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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.

  • Videos

    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.

    Vea nuestros 14 videos de JSJ  de Autoayuda y para los encargados del cuidado del paciente con subtítulos en español aquí.

      Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Videos

      The short videos below have been developed to assist patients, family and caregivers with the effects of cancer and other illness. Each video includes a presentation and demonstration of Jin Shin Jyutsu that you can use for yourself (self help) and others. Watch and practice, remembering that what feels good to you or your loved one is what will assist the 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.

      Vea nuestros 14 videos de Jin Shin Jyutsu de Autoayuda y para los encargados del cuidado del paciente con subtitulos en español.

      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.

    • Meet us

      Jennifer Bradley - Program Leader

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