Hands On Health Jin Shin Do® and Jin Shin Jyutsu® Traditional Acupressure

Common Questions

Which therapy is right for me Acupressure or Jin Shin Jyutsu?

Everyone will receive benefit from either system. However, one may be more appropriate for you at any point in time. This decision is made when I assess your personal needs. Commonly, both systems are integrated into one session for maximum results.

What is the difference between Acupressure and Jin Shin Jyutsu?

Acupressure works on acupoints - gateways on the energy lines associated with the 12 internal organs. Jin Shin Jyutsu works on safety energy locks - gateways on the deeper energy lines as well as the 12 internal organ energy lines.

Do Acupressure and Jin Shin Jyutsu feel different to receive?

The differences are subtle. Acupoints are smaller and slightly more pressure is used here, than on safety energy locks which have a larger diameter. The safety energy locks are generally held from a longer time than acupoints. In both cases, you may feel bodily sensations including tingling and heat as the body re-balances.

Can I book specifically to have Acupressure or Jin Shin Jyutsu?

Yes. However, most clients prefer me to work with one or both according to my assessment of their needs at that time.

Are the benefits all in the mind, i.e. placebo?

No. Tension which accumulates in the body is the first sign of disease. Acupressure and Jin Shin Jyutsu work to unblock these areas so that the circulation and natural energy can flow more freely. This promotes the body to heal and improves overall health and well-being.

Will the therapy hurt?

No. Hands On Health specialises in the gentle styles of Acupressure and Jin Shin Jyutsu, which involve holding different combinations of points. Receiving a session is very relaxing and enjoyable!

How can you work through my clothes?

This style of therapy is highly effective by locating the points through clothing. The practitioner can sense changes in the points which signify both blockage and release.

What should I wear to the session?

Loose, comfortable clothing made of at least 50% natural fibres is recommended. This enables the skin to breathe freely and the energy to move un-impeded throughout the body.

Should I eat before my session?

A light meal or snack is advised a couple of hours before the session. If you eat a large meal before the session a lot of your body's energy will be focused on digesting your food instead of healing your body! Equally, a meal directly after a session is not recommended for the same reason.

Does your training in complementary therapy conflict with your training in western medicine?

My knowledge of western medicine is a great asset. It enables me to understand in depth a person's health on the physical level and western approaches to treatment including side effects of drugs.

Can you cure everything?

Acupressure and Jin Shin Jyutsu stimulate and facilitate the body's natural healing capabilities. As a practitioner I work in partnership with my client. Regular sessions with the provision of self-help can provide symptommatic relief and, in some cases, remarkable changes in disease status. Given the right environment, the human body can heal itself of almost anything.

Can it help my asthma?

Acupressure can provide temporary relief of asthma symptoms. Regular therapy combined with self-help points taught during sessions can help ensure you remain as well as possible.

Will I feel better straight away?

The response to a session is unique to each individual. Conditions of muscular tension are generally the quickest to resolve. The more chronic a condition the longer it will take to get better, though improvement in symptoms may be almost immediate.

Is there any point in having therapy if I feel well?

Definitely! Acupressure and Jin Shin Jyutsu therapy is an excellent tool to keep you in peak condition and prevent the onset of disease. Prevention is better than cure.

What is the difference between acupressure and acupuncture?

An acupressurist works with the same points used in acupuncture - called acupoints - but stimulates these healing sites with finger pressure, rather than inserting fine needles. Using touch enables the practitioner to feel closely the changes in the points which signal they have unblocked. The acupressure therapist is therefore constantly assessing the client throughout the session and adjusting the therapy in relation to these changes. This ensures you receive maximum benefit.

Is there anything I can do to help myself?

Yes. If you would like to do more to improve your health, part of the session can include one or more of the following: self-help acupressure points and/or Jin Shin Jyutsu techniques, exercises, advice on lifestyle changes and balancing your diet according to your needs based on five element theory.

Will I need more than one session?

This depends on how you are and what you would like to gain from the therapy. One session can make you feel great! However, generally sequential sessions have an 'add-on' effect and the recommended course is 4 to 6 weekly sessions. Most people have a lot of tension and stress in the body which needs to be mobilised before healing can take place on a deeper and more permanent level.

Caroline Le Maistre BSc Hons, PGCE, HNC, CAT
Hands On Health, 13 Colomberie, St Helier, Jersey
Telephone (01534) 745535
eMail caroline@handsonhealth.je