Japan: Jin Shin Jyutsu
Literally translated as “art of the Creator through man of knowing and compassion,” this Japanese physiophilosophy, which traces it roots back to the mid 500s BCE (and predates Buddha) is the art of harmonizing and balancing the energy of the body, mind and spirit through a type of reflexology/massage.
Jin shin jyutsu aims to release blocks in the body’s energy pathways through light touch on 26 specific “safety energy locks” (or SELs) on either side of the body. “These SELs are located primarily at the joints, shoulders, knees, hips, elbows, fingers, ankles and toes,” explains Teri Meissner, and New York-based integrative wellness practitioner and certified jin shin jyutsu practitioner. Utilizing the technique “induces the relaxation response, calms the nervous system, boosts the circulatory system and decreases symptoms of discomfort, anxiety, stress, nausea and fatigue.”