The basic difference between acupuncture and acupressure is that acupuncture uses needles and acupressure uses finger pressure. Acupuncture is generally more effective when treating acute conditions and internal organ diseases. Jin Shin Do®, on the other hand, uses the same acupoints, yet may be more effective treating muscular tension and emotional distress.
“Jin Shin Do” means “The Way of the Compassionate Spirit.” In a Jin Shin Do® (JSD) session, the acupressurist never loses contact with the client. Therefore, the experience of acupressure could be translated as a more "in the body" experience where you are engaged with your acupressurist throughout the session, even simply on a subconscious level. Constant contact with the client evokes a feeling of being safe, nurtured, and supported.
Verbal Body Focusing techniques may further enhance a session to help the client to connect to their bodymind. Clients may share their feelings and emotions that surface or may experience deep relaxation, perhaps even sleep.
During acupressure, the client may stay fully clothed and in a supine (face up) position on a massage table. To stimulate the flow of energy in the meridians and release tension, an acupressurist will hold a "local" point with one hand, and simultaneously, hold a point at a distance from the local area, or "distal" point. The client may determine the depth of pressure while the acupressurist holds various combinations of acupoints. Acupressure and acupuncture points generally start out more sensitive locally and then become more relaxed as they release. A typical session is 60 or 90 minutes, with 90 minutes being most beneficial to address meridian imbalance and bring the qi and the body into balance.
Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® is a 5-Element based school of acupressure which consists of a unique synthesis of a traditional Japanese acupressure technique, classic Chinese acupuncture theory, Taoist philosophy, Qigong breathing, Reichian segmental theory and principles of Ericksonian psychotherapy. It is based on the "Strange Flows", or "Extraordinary Meridians", which balance the 12 main meridians. The most common form of acupuncture taught in the United States is called Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM. TCM is a physically based system very useful for acute and chronic conditions. Five element acupressure treats people on a constitutional level. "By addressing the root, the whole being can begin to heal itself." Five element acupressure is a mentally, emotionally, and spiritually based medicine.
Typical effects following an acupressure session include improved sleep patterns and digestion, and reduced muscular tension, "body armor", and stress. This leads to harmonious balance of the qi and a sense of peace and vitality.
Jin Shin Do® Acupressure is not intended for the diagnosis, treatment, or cure of a disease. It is recognized as a major form of Asian Bodywork Therapy by NCCAOM® and AOBTA® among others. It is a relaxation therapy, and a useful adjunct to licensed, qualified medical or psychological care.
Find out more at www.jinshindo.org.
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