Originated by psychotherapist Iona Marsaa Teeguarden beginning in the 1970s, Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® is a unique synthesis of traditional Japanese acupressure technique, classic Chinese acupuncture and acupressure theory, Taoist philosophy, Qigong, Reichian segmental theory and principles of Ericksonian psychotherapy. JSD® Acupressure uses gentle, yet deep finger pressure on specific acu-points to help release “armoring” or chronic tension, balance the “Qi” or energy, and improve vitality.
You might ask, How is a "trance-like" state evoked by receiving Jin Shin Do® Acupressure? In 1985 at a Psychotherapy Conference, Teeguarden discovered that trance describes the "relaxed state of increased awareness" she had experienced receiving and giving Jin Shin Do® Acupressure sessions. A trance state is essentially "a meditative state, usually including muscular relaxation, heightened awareness, slowing of the breathing and pulse rate, and at times eyelid flutter, tearing, tiny muscle movements, tingling, and time distortion."
In the 1930s, Austrian Dr. William Reich discovered "orgone energy", a "life-force" energy that he believed is shared by all living beings. He called the study of it Orgonomy and he defined Orgonomy as being the science of cosmic orgone energy. Reich believed that muscular tension or body "armor" reflects psychological armoring; that the orgone energy charge in the human biosystem was expressed in emotion and sexuality and could be measured in a biolectrical way. This phenomenon of chronic "muscular armoring" theory developed by Reich offers emotional context to the concept of "chronic tension" and adds a layer of depth that distinguishes acupressure from Jin Shin Do® Acupressure.
Somatic Experiencing® is a body-oriented, naturalistic approach to healing trauma that forms the foundation for Somatic Touch. We often begin our first session in a seated therapist-to-client format to to discuss your treatment goals, create the opportunity to attune to each others' nervous systems, and to introduce the Somatic Experiencing® stabilization tools and techniques. While in a comfortable seated position, we can discover together what may be most helpful for your unique nervous system to feel more settled and be able to move into self-regulation. This creates the foundation for increasing capacity and building resiliency in the nervous system that allows us to go deeper into the work of healing trauma. If and when you are ready to incorporate gentle, non-invasive therapeutic touch, we can transition to table or Thai mat for the duration of the session, in which you may remain fully clothed if you wish.
The Liver and Gall Bladder Meridians of the Wood Element make up the Land of Hun according to Chinese Medicine. While the Gall Bladder Meridian is traditionally associated with decision making, the Liver Meridian controls planning. When both are excessive, we become easily agitated and angry. "Excessive or chronic anger is injurious to Yin in general, and to the Liver in particular." The Liver has the "functions of a military leader who excels in his/her strategic planning," and when in an extreme state, we may have difficulty making decisions and carrying out our plans. We may experience frequent anger, irritability, impatience, headaches, and moodiness.
The Kidney and Bladder meridians make up the Land of Chih in Chinese Medicine. Chih is the aspect of the psyche responsible for strength of character, power of personality, vitality, enthusiasm, and sexual energy." It is the seat of resolution. It is the psychic force which give us the energy to move through and around obstacles to our growth, to being our real Self." The image is WATER, a universal symbol for the unconscious. The Kidneys and Bladder literally have a water function, as they regulate water metabolism. When the Kidney meridian is deficient, our energy levels plummet and we are liable to feel fearful, timid, inadequate, and inferior. We may experience fatigue, hypersensitivity to cold, ear problems or tinnitus, dizziness upon standing, hair loss, knee problems, menopausal hot flashes, night sweats, low back pain, brittleness of bones, and decreased sexual desire.
P'o corresponds with the Metal Element and the Lungs & Large Intestine organs in Five Element Theory. P'o influences our general life energy on a fundamental level. The extreme emotions of P'o are grief, sorrow, or anguish. The conceptual thought of this Metallic Land is to embrace our instincts, holding onto what feels good to us, and letting go of that which no longer serves a purpose.
The synergistic state of P'o, or the Lungs, is openness, receptivity, and non-attachment. The deficient, or hypoactive, state of P'o is hypersensitivity, deprivation, self-pity, dejection, despondency, and oppression. The excessive, or hyperactive state of P'o is stoicism, defensive pride, selfishness, greed, jealousy, and envy. Let's look at how these chronic emotional states create imbalances in these meridians according to Chinese medicine.
Specializing in Somatic Experiencing®, Jin Shin Do® Acupressure, Therapeutic Massage & Thai Yoga Bodywork
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Mx. Ranpreet Kaur, LMBT
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