Jin Shin Jyutsu for Children
By Carmen Dolz
How often kids come from school feeling ‘not well’. We, the parents, don’t know what’s wrong with them. They are a bit too quiet, or lethargic, or lacking in hunger, or even extremely tired… We don’t think they need to be taken to the doctor but we know they are not themselves.
They are not ill yet but they are not at ease. They are simply out of balance. If left untreated, the ‘unease’ will become a disease. Very often, as parents, we have an understanding of our children that allows us to see they are getting ill way before it happens. We want to give them help before they become ill. We intuitively know that they need a push to get back to equilibrium. However, in the allopathic system that we live in, in the NHS, there’s often nothing we can do but wait helplessly until they DO become ill and then give them a course of antibiotics, some corticosteroids or any other prescriptive drug.
Complementary medicines see this situation in a completely different way. They promote prevention. They support treatments way before something serious happens or the kids gets worse. And this is what parents want, to catch it before it becomes an issue that needs serious pharmaceutical products.
More and more adults these days use acupuncture and see the benefits of this type of therapy. However, they sometimes feel that needles are not good for kids. In fact many acupuncturists won’t treat kids, as they worry that if feeling hurt by needles the kids’ processes of healing would be jeopardized. But there is something as effective as acupuncture that works for children and adults alike. Yes, there is indeed. It is innocuous, friendly yet therapeutic and very effective. It is called Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) and is a touch healing therapy originated in Japan.
It’s not like acupuncture but a form of acupressure, so no fear of needles involved. In common with other Eastern healing practices Jin Shin Jyutsu sees the person in a holistic way, with body mind and spirit interconnected so deeply that what affects us at one level affects the other levels as well.
All Eastern practices, JSJ is one of them, see illnesses as manifestations of an imbalance produced by the presence of a repetitive negative thought, or feeling, an unresolved trauma, a sudden shock. This imbalance can all be corrected with the right treatment, and time.
The longer you have an imbalance, the longer it takes to clear it. And this is why this therapy works so quickly with children because they don’t tend to have issues for very long and when they first present some symptom they are open books that let us know that they are not well.
Jin Shin Jyutsu can treat all sorts of issues: Seasonal changes (caused by sudden weather shifts), emotional upsets (to do with abandonment, loss, shock, etc), lack of energy, cravings, indigestion, a nasty fall… Anything of any kind can trigger a blockage that would weaken the immune system and thus disrupt the internal balance (homeostasis) of the body. Kids are very sensitive, they can get ‘out of tune’ very easily, but by the same token, they can get better very soon. If they are out of kilt, or unhappy with or without a cause, or too tired for not clear reason…they feel that their harmony has been affected and can’t get it back without help.
In the case of adults, the longer you have some issue in your body, the longer it takes to clear it but it can be done. In the case of children, the ‘longer’ is never too long. That is why they can get better really quickly. Just after one, maybe two or three sessions, kids could start feeling themselves again…it’s that simple…and there is a massive bonus: after each session kids are given exercises to start treating themselves when they feel a little bit upset. All these worries, fears, bursts of anger, feelings of sadness, acts of pretence, can become smoother so they stop overwhelming their lives…they will feel strong and happy again…as children naturally are.
There are no side-effects, no feeling worse after the treatment. It is completely innocuous. It always makes children and adults feel completely relaxed after the session. It can helps kids get closer to harmony, however closer or farther from it they are.
Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient art of harmonizing the energy paths in the body:
• It is an effective way of curing many common ailments
• It releases tensions and blockages on the energy pathways
• It feels like an internal massage
• It enhances your body’s ability to heal itself
• It provides you with the tools to treat yourself
• It is relaxing and energizing
• It is a powerful and safe complementary therapy
It works really well both with children and adults alike. Come and try…