Article: Health benefits from foot acupressure

There’s an endless and ongoing search for natural methods and alternative medicines which could help treat the many different health conditions and disorders we experience throughout life. People don’t want to always have to rely on modern health options, which tend to involve harsh and expensive pharmaceuticals that often have even worse side effects than the actual issue itself. That’s why so many people are turning to homeopathic remedies in an effort to naturally balance and help heal their body, mind, and spirits.

Out of all the many different treatment methods, one of the top most popular and effective ones come from the ancient Chinese alternative medicine field of acupressure. In a nutshell, acupressure involves the simple act of applying pressure to various points on our bodies and it does wonders to alleviate the aches, pains, tension, and built up stresses on our bodies. Acupressure works by stimulating the thousands of nerves in our hands and feet, thereby increasing blood flow. The average human foot has over 15,000 nerves and they all inter-connect to form a network that reaches different areas of the body, such as our main organs and glands. Many people have found that by using simple acupressure techniques at home they could dramatically relieve pain and discomfort caused by common ailments. All you have to do is find the points on your feet which are associated with the area in which your issue stems from and massage it!

One such point is called the Tai Chong, or LV3 point, which is known for being an effective full-body health booster. To locate the area on your foot go to the gap between your big toe and second toe, move two finger widths back from there, and you should feel a slight depression- that’s the point! So if you feel a hard bone, keep looking because it’s a soft area. By pressing down and applying pressure to this point for at least 2 minutes several times a day, it helps to relieve:

Stress and Anxiety- According to WebMD studies have been done which suggest that the LV3 point helps lessen the negative impacts of depression and anxiety, possibly by lowering subjects overall stress levels and instances of insomnia

Digestion- Nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, hangovers, and indigestion can all be eliminated or improved by massaging the LV3 point, so try it the next time you ever happen to drink too much!

Pain Killer- The LV3 point has been used to alleviate abdominal pain, back pain, menstrual cramps, headaches, and since the point is connected to the liver meridian and lower back it’s also effective at relieving many other sources of bodily pain.

Fight Parkinson’s Disease- There is a report out by the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation which says that “Acupuncture point LV3 has been historically used to treat tremors such as those associated with Parkinson’s disease.” Of course, this involves acupuncture rather than acupressure at the sight, but nonetheless it shows how the point has been used for thousands of years to improve people’s health and even today it could greatly impact modern diseases.

There you have it, a great way for you to massage your body to better health and all you have to do is rub your feet a couple times a day or before bedtime. You’ll automatically feel more relaxed and at ease and while it may sound too good to be true, a daily foot massage may be just what your body needs. Try it tonight and share this with others to help them find comfort and better health in their own lives!



Article: Acupressure effective in helping to treat traumatic brain injury, study suggests

It’s a pity that they call it Jin Shin instead of Jin Shin Jyutsu in this article, but it’s interesting that they have performed this study at the University of Colorado at Boulder anyway.

March 1, 2011
Source:University of Colorado at Boulder
Summary:A new study indicates an ancient form of complementary medicine may be effective in helping to treat people with mild traumatic brain injury, a finding that may have implications for some US war veterans returning home.

A new University of Colorado Boulder study indicates an ancient form of complementary medicine may be effective in helping to treat people with mild traumatic brain injury, a finding that may have implications for some U.S. war veterans returning home.

The study involved a treatment known as acupressure in which one’s fingertips are used to stimulate particular points on a person’s body — points similar to those stimulated with needles in standard acupuncture treatments, said CU-Boulder Professor Theresa Hernandez, lead study author. The results indicate a link between the acupressure treatments and enhanced cognitive function in study subjects with mild traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

“We found that the study subjects with mild traumatic brain injury who were treated with acupressure showed improved cognitive function, scoring significantly better on tests of working memory when compared to the TBI subjects in the placebo control group,” said Hernandez, a professor in CU-Boulder’s psychology and neuroscience department. “This suggests to us that acupressure could be an effective adjunct therapy for those suffering from TBI.”

The acupressure treatment type used in the study is called Jin Shin. For the study, Hernandez and her colleagues targeted the 26 points on the human body used in standard Jin Shin treatments ranging from the head to the feet. The study subjects all received treatments by trained Jin Shin practitioners.

According to practitioners, Jin Shin acupressure points are found along “meridians” running through the body that are associated with specific energy pathways. It is believed that each point is tied to the health of specific body organs, as well as the entire body and brain, Hernandez said.

“Think of the meridians as freeways and the pressure points as towns along the way,” she said. “When there is a traffic jam in Denver that causes adverse effects as far away as Boulder, clearing the energy blocks, or in this case traffic jams, helps improve flow and overall health.”

The study involved 38 study subjects, each of whom was randomly assigned to one of two groups — an experimental group that received active acupressure treatments from trained experts and a control group that received treatments from the same experts on places on the body that are not considered to be acupressure points, acting as a placebo. The study was “blinded,” meaning the researchers collecting data and the study participants themselves did not know who was in the experimental group or the placebo group until the end of the study.

The team used a standard battery of neuropsychological tests to assess the results. In one test known as the Digit Span Test, subjects were asked to repeat strings of numbers after hearing them, in both forward and backward order, to see how many digits they could recall. Those subjects receiving active acupressure treatments showed increased memory function, said Hernandez.

A second standard psychology test used for the study, called the Stroop Task, measured working memory and attention. The test subjects were shown the names of colors like blue, green or red on a computer screen. When the names of the particular colors are viewed on the screen in a different color of ink — like the word “green” spelled out in blue ink — test subjects take longer to name the ink color and the results are more error-prone, according to Hernandez. The Stroop Test subjects in the CU-Boulder study wore special caps wired with electrodes to measure the brain activity tied to specific stimuli. The results showed those who received the active acupressure treatments responded to stimuli more rapidly than those who received the placebo treatments, Hernandez said.

“We were looking at synchronized neural activity in response to a stimulus, and our data suggest the brains of those in the active acupressure group responded differently when compared to those in the placebo acupressure group,” she said.

A paper on the subject was published in the January issue of the Journal of Neurotrauma, a peer-reviewed publication on the latest advances in both clinical and laboratory investigations of traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Co-authors on the study included CU-Boulder’s Kristina McFadden, Kyle Healy, Miranda Dettman, Jesse Kaye and Associate Professor Tiffany Ito of psychology and neuroscience.

Funded by the Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund, the study is believed to be one of the first placebo-controlled studies ever published in a peer-reviewed medical journal showing the benefit of acupressure to treat patients with TBI, Hernandez said.

“We would like to see if the Jin Shin treatment is useful to military veterans returning home with traumatic brain injury, a signature wound prevalent in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Hernandez. The Jin Shin acupressure treatment can be taught to family and friends of those with TBI and can even be used as a self-treatment, which could allow for more independence, she said.

In a 2010 stroke study led by Hernandez, the researchers concluded that Jin Shin acupressure triggered a larger and faster relaxation response during active treatments and a decreased stress response following active treatments compared with what was seen in placebo treatments. Hernandez and her colleagues are embarking on a new study on the use of Jin Shin acupressure in athletes to see if the enhanced relaxation response and decreased stress seen in the stroke study can reduce the likelihood of athletic injury.

In 2002, Hernandez partnered with former Colorado Rep. Todd Saliman to initiate the Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund, a statute that has generated nearly $2 million to the state annually since 2004 from surcharges to traffic offenses like driving while impaired and speeding. Roughly 65 percent of the money goes toward rehabilitation and care services for individuals with TBI, about 30 percent goes for TBI research and 5 percent for TBI education. Because of the statute, nearly 4,000 Colorado citizens with TBI have received care and rehabilitation services for brain injuries.

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The above post is reprinted from materials provided by University of Colorado at BoulderNote: Materials may be edited for content and length.

Journal Reference:

  1. Kristina L. McFadden, Kyle M. Healy, Miranda L. Dettmann, Jesse T. Kaye, Tiffany A. Ito, Theresa D. Hernández. Acupressure as a Non-Pharmacological Intervention for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)Journal of Neurotrauma, 2011; 28 (1): 21 DOI: 10.1089/neu.2010.1515

Acupressure meridians

I am studying a little bit of acupressure too, I find it very interesting to compare the meridians and the Jin Shin Jyutsu flows, there are a lot of things in the meridians and the flows that are the same. And it’s interesting to find out where it’s not the same, and how they think about it.. here’s a meridian chart, so you can compare:

Acupressure class in Bålsta, Sweden

I have been taking a acupressure class for a while now, I am halfway through the class now, we have had lessons 8 (extended) weekends this past year, and we will have 6 more to come in the fall and next spring. I wanted to take this class because there are so many people asking me what’s the difference between acupressure and Jin Shin Jyutsu – halfway through the class I feel like I have somewhat of an answer 🙂 there are a lot of similarities, but there are also differences.

But it also helps me to understand Jin Shin Jyutsu in a deeper way – I was participating in Sadaki Kato’s class two months ago in Los Angeles, and felt that my knowledge of acupressure (the way it is taught in this class) helped me to better understand some of the things he was talking about – and I also have been wondering about some acupuncture points (tsubos) – why those points wasn’t used in JSJ, since they seems to be really important in acupuncture. And I understood at Sadaki’s class that Haruki Kato had incorporated many of those points into JSJ, which was really interesting.

The history of Jin Shin Jyutsu Safety Energy Locks is that not all 26 were used in the beginning, Jiro Murai had 15 from the beginning, then he added SEL 16-22, and then the last 3 years of his life 23-25 came into JSJ. So I was kind of wondering – if Jiro Murai had lived longer, maybe there had been more Safety Energy Locks added to the history of JSJ…. now it was Haruki Kato that added some more – they don’t have a number, but Sadaki Kato talked about them, and they are on the acupuncture meridians.

Anyway, we had our last class-weekend this weekend, and we were having a nice dinner to celebrate “half-time” – this is what the place looked like 🙂

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Nathalie Max Jin Shin Jyutsu selfhelpclass 15-16 Nov, Uppsala

This is the information from Claire Boelhouwers about Nathalie Max’s self-help class in Uppsala, Sweden:

Dear Jin Shin Jyutsu friends!

It is my pleasure to invite you to a Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help class in Uppsala, Sweden on the weekend of the 15/16 November!

Nathalie Max, an authorised Jin Shin Jyutsu instructor, will be here from Paris to lead this course.

The Self-Help course is for review as well as new students… all are warmly welcome!
Nathalie will introduce the basic concepts and daily practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu: To discover or rediscover what you have already in you, the keys to complete harmonization.

The course will be based on Nathalie’s extensive experience of Jin Shin Jyutsu and her knowledge of Mary Burmeister’s Self -Help Book, Jin Shin Jyutsu Is. It will cover:
– Art of Living
– Awareness of Universal Energy
– Source of Life (Getting to know (help) Myself )
– Attitudes
– Basic daily Sequences
– Special Sequences
– Practice on Myself several times per day

Saturday 9.00-17.30
Sunday 8.00-15.30
Price 2 300:-

Contact info and sign up:

And if you want to buy the book before the class, this is the book we are going to use:

and if you want to know a little bit more about Nathalie, here’s a link:

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