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Spiral Way Jin Shin Jyutsu

Beth Molaro

485 Hendersonville Rd Asheville, NC 28803 phone: (828) 277-4068
Saturday, January 08, 2011

Self-Help Tip:
Balance Back Stress

I remember with awe my first look at my daughter's spine. It was at the initial ultrasound, pretty early on in the pregnancy, she was just a peanut but there was her spine. Beautiful and perfect, it reminded me of a strand of luminous pearls.

Embryologically, a detailed cascade of events must occur to result in the proper formation of both the musculoskeletal and neural elements of the spine.  The spine will become the structural support of the body as a whole and will be a conduit for safe passage of the neural elements. The spine is responsible for interaction with the brain.
All of this is well underway at the 4th week after conception. Amazing!

So much depends on the proper functioning of our spine. It is small wonder that a backache can put us "Out of Commission"!

When I first discovered Jin Shin Jyutsu, I suffered from incapacitating back pain that had begun at age 10.  As a young child, my parents brought me to be checked out by the family doctor... He took one look at me and declared my hips to be uneven. He informed me that I would "always have back trouble." Thanks alot Doc! So I always had back trouble....he told me I would... so I did.

Jin Shin Jyutsu teaches us that all things are possible. I practice Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help daily and now my back pain is gone most of the time. When there is a flair-up, I use my self help to get back in balance, usually within 24 hours. In the past, a flair-up meant weeks of recovery and pain.

I should tell you that it took about a year to see a big difference, although I felt improvement after a week or so of dedicated daily self-help. It has been since 2003 that I have made self-help a daily part of my life.  At that time, there we no other practitioners that I knew of in the area, so Jin Shin Jyutsu Sessions with a Practitioner were not possible, I had to depend on myself.

For back projects my self-help is simple. With one hand, HOLD the back of your head where your skull meets the spine. With the other hand HOLD your tailbone/sacrum area. This simple flow helps the life energy push through the stagnant places in the spine, strengthening the spine and balancing the energy that supports both bladder and kidney function energy ...among other things! 

You can begin your day with this flow before you even are fully awake. Then during the day, take a break and do this flow again. Once more at bedtime and this flow will help you sleep. Three times a day for 10-20 minutes, whatever you have time for, and you will be on your way to freeing yourself from back stress and pain. Use either the palm of your hand or the back of your hand, which ever will be the most comfortable for you.

Holding your index finger will also support this energy and is a simple hold to use during the day, in the middle of a meeting or watching a movie. Use the index finger at the first sign of pain or discomfort and you will feel the pain melt away.

To balance hips and shoulders, I hold the backs of my knees. This simple flow helps to balance shoulders and hips, opens the pelvis and relaxes tension in the body.

Another simple favorite of mine is to "sit on your hands"/hold your sitbones. This is the location of Safety Energy Lock 25, "Quietly Regenerating".

When you combine weekly sessions with dedicated daily self-help, and you will be amazed at the progress you will make! Learn how to dismiss stress. These flows are indeed simple and effective and will make a difference in your busy life!
Be in Balance. You'll like it there!

"When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It's very simple.
Everything is possible."
~Paulo Coelho
Saturday, January 08, 2011

Self-Help Tip:

The Purpose of Pain

"Much of your pain is the bitter potion
by which the physician within you
heals your sick self."

~Kahlil Gibran

      When the life energy moves through us without obstruction, we are in perfect harmony.  If we have pain somewhere in the body, it is wise to pay attention to it, because it is a sign that something is out of balance. It warns us that something within the body isn't quite right. It's easy to lose sight of the fact that pain is there to serve you. If  you only seek to alleviate pain by supressing it, you have not addressed the fundamental cause of the pain. Pain is functional because of the signal it gives.

      Pain is an indication of the presence of stagnation, a blockage of free movement of life energy through the body. When you feel those initial twinges of pain, it is wise to think of them as a signal from your body that there is a blockage and some attention is needed. I find that if I pay attention and I immediately seek help from my Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner or apply self-help, the pain melts away.

      Most of us however ignore these initial twinges. We wait until we are sure that we are in pain and then we seek to suppress the pain with Over The Counter Medications. When these medications cease to "erase" the pain, we wait until the pain is unbearable to pay attention to the signal and seek help.

      Jin Shin Jyutsu helps us to be aware of the signal, and teaches us what to do to address the cause and to return to balance, harmony and wellness. Generally speaking, the longer we live with pain, the longer it will take to release it. With Jin Shin Jyutsu and Time, all things are possible. A return to balance is within your reach. Learn how to erase pain and improve your quality of life!

"Pain is such an uncomfortable feeling that even a tiny amount of it is enough to ruin every enjoyment."
~Will Rogers
Saturday, January 08, 2011

Self-Help Tip:

Breath is the Basis for Energy
"Focusing on the act of breathing clears the mind of all daily distractions and clears our energy enabling us to better connect with the Spirit within." 
~Author Unknown   

   Breath, the purified essence of life, is the simplest and most perfect of all the tools we have for health and balance. It can be used with awareness at any moment to balance the life energy and bring us into a place of harmony and healing flow. Within the breath lies the key, our power to transform our lives and the world. Simply exhale and alow the life energy to fully infuse our being.

    EXHALE long and deep, then you need not TAKE an inhalation but will RECEIVE one naturally.
Sit with your hands folded in your lap. Drop your shoulders. Bow your head and SMILE from the very soul of you. As you EXHALE, unload all the dust dirt and greasy grime that is held in your body. Exhale from head to toes.

     INHALE from toes to head. RECEIVE the Cosmic Energy of Abundance and connect to the Cosmic Energy Force.

"In the breath that I am,
I am always new."
~Mary Iino Burmeister

     In Jin Shin Jyutsu, we are invited to focus not on the inhalation.. but instead to observe  the Exhalation. The exhalation is the key to clearing the body. Clear your clutter. Too many of us are hoarders of one kind or another. Many of us hoard our breath by not exhaling fully. WE keep the old stuff in and don't make room for the new purified air, the abundant out-pouring of limitless life-power, our birth-right.

     "The Meditation of the 36 Conscious Exhalations" is a great way to access this Limitless Life-Power. Begin by counting each exhalation.  One, exhale, inhale. Two, exhale, inhale....... Allow your breath to unfold naturally. You will begin to realize that once you have fully exhaled, the next inhalation "just happens". No effort is necessary. If you lose count, just begin again. This exercise can be done all at once, or broken into 4 session of 9 breaths each. In time, your breathing will automatically become deeper and more rhythmic. As you count each breath, your attention is focused on the counting and this in turn serves as a way to quiet the mind. 

     Receive each breath with awareness and gratitude. Welcome to the effortless reality of your life.
"Breath is the bridge
which connects life to consciousness,
which unites your body to your thoughts." 
~Thich Nhat Hanh

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Self-Help Tip:

The Total Harmonizer
    To balance and harmonize our total being we can simply hold the palms of the hand. Holding the palms puts us in direct contact with the energy that determines the blueprint for our manifested form, the human body. As we are burdened with the trials of our everyday life, it behooves us to remember that we are indeed SPIRITUAL BEINGS having a HUMAN EXPERIENCE. With this in mind, I find it easier to deal with the mundane aspects of being human.

     Since this energy puts us in touch with SOURCE energy, it is small wonder that throughout human history, people have clasped their hands together in "prayer" position. The ancients knew that this was not just a symbolic gesture but a practical way to connect with SOURCE  and find harmony with the universe.

     As a total harmonizer, holding the palms, one at a time or together, will enable us to feel a profound sense of peace and oneness with ALL. Harmony is bestowed upon diaphragm and umbilicus energy. This energy helps to regulate temperature and breath. It is the source of our personal life energy. Holding the palms can serve as a recharge for your rundown "battery".

     This energy is ours to access at any time of the day or night. Sit or lie quietly with hands held together, either fingertips in palms or palms together in whatever way that you find most comfortable. Breathe. Inhale, Exhale. Relax the shoulders. Allow the shoulder blades the slip down the back any amount. Continue breathing with awareness and feel the pulse of the universe in the palm of your hands. Remember that you are a Spiritual Being having a Human Experience and SMILE. Know that all you need is already there, inside you.

"I am the Cosmic Rhythm,
which is the Breath I receive,
all knowledge/wisdom is within.
So simply BE the awareness/knowledge
and the understanding/wisdom."
~Mary Iino Burmeister
Saturday, January 08, 2011

Self-Help Tip:
Be True to Yourself.
Speak Your Truth.
Be who you are and say what you feel,
because those who mind don't matter
and those who matter don't mind.
~Dr. Seuss

    Our attitudes dis-harmonize the flow of life energy in our bodies. The attitude of PRETENSE is destabilizing to our skeletal structure, heart and small intestine functions. Pretense includes feelings of insecurity, effort, selfishness, overdoing it, and cover-up (crying on the inside while laughing on the outside). This attitude speaks to our effort, our "trying to" do whatever. The effort that it takes just to get through the day. This attitude tells us that there is a conflict of desire that is incompatible with who we really are.
    Pretense can manifest in a work addiction. The opposite of Pretense is BEING. It means being true to who you really are, not who you think others need you to be. It means speaking your own truth, speaking out.
    To balance PRETENSE, HOLD the LITTLE FINGER for about 5 minutes or until you can feel a gentle rhythmic pulsing. Even and clear. Breath easily. Relax the shoulders and smile from the very heart of you.
As you hold the LITTLE FINGER, nerves are settled and the need for pretense is diminished. Stress is eased, bloating reduced, and sore throats are relieved. Remind yourself that we are Human BEINGS not Human TRYINGS. Let go of effort. Allow the universe to unfold spontaneously before you. Revel in the effortless reality that is your life.

Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It's our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit.
~Mary Lou Retton

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Self-Help Tip:
Bring Joy
We live in sadness because
we aren’t looking for happiness.
~Judy Mae

    Sadness corresponds with attitudes of negativity, fear of rejection and grief. These limiting attitudes disrupt the flow of life energy to lung and large intestine functions. It is mucous producing and causes us respiratory distress. When the lungs are overcome by sadness and grief, they are weakened, and this leads to tiredness, breathlessness, depression and dry skin. When we grieve, our ability to release and let go is significantly restricted. Sadness often manifests a smoking addiction which further depletes the lungs.
    The opposite of sadness is the all encompassing feeling of joy and laughter.  When we are in balance, we experience deep trust and the ability to let go of emotions and experiences that are holding us back. It is indeed up to you how you choose to look at life. My hero, Joseph Campbell, reminds us to "Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy."  Yes the choice is up to you. Happiness isn't something that just happens to you, but rather, something you can choose at any time, in any situation.
    To balance sadness, HOLD the RING FINGER for about 5 minutes or until you can feel a gentle rhythmic pulsing. Even and clear. Breath easily. Relax the shoulders and smile from the very heart of you.  As you hold the RING FINGER, sadness begins to melt away, mucous conditions are eased, breathing distress is reduced and you facilitate the vital flow of life energy and joy throughout the body. With the restoration of harmony, it becomes easier to trust and let go. Smile. Breath easy and release your grip on the old and be receptive to the new.
      When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
~Helen Keller
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Which Finger Is Which?

     Attitude is the way you mentally look at the world around you. It is how you view your environment and your future. It is the focus you develop toward life itself.
     In Jin Shin Jyutsu, we know that the body is affected by the air, food, activities, thoughts and stresses that we experience each moment of living. Our attitudes dis-harmonize the flow of life energy in our bodies and disrupt the pathways which deliver the limitless supply of life energy to every part of our physical being.  Attitudes keep us from freely being all that we have the potential to BE.
     In my opinion, the attitude that does the most harm is it governs the development of all of the other attitudes..Worry, Anger, Sadness and Grief, Pretense. Think about it. What is Worry but the fear that something won't go the way we want it to go? What is Anger, but the fear that we are not getting our way? What is Sadness and Grief, but the fear that things will never be the same again and nothing will ever fill the emptiness? And what is Pretense, but the fear of not being accepted for who we really are? Indeed Fear governs them all.
    MY DESTINY IS IN MY OWN HANDS: One of the simplest ways to utilize Jin Shin Jyutsu on ourselves is to hold each of our fingers, one at a time. To reverse the affect that attitudes have on our bodies and our lives, we simply need to HOLD our fingers.
    Each finger harmonizes an attitude as well as the organs that are affected by that particular attitude. Hold your fingers not to suppress attitudes but to express or release them. HOLD each finger for about 5 minutes or until you can feel a gentle rhythmic pulsing, even and clear. Breath easily. Relax the shoulders and smile from the very heart of you.
Take charge of your attitudes. It will make such a big difference in your life and in the amount of stress that you allow to accumulate in your being.
     The mnemonic device to help you remember which attitude goes with each finger is "Get rid of Worry FAST!" To put this device to good use, start with your Thumb for Worry. Then spell out F-A-S-T with each subsequent finger.
S-Sadness and Grief
T-Try to and Pretense
     Holding your fingers to harmonize limiting thoughts and attitudes is the simplest, most readily available tool you have to cope with whatever life throws at you.
Monday, April 12, 2010

    Last week I shared with you the story of Master Jiro Murai who rediscovered the ancient art of Jin Shin Jyutsu when he healed himself after being written off by the medical establishment at that time with an incurable and mysterious disease. 
    Mary Iino Burmeister became his student and brought this simple, yet profound art to the west in the 1950's

    Born in Seattle in 1918, Mary Iino went to Japan in the late 1940's to "find herself". She studied diplomacy and worked as a translator.  She was interested in understanding the predjudices that she endured as a Japanese-American. She loved to study and had plans to attend a Japanese university.
    Mary met Jiro at a gathering held at the home of a mutual friend. Upon meeting Mary, Jiro asked if she would be interested in bringing a gift from Japan to America. As the story goes, at that time Mary simply said "Yes", not really knowing what the gift was, perhaps thinking that it was a box of something he wanted to get to a family member in America. Little did she realize how that moment would change her life and the lives of so many that she had not yet met.
    Mary became Jiro's student/apprentice and they worked together in Japan for five years. While still in Japan, Mary met an American serviceman, Gil Burmeister. They eventually married and returned to the States. Mary brought Jiro's gift with her. She continued her studies with Master Murai by correspondence and spent years expanding her understanding of the art and developing her own philosophy about Jin Shin Jyutsu.
    It was 17 years before Mary started sharing Jin Shin Jyutsu with others.  Here is how it began in her own words.
    "I just felt I had to know something before I could say I knew it. Then I realized you can't say you ever really know an art like this. One day I found myself timidly putting my hand out to a neighbor with a back problem and saying, 'Maybe I can help you.' After five years of working with her, I moved, and she went back to her chiropractor, who called me soon after and requested that we meet. The chiropractor became my first student."
    "After two years of sharing with the chiropractor, I started to translate and write down what I had learned from Jiro Murai. I'd stay up late at night after taking care of the children, writing and making drawings. The chiropractor said she had a few colleagues with whom she'd like me to share Jin Shin Jyutsu. Our group grew to about six students, including a psychologist, a physician and another chiropractor. That's how it began."
    From these grassroots beginnings, Jin Shin Jyutsu has spread all over the world. You can check out the Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute
for more information about practitioner training classes.

For true love is inexhaustible;
the more you give, the more you have.
And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead,
the more water you draw,
the more abundant is its flow.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Monday, March 15, 2010
    Jin Shin Jyutsu is a ancient art which restores an individual's balance-body, mind and spirit. Literally translated, it means "Art of the Creator through compassionate and knowing man." This simple, yet profound art was rediscovered in Japan in the beginning of the twentieth century by Jiro Murai, and brought to the west by Mary Iino Burmeister in the 1950's.
    Born into a long line of medical doctors, Jiro Murai chose to follow a different path and devoted himself to a search for the true meaning of life. He traveled far and wide until he became terminally ill with an ailment unknown to doctors of his time. When the treatment available to him failed to produce any result and death seemed inevitable, he asked to be taken to a solitary cabin in the mountains and be left alone for seven days. There, he meditated on all the teachings of the masters he had learned and began practicing the forgotten art of Jin Shin Jyutsu on himself.
    Each day, his body temperature dropped, as he moved in and out of consciousness. On the seventh day, he suddenly felt himself being lifted out of his semi-frozen state and exposed to an extreme amount of heat. When his fever subsided, he felt completely well and healed. He was so grateful that he fell to his knees and vowed he would spend the rest of his life researching this wonderful art.
    Master Murai found the earliest written records on the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu in the Kojiki, an ancient Japanese text, which indicated that Jin Shin Jyutsu was widely known and practiced before the birth of Gautama Buddha and Moses, and was passed from Master to apprentice by oral tradition. This simple procedure of placing hands on the body, according to the knowledge of bodily energy flows, dates back to the very beginning of time. But through the development of our civilization, its basic knowledge was lost as we explored more complex ways of healing.
    Self-Help is the cornerstone of Jin Shin Jyutsu and is the pathway to healing and continued balance.
Jiro Murai's story is indeed a story of self-help and can serve as inspiration to us all that we hold the power to heal within our hands.
    Next time, I will share with you the story of Mary Iino Burmeister and how she brought Jin Shin Jyutsu out of Japan and shared it with the world. 

Be mindful of your thoughts,
     your thoughts become your words.
Be mindful of your words,
     your words become your actions.
Be mindful of your actions,
     your actions become your habits.
Be mindful of you habits,
     your habits become your character.
Be mindful of your character,
     your character becomes your destiny.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Women in Balance Workshop

27 Mar 2010

Women are constantly performing a balancing act: juggling the roles of parent, cook, homemaker, career woman, house cleaner, financial manage and nurturer. These gymnastic feats only serve to elevate our stress level, which can contribute to health problems, missed work, and a diminished capacity to cope.

Finding inner balance despite a hectic lifestyle can be challenging. But finding that balance is the essential element we women need not only to make it through the day, but to improve our ling-term health, well-being and happiness.

WOMEN IN BALANCE is an effective way for women just like you to reclaim your sense of balance. You'll learn Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help techniques that you apply to yourself.

Jin Shin Jyutsu can help women of all ages balance hormones, minimize the symptoms of menopause and PMS, reduce aches and pains, boost the immune system, speed up healing time, erase stress and induce deep relaxation. THese simple, subtle techniques work anytime, anywhere. The methods are so easy and unobtrusive you can apply them in a crowded bus or in the middle of a difficult meeting.

WOMEN IN BALANCE will introduce you to the history, philosophy, principles, and art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Then, you'll learn self-help exercises to help maintain and improve health and well-being in your daily life - accomplished by the gentle placement of our own hands. You'll come away feeling relaxed and energized! Most importantly, you'll know how to recreate this oasis of balance and bliss in your life for yourself - anytime you need it!

BETH MOLARO, Jin Shin Jyutsu  practitioner and Self-Help Instructor, will guide you through the steps you will use on yourself to bring balance to your body's energy patterns, promoting optimal health and well-being.

NURSES: Earn 3 CEUs for participating in this class.

Saturday, March 27, 2010 1-4 PM
Women's Wellness and Education Center, 24 Arlington Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Find Your Balance - Register Today!
Register and Pay Online Registration form.

Cost: $35 includes handouts
Optional textbook and CEU filing fee extra.

Call 828-277-4068 with questions.

Location: The Women's Wellness and Education Center, 24 Arlington Street, Asheville, NC.

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