flows through his body. Jiro  Murai took notes and discovered, while studying the old scriptures, that the flows he had experienced were similar to the already known meridians, yet extended beyond that knowledge.

Murai studied the Chinese acupressure points, then took them a step further by experimenting on himself and fasting. He compared his experiences to the ancient acupuncture writings and what he felt. His experiences were much deeper than he found in the writings.

There is an awareness in Jin Shin Jyutsu that is deeper than technique.

At first, Jiro called it the “Art of Living,” and as things developed it became known as, “The Art of Happiness.” Later he called it The Art of Longevity,” because when people became healthier and stronger. Finally realizing it worked on a physical, mental, and spiritual level he called it, ‘Jin Shin Jyutsu,” – The Art of the Creator by Compassionate Man.

His scientific mind led him to do research, dissecting human bodies and cows heads which he purchased. He studied the influence of nutrition on the human energy system. Jiro Murai worked with many people to test his theories and watch the results. He worked with homeless people and those known as untouchables even sought his help. 

He soon became well respected for his ability to help people with all kinds of illnesses.  The Imperial Family heard of his reputation and asked for his help for a member of their family. 

Jiro Murai received permission to research The Imperial Archives and the Ise Shrine, the highest temple in Shintoism. There he found the Kojiki (Record of Ancient Things), written in 712 A.D. One night after a long meditation, Jiro Murai started writing. The interpretation of the Kojiki concerning the energetic and physical human body mysteriously came to him.

Thirty-four years after his initial JSJ experiences at the age of 60,  Jiro Murai started giving lectures and delivered his last lecture in 1957 at the age of 71 – three years before his death. His teaching career extended over the last 14 years of his life. His most important students were Mary Burmeister and  Dr. Haruki Kato.


The Story - Mary Burmeister

History of Jin Shin Jyutsu - Physio-Philosophy

Jin Shin Jyutsu is the memory of knowledge within us.

"Man contains in himself all knowledge and all wisdom that is necessary for healing." Paracelsus (1493-1541)

Paracelsus was a pioneer of the "medical revolution," of the German Renaissance.

Mary Mariko Burmeister (Iino) (1918-2008) was a first-generation Japanese American, born in Seattle Washington in 1918. In the 1940’s she went to Japan to learn Japanese, teach English, and study Japanese.

One day she was invited to a lecture by one of her students given by Master Jiro Murai and was touched and fascinated.

Upon meeting, Jiro Murai asked her if she would like to study with him and take a gift back to America, to which she replied yes and became one of his students. Mary studied with him in Japan for the next six years, Murai using oral tradition to teach the Art, she continued her studies and correspondence with him until he died in 1960.  

While in Japan Mary’s father Uhashi also studied with Master Murai, he practiced the art corresponding with him about his research work.

Six years after beginning her training in 1953, Mary returned to the United States to marry Gil Burmeister, continuing her studies and correspondence with him until he died in 1960.  Meanwhile, Mary began working on translating her notes into English and 17 years after commencing her studies started sharing the art with others. Her first student was a chiropractor who was referred to Mary by one of her clients. Mary authored two practitioner textbooks and three self-help books while continuing to teach JIN SHIN JYUTSU throughout the United States.

In 1977 Mary went to Europe to teach the Art for the first time. Jin Shin Jyutsu came to Austria at first with Self-Help classes in 1992 and 5-day classes have been offered there since 1999. The continued growth and interest in Jin Shin Jyutsu led to the establishment of the JIN SHIN Jyutsu Austria Association in November 2006 which serves those using Self-Help as well as practitioners.

Despite never advertising Mary found her services to be in high demand, sometimes with a waiting list of over a year to get an appointment. 1986 saw her choose 4 instructors to practice and teach her 5-day workshops; Muriel Carlton, Philomena Dooley, Wayne Hackett, and Pamela Markarian Smith.

Mary taught her first class in Santa Rosa California in 1990 and JIN SHIN JYUTSU Inc. was founded in Scottsdale Arizona, which is now run by her son David Burmeister. 

Mary never spoke of problems, only of projects, so one wouldn’t have a knee problem but a knee project- this choice of words alone brings change and movement in a positive sense. Projects can be tackled, and are solution-oriented.

Jin Shin Jyutsu is renewal on all levels. Today authorized instructors teach from her textbooks worldwide in multiple languages.

Jin Shin Jyutsu helps to change our thoughts and our perceptions and brings us back into harmony.

The Story - Dr. Haruki Kato.

History of Jin Shin Jyutsu - Physio-Philosophy

Dr. Kato considered Jin Shin Jyutsu so powerful that he considered only medical professionals should be allowed to practice it.

Dr. Haruki Kato (1928-2014) was introduced to Master Jiro Murai in 1953 in Japan by Uhachi Iino (Mary’s father). Dr. Haruki’s mother was receiving regular sessions of Jin Shin Jyutsu from Mary’s father and Dr. Haruki Kato was permitted to observe these treatments. He was so impressed by the Art that at the age of 25 Dr. Haruki Kato began studying with Jiro Murai for seven years until he died in 1960. Dr. Haruki later opened a clinic in Japan and published a Japanese Jin Shin textbook in 1993 and authored two English textbooks for practitioners. 

Dr. Haruki taught two classes in English, one in 2002 in Hawaii and the other in Osaka Japan in 2007. 

Today following in his father’s footsteps his only son Sadaki Kato teaches from his father’s texts for Jin Shin Jyustu Inc.

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