What is Acupressure?

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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 (by NCCAOM® and AOBTA® among others).  Originated by psychotherapist Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, JSD 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.


"Acupressure" refers to any technique using finger pressure on "acu-points" to reduce stress and balance the body energy.  An "acupressure" method may be simple and symptomatic, or sophisticated and deeply therapeutic.  Jin Shin Do® covers both ends of this spectrum, for it can be used both as a self-help tool and as a professional therapeutic method.  It brings about pleasurable, deep relaxation and increased awareness of both body and psyche.  Jin Shin Do® contrasts with acupuncture in the absence of needles, and because one individual is touched by another in a highly supportive way which evokes the feeling of  being held, cradles and safe.  It contrasts with Shiatsu in being a more slow-paced method and focusing more on deep release of muscular armoring.

Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® might help to relieve certain problems or discomforts

  • JSD helps balance energy and improve vitality
  • JSD assists the healing process by releasing tension and decreasing stress
  • JSD encourages a sense of increased well-being
  • JSD seeks to support and balance body, mind and spirit

Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® is not intended for the diagnosis, treatment or cure of disease.  It is a relaxation therapy, and a useful adjunct to licensed, qualified medical or psychological care.  For any persistent pain or symptom, even a seemingly minor one, the reader is strongly encouraged to consult a medical doctor.  

When used in conjunction with standard medical treatment, the Jin Shin Do® Acupressure technique can assist the healing process by releasing tension, decreasing stress and encouraging a sense of increased well-being.

Manifesto of Jin Shin Do®

Jin Shin Do® is an evolutionary discipline.  Jin Shin Do® enhances the vital resources of both people involved in the practice, allowing the best expression according to their potential.  The timing and the manner of expression vary, but Jin Shin Do® produces a better quality of life no matter what the age, condition and well-being or distress level of those involved.  Jin Shin Do® Acupressure is not an alternative therapy, nor a non-conventional medicine, nor a therapeutic, sports or aesthetic massage.  Benefits of Jin Shin Do® in terms of symptoms and prevention are not the result of targeted activities or treatment of diseases, but rather of a natural evolutionary process connected to a general improvement of vitality.


For more information on Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® please go to www.jinshindo.org.