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Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®

Jin Shin Do means “The Way of the Compassionate Spirit.” Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® uses gentle yet deep finger pressure on specific acu-points and verbal Body Focusing techniques, to help release “armoring” or chronic tension, balance the “Qi” or energy, and improve vitality. This clothes-on method helps relieve stress and trauma-related problems. A unique synthesis of a traditional Japanese acupressure technique, classic Chinese acupuncture and acupressure theory, Taoist philosophy, Qigong (breathing and exercise techniques), Reichian segmental theory and principles of Ericksonian psychotherapy, it is recognized as a major form of Asian Bodywork Therapy.

Originated by psychotherapist Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® promotes a pleasant trance-like state, in which one can relax and move out of the head and into the body, accessing feelings and inner wisdom. In its most basic form, Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® is a simple, easy to learn, valuable self-help tool that can be shared with family and friends. In the hands of a skilled and sensitive practitioner, it can be a powerful, profoundly effective, transformative tool, which is easily incorporated into other therapeutic methods.


Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® Long Definition

At its basic level, Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® is a relaxation method that can help release physical and emotional tension. In the hands of a trained therapist, this Bodymind Acupressure technique can be used to help release the effects of childhood abuse and other trauma. The work can include the intensity of catharsis, but is characterized by gentleness and non-invasiveness, safety in touch, and a sense of wonder and synchronicity. What makes Jin Shin Do different from other systems of acupressure is its foundational use of the Strange Flows and of Western psychotherapeutic concepts, notably those of Wilhelm Reich. These Eastern and the Western theories are like two lenses through which to view the bodymind. They are the two eyes of Jin Shin Do.

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Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® Five Criteria

Provided by Iona Teeguarden on December 21, 2004

To become a Jin Shin Do® Trademark Licensee & be authorized to teach the Basic Jin Shin Do® class:

1. Required classes

a. Module I; Module II, pt. 1-2; Module IV, pt. 1

b. Intensive Teacher Training Program with Iona

2. Required status with the Jin Shin Do® Foundation

a. Registered Jin Shin Do® Acupressurist

3. Required experience

a. Total of 300 logged experience hours

b. Assisting 2 Basic JSD classes with an authorized JSD teacher (or 1 plus videotapes: see JSD Product Catalog)

4. Required examination

a. Practical exam with Iona

5. Required paper

a. 7 page paper verifying theoretical understanding & including 3 case stories.

Additional requirements to be authorized to teach the entire Jin Shin Do® program:

1. To teach Intermediate Jin Shin Do®

a. Total of 600 experience hours and 2 yr. JSD practice

b. 2 Basic JSD classes taught

c. 2 Intermediate JSD classes assisted (or 1 plus videotapes)

d. Practical exam by an Intermediate JSD teacher

2. To teach Advanced Jin Shin Do® and Module II

a. 2 Intermediate JSD classes taught

b. Assist 2 advanced JSD classes (or 1 plus videotapes)

c. Special project, and practical examinations with Iona

d. "Bodymind Trancework." (Module IV is recommended)

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