• Jin Shin Jyutsu at the Markey Cancer Center

    Jin Shin Jyutsu® is the ancient art of harmonizing the body's energy system. Similar to acupuncture in philosophy and intention, Jin Shin Jyutsu uses light touch rather than needles to assist with pain, stress, nausea and other uncomfortable physical and emotional side effects of cancer treatment.

    Watch a video about Jin Shin Jyutsu and how it is used to help Markey Cancer Center patients.

    Vea un video sobre Jin Shin Jyutsu y cómo se utiliza para ayudar a los pacientes del Markey Cancer Center.


  • Originating in Japan, Jin Shin Jyutsu translates to “The Art of the Creator through Compassionate Man.”

    Our bodies contain many energy pathways that feed life into our cells. When one or more of these paths become blocked, it can cause uncomfortable symptoms. Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioners use light touch on specific areas of the body to open these pathways and restore the body’s energy system to a more harmonious state.

    At Markey, Jin Shin Jyutsu is used to help you with the physical side effects from surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, while at the same time decreasing your stress and enhancing your emotional well-being.

    Jin Shin Jyutsu is available for all cancer patients at the Markey Cancer Center without charge for the first five sessions. During each session, you will lay on a padded table with only your shoes removed while the practitioner applies light touch on certain areas of your body in specific sequences called “flows.” Recipients feel a deep relaxation of the body and mind and may fall asleep during the session. Afterward, your practitioner will discuss the treatment and teach to use light touch on your own to address your specific needs.

    Our Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioners work collaboratively with your oncologists and physicians. We value an open dialogue about your experience with Jin Shin Jyutsu so that we can assist you and others through the cancer journey.

    To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our program, contact Robin Fisher at 859-323-8501 or rafish3@uky.edu.

  • Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help classes 

    Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help classes are offered free of charge on the second Wednesday of each month at Markey and the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. Patients, caregivers, friends and staff are welcome. See the full class schedule.

    Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help resources

    Markey's Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help resources provide more information about managing stress, nausea, sleep and other uncomfortable symptoms.  

    Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help videos

    The short videos below have been developed to assist patients, family and caregivers with the stresses and effects of cancer. Each video includes a presentation and demonstration of Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help you can use for yourself and others. Watch and practice, remembering that what feels good to you is what will assist with your body’s current needs. All Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help videos below are also available on a dedicated YouTube channel. Many have downloadable handouts for written explanation.

    Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Basics
    The most common questions about the application of Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help are answered here.


    Using the Fingers to Harmonize Emotions – Jin Shin Jyutsu
    Use your most powerful Jin Shin Jyutsu tools to calm overwhelming emotions – anytime, anywhere. Download the companion handout to this video.


    Jin Shin Jyutsu for General Stress
    Cancer diagnosis, treatment and our hectic lifestyles contribute to our overall stress. Learn how to use your hands to relax your body, calming anxiety and overwhelm.


    Jin Shin Jyutsu for Sleep
    Do you have difficulty falling or staying asleep? Thoughts and medications can interfere with your sleep, leaving you feeling foggy and fatigued. These simple holds may improve your ability to fall and stay asleep.


    Jin Shin Jyutsu for Nausea
    We discuss specific Jin Shin Jyutsu holds to combat nausea from treatment and illness.


    Jin Shin Jyutsu for Constipation and Diarrhea
    Constipation and diarrhea are common side effects of prescription medications and cancer treatment. Stress also contributes to these effects. These light touch holds may offer assistance with uncomfortable symptoms.


    Jin Shin Jyutsu for Radiation Treatment
    Daily holds that may assist you with side effects from the build-up of radiation. See video Jin Shin Jyutsu for Fatigue to assist with this radiation side effect.


    Jin Shin Jyutsu for Fatigue
    Sleep issues, medications, radiation treatment and stress can all contribute to fatigue in the body. Energize and support your body with this Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help series.


    Opposite Fingers & Toes – Jin Shin Jyutsu
    This simple hold series is a simple yet effective way to relax the body, decrease pain and help after surgery. Some patients report assistance with neuropathy pain and numbness.


    Jin Shin Jyutsu for Post-Surgery Harmonizing
    Surgical anesthesia is a helpful medical tool but it can cause uncomfortable side effects such as headache, nausea, constipation and grogginess. These simple holds, when applied by a caregiver or loved one after surgery, may assist with unwanted effects of anesthesia.


    Jin Shin Jyutsu for Pain Assistance
    Jin Shin Jyutsu for pain assistance may help during times of breakthrough pain, or for individuals who want to reduce their need for pain medications. See Opposite Fingers & Toes video for assistance with pain through relaxation.


    Lymphedema
    Use these simple Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help holds before or at the first sign of lymphedema to keep energy moving through the major lymph areas of the body.


    Jin Shin Jyutsu Comfort Holds for Loved Ones
    Caregivers and family members are often looking for ways to help their loved ones during times of illness and distress. These simple holds relax the body and mind with light touch in a noninvasive way, creating a feeling of deep connection.

  • Jennifer Bradley - Program Leader

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    Jennifer Bradley began training in Jin Shin Jyutsu in 2003 after noting the benefits her sister and later her mother-in-law (both of whom were cancer patients) received through Jin Shin Jyutsu. Jennifer became a full-time practitioner in 2005. While in private practice, Jennifer served as a volunteer with the Markey Cancer Center and Hospice of the Bluegrass/St. Joseph Hospice Care Center. Jennifer developed the Markey Jin Shin Jyutsu program in 2011, with an instrumental grant funding from the Lexington Cancer Foundation.

    Jennifer continues to maintain her private Jin Shin Jyutsu practice in Lexington where she specializes in harmonizing emotional and physical trauma through energy therapy. Jennifer’s other areas of interest include work with infants experiencing natal abstinence syndrome in UK HealthCare’s NICU and children in the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. She is a current member of the Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. Certification Board and is certified in Jin Shin Jyutsu for Animal Companions.

    Jennifer is available to speak to your group about Jin Shin Jyutsu, Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help and the Markey program. You can contact her at jmbradley@uky.edu.

    Karen DiGirolamo

    Karen began her wellness journey as a yoga instructor and massage therapist in the late 1990s. In 2013, Karen received her certificate in Jin Shin Jyutsu and began volunteering at the Markey Cancer Center, working with patients in the chemotherapy clinic. In 2015, Karen joined our permanent Jin Shin Jyutsu staff, working primarily with inpatients at Markey and UK HealthCare. Karen maintains a private practice where she utilizes her knowledge of Jin Shin Jyutsu, craniosacral, lymph and miofacial massage. Her yoga training includes yoga for individuals living with cancer and other chronic illnesses. Contact her at Karen.digiolamo@uky.edu.