When I heard that Tournesol offered Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ), my first thought was, “I didn’t know we taught martial arts here.” JSJ is in fact as far from combat as you can get - it’s an incredibly gentle, peaceful and loving practice. I was lucky enough to experience JSJ for the first time with Patty Bayer Troup, who discovered JSJ as a powerful healing tool during her 30+ years as a trader on Wall Street (yep, she’s pretty badass). Patty now devotes herself fully to practicing this art, on herself, with her private clients and as a volunteer at Hope Lodge and Ronald McDonald House.
Jin Shin Jyutsu has some similarities to Reiki, though the practices differ in some important ways. Both originated in Japan and are focused on harmonizing a person's mind, body, and spirit through gentle touch (neither involve massage or any sort of muscle manipulation). Reiki practitioners place their hands on or near a person's chakras, enabling the person's energy to flow more freely, and there is a specific routine used in every Reiki session. In JSJ the hands are placed on up to 26 locations on each side of the body to enable the energy to flow more freely, and each session is tailored to the individual’s needs. One of the many amazing things about JSJ is that it can be easily practiced on yourself. The best way to reap the most benefits from JSJ is to practice JSJ self-help in between sessions with a trained practitioner.
JSJ can help reduce stress and anxiety, alleviate physical discomforts, boost the immune system, assist the circulatory and nervous systems, and enhance overall health and wellness. I went into my first session without any expectations, open to whatever benefits I might experience. I began to feel relaxed as soon as Patty began, holding my wrists gently to take my pulses - this is how the practitioner decides how best to treat you. She then began to work on the left side of my body. You know when you get a massage and you can feel that the parts on one side that have been worked on are more relaxed than their counterparts? This was a similar experience, except rather than feeling like my left side was melted into the table, it actually felt light, like it was floating. According to Patty, sensations experienced during a session are usually from the release of energy and manifest themselves differently for each person. People usually experience different sensations from session to session as well.
I eventually went into a state of deep relaxation - I felt ALMOST asleep, but without that jarring feeling I often get when I’m drifting in and out of consciousness during a nap or at night before bed. I felt incredibly cared for, and left my session feeling clear-headed, balanced, and relaxed. What struck me most in the days following my treatment was my heightened self-awareness, and my increased dedication to self-care. Patty taught me JSJ self-help, which I practiced on my hands before a call I was nervous to lead, and I also found myself re-committed to my yoga and meditation practice. My session with Patty left me feeling energized and aligned, and I didn’t want that feeling to end!
I can't wait for my next session, and highly recommend you book one for yourself - you won't regret it! To request an appointment with Patty click here!