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Jin Shin is an ancient therapy believed to be over 3,000 years old from Japan from which a number of therapies, like modern acupressure, acupuncture, reiki and shiatsu are believed to have originated.   It was traditionally passed down from one family member to another.   However, over time, and with medicine being used, it was almost lost as a healing tool.  Jiro Murai rediscovered it in in the 1940's in "The Record of Ancient Things", written in 712 A.D.   He passed this knowledge on to Mary Burmeister, a visiting American of Japanese descent, after the Second World War, who studied this with him for several years.   After she returned to America, she eventually taught this to several students, including Betsy Dayton.   Betsy then set up her own school and called it High Touch (reg) Jin Shin and trained therapists including Heidi Ritz, who at that time lived in the U.K.  I was trained by her in 2006.   Whilst this is usually given as an individual treatment on others, it can also be used for Self Help and by Carers.    I run courses for these.   

Below I give the simplest routines that anyone can use on themselves.   I encourage you to give them a try and to pass this information on to anyone you know who may need it.   None of it is meant to replace medical treatment but to complement it.

Self Help


Dee runs one-day courses regularly on how to treat yourself, using the materials and the booklet produced by Betsy Dayton.   Betsy has also written a very similar booklet for carers to follow, so they can help family and friends.  Treatments are effective and given fully clothed, even over boots.   The most basic flow is given below.   For other self treatments, as given in her booklet and shown on the course, you would need to identify which side of your body needs help most by touching a pair of bi-lateral pulses on your torso.   You will then need to decide which ‘flow’ you would like to do on yourself, taken from the information in her booklet.   This booklet is easy to carry in a pocket or handbag and is especially useful for taking on holiday and in this day and age with travel to exotic locations, miles from medical help.   The booklet forms an essential part of the course material.   There is an index at the back listing over 100 common ailments indicating the relevant ‘flows’ that you can give to yourself and an easy to follow diagram of where all the 26 points are located.


By placing your hands in the set sequence over a number of points on the body and waiting until you feel a pulse at each one, you can release the energy blockages in those areas.   This will help bring a sense of balance back to yourself.   The process is much like using a jumper cable to "jump start" your car.   The energy comes from your own hands.   These ‘flows’ can be learned and used by everyone.

Try doing the Main Central Harmonizer, the most basic flow, on yourself or as a carer on a family member or friend, as described below.   This helps the body’s chakras and is the only flow when you don’t need to worry about which side to treat. 

Step 1: Place your Right hand on top of your head (crown) or that of the recipient

(It needs to remains there until step 8)

Left middle finger tip on third eye

Step 2: Left middle finger on tip of nose

Step 3: Left middle finger tip on "V" of throat

Step 4: Left fingers on sternum, between breasts (heart)

Step 5: Left middle finger tip at base of sternum (solar plexus)

Step 6: Left middle finger on umbilicus

Step 7: Left middle finger on centre of pubic bone

Step 8: Right hand (palm side or back of hand) moves to coccyx, the base of the spine

(Left hand remains on pubic bone)


Step 1: May help to harmonise blood pressure, nervous conditions; revitalise the brain, dissipate senility; support pineal and pituitary glands; hold for insomnia; hold when there is lack of ambition.

Step 2: May help to support the pituitary gland; influence rejuvenation and reproduction of cells and life (both partners hold when having difficulty conceiving).

Step 3: May help to support thyroid and parathyroid glands; aid reproduction, larynx and speech problems; strengthens artistic expression, creativity; hold when feeling irritable.

Step 4: May help strengthen the circulatory system and revitalise lungs (breathing) and pelvic girdle (hip energy); support the thymus gland which is the master gland of the immune system.

Step 5: May help strengthen builders of the blood and harmonise rbc/wbc ratio; control secretions of digestive enzymes & hormones; strengthen the lymphatic and nervous system & improve muscle tone of arms and legs; may harmonise spleen, adrenals, kidneys, liver, gallbladder and pancreas.

Step 6: May help breathing control; strengthen small & large intestines; physical digestion and assimilation and revitalise adrenal glands.

Step 7: May help influence growth, mental competence and the lymphatic system; harmonise reproductive glands and strengthen the spine.

Step 8: May help balance the reproductive organs, ureter

The routine above has been sourced from material given by Betsy Dayton.