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."
The Ericksonian Approach
Milton H. Erickson, an American psychiatrist and psychologist, is often known for his unconventional approach to psychotherapy and for his approach to the unconscious mind as "creative and solution-generating." Erickson frequently drew upon his own experiences to provide examples of the power of the unconscious mind. At age 17, Erickson contracted Polio and began having "autohypnotic experiences" and was largely self-taught in his developing theories of the unconscious mind.
Erickson maintained that trance is a common, everyday occurrence. For example, when waiting for buses and trains, reading or listening, or even being involved in strenuous physical exercise, it's quite normal to become immersed in the activity and go into a trance state, removed from any other irrelevant stimuli. These states are so common and familiar that most people do not consciously recognize them as hypnotic phenomena.
"Erickson believed that the unconscious mind was always listening and that, whether or not the patient was in trance, suggestions could be made which would have a hypnotic influence, as long as those suggestions found
resonance at the unconscious level."
-Excerpt from Milton H. Erickson, Wikipedia
The patient could be aware of this or could be completely oblivious that something was happening. Erickson would see if the patient would respond to one or another kind of indirect suggestion and allow the unconscious mind to participate actively in the therapeutic process. In this way, what seemed like a normal conversation might induce a hypnotic trance, or a therapeutic change in the subject.
Jin Shin Do® Applies Ericksonian Principles
The slow-paced firm, but gentle, Jin Shin Do® touch is trance-inducing as it allows time for the client to focus on each point. Holding two different points, "local" and "distal", tends to evoke a sense of feeling "safe and cradled." Interestingly enough, it also creates a mild state of confusion because while the "local point" makes perfect sense, the average client is unaware of why the "distal" point is being held. "Confusion can be trance-inducing, because it jogs the conscious mind out of habitual ruts, giving the unconscious a chance to take over." According to Ericksonians, "Confusion is the mother of enlightenment." Besides the physiological sensation and trance-like state of confusion evoked while two different acu-points are held simultaneously, the trained JSD® Acupressurist or hypnotherapist plays an important role in developing a more well-rounded and deep, healing session for each individual client.
The JSD® approach to trancework, using Ericksonian principles, focuses on the client. "The skilled hypnotherapist gives the credit for change to the client, which is empowering." "Hypnosis can only help people do something they want to do." The Ericksonian hypnotherapist works with the client's responses, building on them, while emphasizing that the client is the one doing the work. Statements, suggestions and stories are used, rather than giving advice and "meta-commenting" -- commenting about the client's thoughts and feelings, which is too often exercised by massage therapists and psychotherapists and should be avoided. The Ericksonian approach is a process of communication. It is about getting the client's cooperation; it is about empowerment, building self-esteem, being able to learn from mistakes and further your growth.
The following seven principles, described by Jefrey K. Zeig, Ph.D. who studied with Dr. Erickson, are applied to Jin Shin Do® theory and distinguish the Ericksonian approach from the traditional model of hypnosis and are incorporated by JSD® Acupressurists. Learn More about Jin Shin Do®.
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