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Jin Shin Jyutsu

Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner Jennifer Bradley demonstrates a finger hold.

UK HealthCare has offered Jin Shin Jyutsu as an integrative therapy for cancer patients since 2011. Today, Jin Shin Jyutsu is a valuable tool for patients with a variety of medical conditions looking to improve their physical and emotional well-being.

What is Jin Shin Jyutsu?   

Jin Shin Jyutsu is the ancient art of balancing the body’s energy system through light touch to facilitate healing and restore the body to a more harmonious state of being.

The body contains pathways that feed life energy into all cells and functions. The stressors of daily life – habits, emotions, illness and physical activity – add up over time. They can have adverse effects on the natural flow of energy along these pathways, similar to the way stones inhibit the free movement of water in a stream.

When one or more of these pathways becomes blocked, it can lead to general discomfort in the local area or elsewhere in the body, resulting in physical and/or emotional symptoms. The art of Jin Shin Jyutsu clears the blocks in these energetic pathways, returning them to a more harmonious state.

  • What happens during a Jin Shin Jyutsu session?

    A typical Jin Shin Jyutsu session lasts approximately one hour. The patient lies or sits on a comfortable cushioned surface fully clothed with shoes removed. The practitioner begins the session by “listening” to the energetic pulses in the wrist area. These pulses reveal information about the current state of the body’s energetic system and help determine the course of treatment.

    During the session, the practitioner gently holds specific locations on the body called “safety energy locks” (similar to acupressure or trigger points) in predetermined hand placement sequences known as “flows”. There is no massage or physical manipulation of the body. The touch is light and without pressure.   

  • What are the benefits of Jin Shin Jyutsu?

    The experience of Jin Shin Jyutsu is unique to each individual and each session. The most commonly reported effect is a feeling of deep relaxation of both the body and mind during and after the treatment. Improvements in pain, stress, nausea, and sleep are often reported. Jin Shin Jyutsu’s most pronounced effects are felt within the first eight hours of a completed session. Further long-term effects may be experienced and are unique to the individual.

  • Meet us

    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. Her yoga training includes yoga for individuals living with cancer and other chronic illnesses. Contact her at karen.digirolamo@uky.edu.