The origin of Jin Shin Jyutsu

This is from a doc, from David Burmeister

By David Burmeister, Betsie Haar and Anita Willoughby

The forgotten art, recently remembered

The name Jin Shin Jyutsu means “The Art of the Creator through the person of
Compassion.” The healing art that those words represent is based upon our own natural, innate ability to harmonize ourselves using our hands. It is likely that the knowledge of these techniques dates back thousands of years, but it had fallen into obscurity by the twentieth century.

Jiro Murai

Jiro Murai, the originator of Jin Shin Jyutsu, was born in Taiseimura (currently Kaga City) in Ishikawa Prefecture, on the western coast of central Japan in 1886. His family was educated and well established as medical doctors. Their home had an enormous
personal and professional library and it is said that the young Murai read over 10,000
books in his youth. Although Murai’s father and elder brother were physicians, Murai
took another path and received his degree in sericulture engineering (silk production).
As a young man he had a reputation of leading a reckless lifestyle, which included an
excess of eating and drinking. For example, he was an active participant in many
dumpling-eating contests.

In 1912 at age 26, he was diagnosed with a serious illness, which involved his digestive
system. Medical professionals informed him that his illness was terminal. After hearing
this news Murai sought solitude at his family’s remote mountain cabin. He was too weak to travel there on his own and had to be carried to the cabin on a stretcher. There he turned inward to center himself, to gain peace and tranquility as he faced the end of his young life. As he was waiting to die, he began to contemplate various philosophies and spiritual practices. He sat in Zen meditation, focused on breathing, fasted, and practiced mudras he had seen. As he sat in meditation over the course of seven days, he went in and out of consciousness and his body became progressively colder. On the seventh day this cold was lifted and he experienced intense heat, like a stream of fire coursing through his body. When this tremendous heat subsided, he felt no more discomforts. Quiet, calm, and peace encompassed his entire being. He stood up and was able to

Somehow this combination of fasting, meditation, and mudras facilitated his own
spontaneous healing. He devoted his remaining years to the study and understanding of this experience. He dedicated his research for all humanity to Ise Jingu, the Imperial Shinto Shrine at Ise, Japan.

Murai, a true scientist and researcher, returned to the cabin to fast and study and
practice mudras in order to deepen his understanding of his experience and expand his knowledge of what would later become Jin Shin Jyutsu.
He engaged in three-week fasts, which he repeated twelve times over the course of his lifetime. This purification of his body through fasting enabled him to become sensitive to the internal flow of fluids and energy. He illustrated the pathways of these flows and in the process of drawing them he realized they were similar to the Traditional Japanese Medicine acupuncture channels (the Keiraku).

To clarify his understanding of these pathways, he purchased freshly slaughtered cattle heads from the slaughterhouse and immediately dissected them. This provided him an opportunity to study the circulation of the bodily fluids, called Tai-eki in Japanese. He then traced the circulation patterns of Tai-eki inside his own body. With this research he was able to move onto people to test his theories and observe the results. He found two groups to be willing subjects; one group was the homeless people in Ueno Park, (a large park in Tokyo) and the other group was comprised of people considered untouchable. Murai helped these people and they in turn helped him with his research. On a given day Murai would request that everyone with a particular condition, such as a hearing disorder or a respiratory illness, gather so that he could examine, treat, and record his findings. When a volunteer died from an ailment Murai would pay for the funeral. This gave him an opportunity to observe and participate in a dissection before the body was cremated. Murai assisted in at least 18 human dissections, which helps explain his intimate understanding of human anatomy.

Like many early scientists, Murai conducted self-experimentation. Over extended
periods of time he would eat one specific substance or food (for example pine needles, or cabbage) to observe the effects on his body. These experiments helped him understand how food influenced the behavior of the Tai-eki and energy in the channels. From all of this research he developed an adjustment method using the hands placed on two parts of a person’s body. The energy transmitted from the hands enhances the circulation of the Tai-eki and energy in the body.

In the mid 1930’s, Murai gained a reputation for his ability to help people suffering from many different illnesses and was soon practicing with the highest levels of Japanese society, including members of the Imperial Family. In his early years, when Murai practiced on his clients, there were no established routines and no specific locations or points. He worked on the left and right major vertical pathways in accordance with the needs of that particular body, utilizing the left and right major diagonal pathways whenever he wished to guide the flow of Tai-eki to the opposite side. Each Jin Shin Jyutsu session was customized and unique for that one individual at that time.

Thirty-four years after his initial discovery of Jin Shin Jyutsu in 1912, Murai began to
teach. He standardized the complicated information he had compiled through the years into basic principles for those interested in learning. He taught small groups in the students’ homes. The lectures were held once a month and a full series took about three years to complete. After each lecture Murai left his illustrations to be hand copied by one student and then passed along to the others. This process would be completed in time for the next lecture. Murai’s teaching career spanned the last 14 years of his life. Mary Mariko Iino attended one of these lectures and became Murai’s student. Jiro Murai continued to study, practice, and teach up to his death in June 1960.

Mary (Mariko Iino) Burmeister

Although Jiro Murai never left Japan, he wished to make the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu
available to the world. Murai approached a young Japanese-American woman to help
him accomplish this vision.

Born in Seattle, Washington, in 1918, Mary Iino arrived in Japan in the late 1940s to
serve as a translator and study diplomacy. She was at the home of the Sato Family,
teaching English to a group of students, when she was told that Sensei (Teacher) Murai
was coming. When Murai arrived and met Mary, he immediately asked if she would take the gift of Jin Shin Jyutsu back to America. Not knowing what was being offered, but without hesitation, Mary said yes. This began her lifelong journey and dedication to the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Shortly after Mary began to study with Jiro Murai, her father Uhachi Iino, who had been detained in a US internment camp during the war, returned to Japan. He too became a student of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Together, Mary and Uhachi Iino developed a deep and lasting friendship with Jiro Murai.

Mary’s original plan was to remain in Japan to continue her studies with Murai. Mary
consulted with Murai when Gilbert Burmeister, an American whom she met in Japan,
proposed marriage. Murai knew Gilbert, having previously treated him for a serious
ailment, and asked Mary if she loved him. The answer was yes. He told her the life of a mother and householder was of great importance and would help to complete her
training; this advice came as quite a surprise. He promised to stay in touch with her
through correspondence so she could continue her study of Jin Shin Jyutsu. In 1953
Mary Iino left for America, to marry Gilbert and to continue her studies with Murai
through correspondence. Her father, Uhachi Iino, remained in Japan to continue
studying with Murai and work with clients. Uhachi was instrumental in updating Mary
on Murai’s newest discoveries. Murai continued to develop his theories and create
more standardized flows over the remainder of his life.
Mary as a Teacher

After Mary’s return to America she began the next phase of her life as a wife and
mother. In addition to raising her two young children, she studied Jin Shin Jyutsu and
began to work on family and friends. It wasn’t long before the word got out in Los
Angeles of a Japanese woman who had an amazing gift for helping people alleviate their pain and illnesses. Mary soon found herself working from early in the morning until late in the evening, sharing her healing hands with the people who found their way to her

In 1965, 12 years after her return from Japan, Mary began to teach Jin Shin Jyutsu. Her first class was taught to a group of chiropractors who learned of Mary from her
neighbor, May DeFonte, whom she had treated for migraine headaches. Soon scores of
students flocked to her as she began to share the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Using her
background as a translator, Mary found ways to translate Japanese concepts and terms
she had learned from Murai into English. She related the theory and philosophy of Jin
Shin Jyutsu to western concepts. With her friend Patricia Meador, Mary attended
lectures given by Manley Hall in Los Angeles during the 1960s. She studied the ancient
wisdom schools, Greek philosophy and mythology, numerology, astrology, and other
systems that were becoming culturally accepted during the explorations of the 60s, and realized their interconnections to Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Mary taught simplicity, the importance of being in the moment, and the fundamental
importance of the breath to the basic expression of life energy. She shared Murai’s
adjustment (harmonizing) flows, designed to be used regardless of one’s knowledge of
Traditional Chinese/Japanese Medicine. She spoke about the “No Thing”, the ancient
concept of emptiness, and then brought it to life for her students through words and
actions. Like Jiro Murai, her studies and developments in Jin Shin Jyutsu never ended.
One of Mary’s great contributions to the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu was the theory of the
Depths, her integration of both the theoretical and the practical understanding of the
dimensions of universal energy as it transforms into matter. Additionally, Mary placed
considerable emphasis on the practice of self-help. Like Jiro Murai, she believed that
people could be their own source of balance, wellness, and healing. She spent many
years developing the Jin Shin Jyutsu art of self-help, creating practical and simple
applications of Jin Shin Jyutsu on oneself.

In 1987 Mary Burmeister began training instructors to continue the teachings of Jin Shin Jyutsu. In March of 1990 Mary fell at home sustaining a serious head injury, which
abruptly ended her teaching career. On January 27, 2008 Mary Burmeister passed away.

Haruki Kato

Haruki Kato was born prematurely at 7 months, in Tokyo on January 14, 1928. Due to
his parents’ efforts he survived, however because of the resulting complications his
health was severely compromised. Conventional medical treatment was not able to
help him. Because of a relative’s recommendation he was eventually taken to a
medical doctor who practiced acupressure therapy, and within a week of treatment
he was digesting normally and had started to walk. He said, “From our experience, my parents and I became believers in the mysterious power of oriental medicine.”
In his early 20’s Haruki Kato became interested in learning the healing Art of Jin Shin
Jyutsu and in 1953 he attended Murai’s study group and lectures. He became a
prominent student, studying and training with Murai until the end of Murai’s life.
As part of his training with Murai, Kato went to acupuncture school and became a
licensed acupuncturist. This gave him a professional and legal standing in Japanese
society. However his true calling was Jin Shin Jyutsu, and at Murai’s death Kato was
named direct successor in Japan. Kato continued to share Jin Shin Jyutsu in Japan
throughout his lifetime.

Haruki Kato had corresponded with Mary Burmeister for many years after Mary moved
back to the US, helping her to continue her studies and stay current with Murai’s
ongoing research and developments. He first traveled to America to meet Mary in 1992 and then to work with the faculty of Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. Kato also conducted two seminars for Jin Shin Jyutsu students, one in Honolulu and one in Osaka, Japan. In 2014 Haruki Kato passed away, and his son Sadaki joined the Jin Shin Jyutsu Inc. faculty. Sadaki practices in Tokyo and continues to share the material from his father’s Jin Shin Jyutsu Texts, teaching around the world.

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Now Know Myself class in Austin, Texas, July 2018

I just got back to Sweden after spending some time in the US – among other things I participated in the awesome Now Know Myself class in Austin, with Wayne Hackett, Muriel Carlton and Carlos Gutterres – the NKM-class is always different, depending who is in it, and who the instructors are, so as always in classes, there will be some aha-moments  

Next chance for a NKM-class will be in Münich, Germany 31 oct – 4 nov, with Anita Willoughby and Waltraud Riegger-Krause
And next chance in the US will be in Green Bay, WI, 10-14 april 2019, with Jill Marie Pasquinelli and Cynthia Broshi
And also Boston, MA 6-10 nov 2019, with Wayne Hackett Carlos Gutterres and Sara Harper.

You can find more information about the classes here:

Jin Shin Jyutsu classes with Anita Willoughby, Oct 2017 – Oct 2018

I have been in a class about body reading and pulse listening with Anita some years ago, in Germany, and have met her a couple of times during the years, have been getting a session with her in New York City, where she lives (great apartment 🙂 ) and she was also in Uppsala, Sweden for a 5 day class in May earlier this year – I wasn’t able to participate at the time, more than a few hours, but she was getting really good reviews from the students at that class 🙂

Here’s her impersonation of Wonder Woman at that class – showing us (with the help of fancy gloves and socks) how the direction of the energy flows in the body.
Here are the words about her from the website:

Anita Willoughby is a physio-philosopher who has practiced Jin Shin Jytusu for 30 years. While her family and clients are based in New York City, Anita’s ability to quickly create a relaxed learning environment in any cultural context makes her a highly sought-out teacher around the globe. Her wisdom regarding the trinity of body, mind, and spirit arises out of a lifetime of experiential, professional, and spiritual learning. Her experiences as a dancer, mother, and healer, as well as her study of the Kabbalah, provide her with a rich garden of knowledge from which she spontaneously plucks insights when adapting to the particular needs of a group of students.

Compassionate, yet frank, Anita uses her exuberant physicality and sense of humor to teach students the practical application of JSJ in daily life.   Anita instills students with an expansive perspective on JSJ, presenting it not as magic bullet for fixing what’s ‘wrong’, but as an adaptive, fluid way to approach and engage the trinity of body, mind, and spirit, throughout our ever-changing lives.

Anita initially began her teaching relationship with Jin Shin Jyutsu by teaching self-help classes in NYC and working in hospital settings with people with critical labels.  Some of these venues included SHARE  (self-help for women and men with breast and ovarian cancer), Cancer Care Centers at both St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital, the Departments of Rheumatology at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Hospital for Joint Diseases, and the Fibromyalgia Connection at Hospital for Joint Diseases.

and here you can find her classes:

5 day classes:
Red Wing Pottery Museum, Minnesota 29 Nov-3 Dec 2017
New York City 11-15 Jan 2018
Salt Lake City, Utah 6-10 July 2018
Lausanne, Switzerland 21-25 Sep 2018 (In English with French translation)
Schongau, Bavaria 29 Sep-3 Oct 2018 (In English with German translation)
Tigard, Oregon 16-20 Oct 2018

and here’s the special topic classes:

Course Title: Jin Shin Jyutsu and Nervous System (English with Translation to Spanish)

Start Date: October 20, 2017 (Friday)

End Date: October 22, 2017 (Sunday)


Description: Organized by Maria De Lourdes Fernandez Palazuelos
Phone: (011) +52 55777 316 9168 or 5255 2623 0014
Av Antinea 110 A Col Delicias, Cuernavaca, Morelos CP 62330 Mexico

Course Title: 21st Annual The Magic of Jin Shin Jyutsu in the Red Rocks of Sedona – a 5-Day Basic Seminar & Personal Health Retreat with Anita Willoughby

Start Date: January 23, 2018 (Tuesday)

End Date: January 27, 2018 (Saturday)

Location: SEDONA, AZ, USA

Description: Organizer Name: Thea Draaisma
Phone: 928-282-3895
Address: PO Box 113; Sedona, AZ 86339
Co-Organizer Name: John Glascock
Phone: 928-300-5832

This is a Jin Shin Jyutsu 5 Day Basic Seminar which is created to present an introduction and continually expanding experience of the theory and practice of the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu to both beginning as well as returning students.

The Jin shin Jyutsu 5-Day Basic Seminar is for those who want to study and practice Jin Shin Jyutsu and to apply the Art on themselves and others, being the testimony of this simple, profound Art of Living, made known to us by Mary Burmeister and Jiro Murai. These classes are created as both an introduction and continuance of both the theory and practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu for beginning students as well as returning students in that we may share from each other’s experience.

Each 5 day seminar consists of two parts: Part 1, the foundation, introduces the dynamic qualities of the 26 Safety Energy Locks, the Trinity Flows, the concepts of Depths within the body, and the Physio-Philosophy of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Interspersed with lecture are ample periods of hands-on application.

Part 2 (prerequisite: Part 1) introduces the 12 organ flows, listening to pulses, the Special Body Flows and how these contribute to harmonizing body, mind and spirit.

As your class Organizers we are here to facilitate and support the class and your experience of it. If you have any questions about Jin Shin Jyutsu, this class, or Sedona please contact us at, or call 928-300-5832.


Here’s a Wonderful Opportunity to Change-Up Winter 2018 for Yourself and a Friend, or Colleague… You are cordially invite you to book yourself and a friend, or JSJ client into beautiful Sedona, Arizona this January 2018 and join us when we host Jin Shin Jyutsu Instructor Anita Willoughby at the magnificent Sedona Elks Lodge for the 21st Annual Magical Jin Shin Jyutsu Basic 5 day Seminar & Personal Health Retreat in the Splendor of Sedona’s Red Rocks! (click to see a short video of Anita speaking about how sharing Jin Shin Jyutsu )… And please consider adding in a day or two on either side of your time here to allow yourself the chance to fully absorb a week of Jin Shin Jyutsu and Sedona’s Sunny, average 55-65 degree January weather, most Amazing Natural Beauty and Diverse Recreational Activities!

Keeping in mind that Winter in Sedona, due to its beauty and soft weather, is in a bit of “High Season” and the (limited number of) best room rates are always the 1st to get booked out. So please plan your trip as Soon As You Can and Register for class to allow for the best selection of great accommodations 🙂

SO PLEASE REGISTER NOW FOR THIS CLASS TO RESERVE YOUR CLASS SEAT AND LOCK IN YOUR 10% EARLY BIRD TUITION SAVINGS & we’ll remind you to PAY LATER (by November 24rd 2017). For a limited time your Early Bird Registration will provide 10% Tuition Discounts as long as your tuition is paid in full by November 24th 2017.

For Complete Information about this Class, Anita Willoughby, Everything we can think of about Sedona and to REGISTER FOR THIS WONDERFUL CLASS: Please Click On, or Select & Paste the following Link into your browser: Sedona 2018 JSJ 5 Day Class Brochure

Also feel free to visit and join our Sedona Jin Shin Jyutsu Facebook Group: JSJSedona – or Select & Paste the following Facebook Link to our Group into your browser: JSJSedona Face Book Group Page

If you have any questions that the class brochure (link above) does not cover please call, or email us directly: 928-300-5832

We look forward to seeing you and a friend or two at this class!

Warm regards, Johnnie & Thea

Early Bird Eligible ends on November 24, 2017

Course Title: The Brain, Nervous System, MCV

Start Date: June 22, 2018 (Friday)

End Date: June 24, 2018 (Sunday)

Location: Long Beach, CA, USA

Description: Organized by: Susan Galvao
Phone: 562-896-8165, 562-342-9326
Address: 6237 Riviera Circle

Early Bird Eligible ends on April 23, 2018



5 day JSJ class with Anita Willoughby, Uppsala, Sweden (June 2017)

Anita Willoughby is in Uppsala (Sweden) right now, for a 5 day class – here are some photos from the first day of class, Anita is showing us how the energy is flowing in the body, with the help of her fancy gloves and socks, impersonating Wonder Woman 🙂


JSJ 5 day class with Anita Willoughby, Uppsala, Sweden 2-6 June 2016

JIN SHIN JYUTSU physio- philosophy

                             5 day seminar in Uppsala, Sweden

                             June 2 – June 6  2017

presented by: Anita Willoughby


Dear Jin Shin Jyutsu Friends

It is with great pleasure and anticipation that I invite you to our forth 5 day basic Jin Shin Jyutsu seminar in Uppsala. Many of you will be doing this class for the third time and will be receiving your Practitioner Level Attendance Certificate from Scottsdale when you complete the class!!

The seminar will cover the following:

Part 1

DAY 1-3

The foundation: Introduces the dynamic qualities of the 26 Safety Energy Locks, the Trinity Flows, the concepts of Depths of energy within the body and the physio-philosophy of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Interspersed with the lecture are ample periods of hands-on application.

Part 2

DAY 4and 5

Introduces the 12 Organ Flows, Listening to the Pulse, the Special Body Flows and how these contribute to harmonising body, mind and spirit. Interspersed with the lecture are ample periods of hands-on application.

This year a very loved and experienced faculty member, Anita Willoughby, will be travelling here from New York City to present us with her deep knowledge and experience of Jin Shin Jyutsu physio-philosophy. Please read more about Anita in the attached file.


New students:

Part 1   3900,-SEK      Part 2  2600,-SEK  Text books are included in the fees.

As a new student we recommend you attend both Part 1 and 2. However, if you cannot, you may choose to attend only Part 1, however Part 1 is a requisite for Part 2.

Review students:

Part 1  2535,-SEK    Part 2   1690,-SEK

As a review student you may choose to do both Parts 1 and 2, or either Part 1 or Part 2.

A deposit of 700 SEK will secure your place in the class. Refund of deposit will be given until 2 May 2017.

I need to know how many students are definitely coming by latest Sunday 16 April, so Anita and I can decide if the course will take place. She travels from New York and needs to book tickets in good time. Please email me as soon as you have decided.


Please pay your deposit into the following account, or SWISH 0733 906 259

NB: Please remember to write your name so I know who has paid. Thanks.

If you prefer to pay the rest of the fee into this account please do so no later than a week before the class. You may pay the balance in cash on the morning of the class. Bank payment is preferred. 😉

Handelsbanken Uppsala city : Claire Boelhouwers

clearing number: 6501

swift bic: HANDSESS

account number; 668 804 882

So to register for the seminar please write me an email AND send a deposit.

I need your full name and address as well please for the Scottsdale office.

 Venue:  Shen Dao Health Center, 16 Vretgränd, Uppsala, Sweden.


If you have a treatment table and/ or are able to bring a set of sheets can you please let me know. Thank you!

Please feel free to come with any requests or comments!

Warm greetings

Claire Boelhouwers

Jin Shin Jyutsu special topic classes 2016-2017

I’ve just checked out the new classes on the page – there’s a lot of interesting classes posted there now, make sure to check them out, so you don’t miss anything! 🙂
The list would be to long to post here, but here’s the link to the special topics:

Here are some themes for the classes:

“Pages 42 and 43 of Text 2, Describe the Stages of Human Development”

“What do I do for…?”

“The Main Central”

Pulse Listening and Body Reading: getting to know the Ecosystem of the body by understanding the 6-Pointed Star and the Lumbar Circle.

Jumper Cable Energy


The Three methods Of correction and How they Harmonize the Essence of the Trinity Flow

“Pulse Listening: The Ecosystem of the Body & How we Hear and Understand it Through the Pulses”

“Exploring the different levels of JSJ in the text books.”

Relationships between the depths in the head, the brain, the spine and nervous system

Drawing The Organ Flows

Physio-Philosophy and Body Reading

Spine, Brain and Nervous System

“The Main Central and the Endocrine system”

“Understanding the Anatomy & Physiology of the Skeletal System and its relationship to the 5th Depth and the location of the Saftey Energy Locks”

“The Language of the Body and 12 Organ Function Energy. Anatomy and Physiology in the Light of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Applied to the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu”

“Listen to the song, dance, vision, anatomy, mathematics and magic of the pulses”

Jin Shin Jyutsu, Astrology, and Numerology – A Sacred Dance

12 Organ Flow Class

“Critical Labels”

“Endocrine System: Anatomy, Physiology and Jin Shin Jyutsu”

“Philosophy of Relationships”

“The Spine”

 “The Story of Creation in Jin Shin Jyutsu – Understanding the Depths”

“Pregnancy, Baby and Co”

“The Symbolism of the Planet and Zodiac Signs and Their Meaning for the Practice”

How do I find the Cause of the Cause

” The Microcosm of the Macrocosm: Answering the question of Evolving & Developing of Man, Now Know Myself, The Answer Sheet”

“All is in the Fingers”

Jin Shin Jyutsu and Nervous System

“Physio-Philosophy of Mary Burmeister”

“SEL 3 and the Immune System. The Door to Understanding Psychoneuroimmunology and Autoimmune projects. A Jin Shin Jyutsu perspective”

“Bust, Waist and Hip Lines”


Jin Shin Jyutsu blogpost from jsjnashville (Sarah W Anderson)

Here’s a blogpost from, and some information about Sarah W Anderson – I met her quite recently at a Now Know Myself class in Kentucky:

Why I practice Jin Shin Jyutsu

Sometimes it’s helpful to zoom out and examine why I do something every day.  Why did I start taking Jin Shin Jyutsu classes almost 20 years ago? Why do I continue to practice self-help every day like clockwork? Why do I love giving and receiving sessions so much and taking classes and learning more about this Art?

I think it’s related to my overall path as a spiritual seeker. When I first heard about Jin Shin Jyutsu from my aunt, a Reiki practitioner and seeker, and later took my first JSJ class, it opened up a worldview to me that was previously unknown. It explained how my body, its every detail and nuance, is directly connected to the greater Cosmos and ultimately, to the Divine Source. This relationship became so profound to me and so powerful that it compelled me to learn more and more and to transcend my limited understanding of who I am.

Now that JSJ is so integrated into my daily life and understanding of myself and others, I literally do not know what I would do without it.

Lately, I’ve been waking up between 2 and 4am and practicing JSJ for about an hour in order to get my body-mind back in harmony. I guess I’m moving through some “stuff” right now, but without self-help, I’m not sure how I would relax enough to get through this time.  I could take pills and supplements (and I’m going to try a new supplement tonight, actually!), but to me, the transformative power of energy work exists at a higher frequency than most supplements, so the energy I’m able to move is more significant and powerful than simply relaxing myself and going back to sleep.

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I just need to take something to get better sleep and relax….But that approach simply does not resonate with me as much as understanding the underlying Root of the issue (for me, it’s usually related to the 6th Depth being out of balance).

I hope to get over this insomnia issue soon, but if I don’t, I truly have faith that I’m moving through it for a reason.  And that the tool of Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help is a gift I’ve received in order to walk through it with more grace and power than I otherwise would have.  I feel grateful not to feel helpless in the face of stress and anxiety, and I love sharing this gift with anyone who is open to it!

And the information about Sarah:

My journey with Jin Shin Jyutsu began in 1997, when I took a 5-day basic seminar with Lynne Pflueger. Lynne told the class that she is from a “medical family” and was initially skeptical of anything alternative or non-mainstream. It wasn’t until she received JSJ sessions from Mary Burmeister (who brought JSJ to the U.S.) for a knee injury that she began to understand its benefits and devoted her life to the study and practice of the art.

After Lynne’s class, I was hooked. This art, which has many names, including “Physio-philosophy,” seemed to bring two worlds together: the physical world of healing and restoring wellness, and the spiritual world of seeking unity with all things. Mary taught that “The truth is that within each one of us lies the power to cast all misery aside and to KNOW complete Peace and Oneness-to BE that beautiful creation of perfect harmony-to truly KNOW (Help) MYSELF” (Text I, page 1). As a dancer and kinesthetically-oriented person, I found it miraculous that through very light, simple touch on various areas of the body, mental/emotional, physical, and spiritual harmony could be restored.

Since Lynn’s class, I have studied with Matthias Roth, Anita Willoughby, Philomena Dooley, Jed Schwartz, Sara Harper, and Cynthia Broshi. I became a class organizer in 2013. The beauty of Jin Shin Jyutsu is that it is completely “individualized” for each person, since it is innate to all of us. Thus, each instructor or practitioner captures and communicates unique aspects of the Art and shares these insights with students. There is no end to learning and exploration of Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Jin Shin Jyutsu is, for me, a gift that I offer to myself every day. Its benefits are most noticeable when I’m experiencing some kind of “disharmony,” such as anxiety, muscle tension, getting a cold, feeling depressed or angry, or simply needing to find center.

When I experience these states of mind, body, and spirit, I trust, through years of practice and faith, that if I listen to my body, it will tell me exactly what I need to do to restore balance and flow. I describe some of my daily experiences with JSJ in a self-help blog, which articulates how I integrate the practice into daily life. I also published an essay about my journey with JSJ in the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute newsletter.


I offer Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions in Nashville and surrounding areas. Sessions can offer support to the receiver in his or her unfolding process. That process may focus on a physical, emotional, or spiritual project during the session. Each person’s being is aware of what is needed.

Sarah W. Anderson, LMSW

REMINDER – 5-Day Jin Shin Jyutsu Basic Seminar IRELAND Instructor: Anita Willoughby, 17 to 21 February 2016

I got an email from Norrie Dooley:

Dear Jin Shin Jyutsu student,

Happy New Year !

With the holidays, our Spring class with Anita seems to have come around quickly. We would like to get our numbers together and would appreciate if you could let us know as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

This year’s 5 day seminar takes place in The Shirley Arms Hotel, Main St., Carrickmacross,  County Monaghan, presented by Anita Willoughby.

The seminar runs from Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st February 2016.
The venue is  approximately 1 hour drive north of Dublin airport and can be reached easily by public transport. Detailed travel information is available on request.
Carrickmacross is a picturesque town which is nestled in the drumlin hills of County Monaghan, made famous by the poet, Patrick Kavanagh.

There are a number of hotels and B&Bs in the area (please see attached list).  Accommodation charges vary from Approx Eur 35 to Eur 40 for B&B to Eur 75 to Eur 90 for 4 Star Hotel for a single room per night including breakfast.  The venue is offering a single room at Eur 85 and Eur 90 per night and a double room at Eur 120 and Eur 130 per room per night. Please book accommodation directly and we advise to book early.

Please find brochure and enrolment form attached which you can fill in and return to me.

The enrolment form is a ‘text document’ that can be edited with Notepad for Windows and with TextEdit (or Textmate) for Mac.
Please detach the file from your e-mail, edit it and return to me at or print it out, fill it in, scan it and then e-mail it or send it by post (snail mail).

If you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to meeting you in February.
Norrie and Tom.

Norrie Dooley, Organiser,  +353 87 6717742
Tom Larney, Co-Organiser,  +353 87 6174735


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  1.    *   Brochure
  2.   *   Enrolment form
  3.   *   Accommodation List
  4.   *    Accommodation Map

Jin Shin Jyutsu � Seminar Ireland 17th to 21st February 2016 – Enrolment Form




Home Phone: Mobile phone:
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e-mail address:

(Mark ‘x’ in box(es) as appropriate)

New Student:  Part I:   Euro  420 [   ]  Wed 17, Thurs 18, Fri 19 Feb
Part II:  Euro  280 [   ]    Sat 20, Sun 21 Feb
Total 700

Review Student: Part I:   Euro  300 [   ]    Wed 17, Thurs 18, Fri 19 Feb
Part II:  Euro  200 [   ]    Sat 20, Sun 21 Feb
Total 500

As a review student I have attended the following number of �5 day� classes:
One [   ]     Two [   ]    Three or more – please note number attended [   ]

I can bring a massage table [   ]       I can bring linen [   ]

Payment methods:

Euro cheque, Bank Draft or Electronic Bank Transfer:
Please send a booking deposit of �100 made payable to Norrie Dooley,
fully-refundable until 1st Feb 2016.

If possible full payment would be greatly appreciated two weeks
prior to seminar i.e. by the 3rd Feb 2016.

Credit Card:
Note: The total Course Fee will be taken from your credit card account
at registration on the first morning of the course.
The deposit is only taken from the credit card account in the event
of a cancellation after 1st Feb 2016.
Credit cards are processed in US Dollars equivalent, which will
produce a variance from the above rates due to exchange rate
fluctuations and differences.
print out this form and post it to Norrie at the address below.

Card Type: (VISA, AMEX etc.)
Name on Credit Card:
Expiry Date:
Credit Card number:
3-digit CVV2 security code
on the back of your card        ————————-

Organiser:      Norrie Dooley,                       Co-Organiser: Tom Larney
Postal address: Coolderry,Inniskeen,Dundalk,         Mobile: +353 87 6174735
Co. Louth, Ireland.
Mobile:         +353 87 6717742

New Jin Shin Jyutsu classes with Sadaki Kato 2016

I was at a class with Sadaki Kato in Los Angeles last March, and highly recommend his classes if you have a chance to go, there’s so much new information he can share with us. There are some pre-requisites – you have to have participated in seven 5-day classes or five 5-day classes, plus a Now Know Myself or Journey Continues Class. He doesn’t give many classes, so take your chance when you can!


At the moment there’s only two classes at the website for 2016, one in Ireland and one in Germany, and it’s probably the only classes that will be scheduled in 2016 :
Course Title: Special Jin Shin Jyutsu 5 Day Kato Text training (in Japanese with English translation)
Start Date: June 26, 2016 (Sunday) End Date: June 30, 2016 (Thursday)
Organized by Norrie Dooley
Phone: (353) 87-6717742
Coolderry, Inniskeen, Co, Louth, Ireland
Co-Organized by Tom Larney
Phone: (353) 87-6714735
Notes: PREREQUISITES: Seven 5-Day classes
or Five 5-Day classes, plus a NKM or Journey Continues Class.
Tuition: New: Eur 700 , Review Eur 500 (if taken classes with him, or his father Haruki Kato)


Course Title: Special Jin Shin Jyutsu 5 Day Kato Text training (in Japanese with German translation)
Start Date: October 28, 2016 (Friday) End Date: November 01, 2016 (Tuesday)
Organized by Klaus-Rainer Boesch & Ute Xander-
Phone: (+43) (0)-228-234598
Fax: (+43) (0)-228-239404
Quirinstr.30, D-53129 Bonn
Notes: PREREQUISITES: Seven 5-Day classes
or Five 5-Day classes, plus a NKM or Journey Continues Class.
Tuition: New: Eur 850, Review Eur 555 (if taken classes with him, or his father Haruki Kato)

I have been in Carrickmacross for a Living the Art class (with Mona Harris) some years ago, it is a charming little village out at the countryside, very nice! And Norrie Dooley, the organizer, is a very nice person too, and the Irish Jin Shin Jyutsu people I have met are very nice too (there has been a lot of them coming to Sweden for our classes) so there’s a lot of reasons for going to Ireland 🙂
And if you can’t participate in Sadaki Kato’s class, Norrie is organizing a 5 day class with Anita Willoughby, 17-21 February, so that’s another chance to experience the lovely countryside in Carrickmacross.

And since Sadaki Kato speaks Japanese the class in Ireland will of course be translated into English – this is your only chance this year to find a class with him in English. The class in Germany will of course be translated into German 🙂
And Klaus-Rainer and Ute are lovely people too, so if you understand German, you’ll have to go to Bonn 🙂


New Jin Shin Jyutsu classes with Anita Willoughby

I was browsing through all the new classes for next year just the other day, and am sorry that I don’t have time or the money to go to all of them – there’s a lot of interesting classes out there 🙂
I’m going to share/recommend some of the classes I really want to go to anyway, hopefully you will be able to go to some of them!

I’ve been to a class with Anita Willoughby some years ago (pulse and body reading), and I had the opportunity to get a Jin Shin Jyutsu session with her in her home in New York City, a really nice experience. And I also met her at the Jin Shin Jyutsu organizers meeting in the south of Germany last summer, she is a very nice person, so you won’t regret taking a class with her, you will learn a lot and have a good time!

Here are some words about her from the website:
Anita Willoughby is a physio-philosopher who has practiced Jin Shin Jytusu for 30 years. While her family and clients are based in New York City, Anita’s ability to quickly create a relaxed learning environment in any cultural context makes her a highly sought-out teacher around the globe. Her wisdom regarding the trinity of body, mind, and spirit arises out of a lifetime of experiential, professional, and spiritual learning. Her experiences as a dancer, mother, and healer, as well as her study of the Kabbalah, provide her with a rich garden of knowledge from which she spontaneously plucks insights when adapting to the particular needs of a group of students.

Compassionate, yet frank, Anita uses her exuberant physicality and sense of humor to teach students the practical application of JSJ in daily life.   Anita instills students with an expansive perspective on JSJ, presenting it not as magic bullet for fixing what’s ‘wrong’, but as an adaptive, fluid way to approach and engage the trinity of body, mind, and spirit, throughout our ever-changing lives.

Anita initially began her teaching relationship with Jin Shin Jyutsu by teaching self-help classes in NYC and working in hospital settings with people with critical labels.  Some of these venues included SHARE  (self-help for women and men with breast and ovarian cancer), Cancer Care Centers at both St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital, the Departments of Rheumatology at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Hospital for Joint Diseases, and the Fibromyalgia Connection at Hospital for Joint Diseases.

And here’s the link to all her classes:


She will give a 5 day class in Ireland in February, in the charming small village Carrickmacross, I’ve been there too, and can really recommend that experience too 🙂 Here’s the information about that class:
Start Date: February 13, 2016 (Saturday) End Date: February 17, 2016 (Wednesday)
Organized by Norrie Dooley
Phone: (011) +353-87-6717742, Email:
Coolderry, Inniskeen, Co. Louth, Ireland
Co-Organizer: Tom Larney
Phone: (011) +353-87-6174735

Other than 5 day classes she  have some other themes for classes, at the moment these are at the website:
(these has already happened, but it’s interesting to see what she can talk about)
“The Health Of the Total Body through the Structure of the 7 Cervical Vertebrae”
“Exploring the Diagonal Mediator Universal Harmonizing Energy through studying its movement and playing with the attitudes. ”
“JSJ and the 9 months in the womb”

and these will happen in 2016:
Course Title: Diagonal Mediator: Water: LIFE
Start Date: April 08, 2016 (Friday) End Date: April 10, 2016 (Sunday)
Location: Austin
Organizer Name: Jennifer Say
Phone / Fax: 512-784-4775
Address: 4620 W. William Cannon Drive Austin TX 78749
Co-Organizer Name: Louie Graham
Co-Organizer Phone / Fax: 512-560-6306
Co-Organizer Email:
Notes: Course Description: The Diagonal Mediator Universal Harmonizing Energy (DMUHE) is associated with the element water, which is associated with LIFE. Our attitudes have a profound chemical influence in our bodies and are one of the substances that the DMUHE dissolves, as the universal solvent, water. We will practice listening to the body’s natural rhythm of movement and growth, which is facilitated by the effortless movement of our attitudes and of the DMUHE.

Course Title: “2nd and 1st depth, the manifestation of LIGHT on EARTH”
Start Date: April 29, 2016 (Friday) End Date: May 01, 2016 (Sunday)
Organized by Marianne Lörcher
Phone: (011) +41-81-544-0023 or (011) +41-79-261-1409
Bahnhofstrasse 43, CH-9475 Sevelen Allmeinastr. 11 FL-9497 Triesenberg Switzerland

Course Title: “The Brain, Nervous System and the Spine: On a physical level we know the brain, spinal cord and nervous system are complex and important systems in our body. We’ll study depths on the head, the brain, the nervous system and Pp.38-38, Text 1 to view more
Start Date: June 24, 2016 (Friday) End Date: June 26, 2016 (Sunday)
Location: Mount Shasta, CA
Organizer Name: Barbara Semple
Phone / Fax: 530-926-0804
Address:POB 480, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067
Notes: Pre-Requisite: One full 5-Day Basic Seminar.
Each student will receive two hands-on sessions per day.

Course Title: “From Pulse to Practice: Refining our listening and observing skills to decide on the best possible treatment path”
Start Date: August 15, 2016 (Monday) End Date: August 17, 2016 (Wednesday)
Location: Santa Barbara
Organizer Name: Liz Stockdill
Phone / Fax: 805-962-3019
Address:1633 B Loma Street Santa Barbara CA 93103-2021
Notes: New venue! Class takes place in a wooded retreat setting in the Montecito foothills of Santa Barbara. Affordable accommodations include meals, and single, double or multiple occupancy with private baths.

Course Title: The Three methods Of correction and How they Harmonize the Essence of the Trinity Flow
Start Date: October 07, 2016 (Friday) End Date: October 09, 2016 (Sunday)
Organized by Karin Weick
Phone: (011) +49-7731-827735, Email:
Schneckenweg 1, D-78244 Gottmadingen, Germany
Co-Organizer: Andrea Kropat
Phone: (011) +49-7731-976393

Course Title: Relationships between the depths in the head, the brain, the spine and nervous system”
Start Date: October 14, 2016 (Friday) End Date: October 16, 2016 (Sunday)
Organized by Christine Hug
Phone: (011) +41-71-8865114,
Platz 234, CH-9428 Walzenhausen, Switzerland
Co-organizer: Maria Anna Zündt
Phone: (011) +43-5522-44306
Bachmann Muhle-Weg 4, A-6830 Rankweil

Course Title: Spine, Brain and Nervous System
Start Date: November 04, 2016 (Friday) End Date: November 06, 2016 (Sunday)
Location: TBD
Organizer Name:Donna Tkachyk
Phone / Fax:216-287-4635
Address:16701 Larchwood Ave Cleve, OH 44135 Co-Organizer Name: Kathy Jerman Co-Organizer Phone / Fax:440-237-0383

And here are all her classes, there’s a lot of 5 day classes too:


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