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 acu-theory, Taoist philosophy, Qigong (breathing and exercise techniques), Reichian segmental theory and principles of Ericksonian psychotherapy, Jin Shin Do acupressure was originated by Iona Marsaa Teeguarden.
This system of Asian bodywork
makes use of the 8 Strange Flows, which are the most primal energy
routes in the body. When open, these pathways move qi around the
body, continually adjusting and moderating the balance of the
12 Organ Meridians. These flows act as a template or blueprint
of who we are and where we're moving toward. The ancient Taoists
considered them to be extremely amenable to imagination, meditation,
and the use of the hands.
the recipient, you remain clothed and comfortable,
lying on your back. A series of points are chosen to address blockages
and to help alleviate the client's imbalances. Two points are
held simultaneously with gentle, yet firm pressure while encouraging
the recipient to hold their awareness on these extraordinary places.
Feelings, emotions, images, sensations, and memories may arise
as chronic tension and armor begin to release. The recipient may
have the sense of doorways opening, which they may choose to explore
with the practitioner. Sessions are gentle and tend to feel deeply
Jin Shin Do® permits
an awareness of ways in which the bodymind is blocked or tense.
This awareness allows for resolution of the conflicts
underlying the tension, facilitating emotional as well as physical
Stephen Markman has been a registered Jin Shin Do® practitioner since 1998 and an authorized teacher since 2002.
He is also a certified practitioner with
the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia.
He has taught classes at the SpringHaven Wellness Center, The
Baltimore School of Massage, Got Your Back, and Rivertown Yoga
"I find great joy in working with loving Awareness. I
believe that this awareness is the greatest tool the body worker
has in his/her bag. This tool needs no instructions - we need
only sit with the Silence within and allow. This is the beginning
of movement and conscious change."
teaches two different
Jin Shin Do® classes.
One: Basic Class
40 CEU's for NCBTMB
This class is usually taught over 5 weekend days. It can be used
as the first step in becoming a Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®
practitioner, or can be used on its own or added to a bodywork modality.
This is an extremely comprehensive class which focuses on inner
awareness. The emotional, mental, spiritual, as well as physical
attributes of these acupoints are introduced, offering the student
a broader picture of the gifts these points offer us.
In this class you will learn:
o Basic acupressure theory
o To locate 55 powerful acu-points with anatomical detail and
o To focus on deep release of muscle tension, as one learns to
transform, rather than hold and repress feelings
o To use acu-point combinations for common problems, including
tension in the head, neck, shoulders, back, chest, abdomen, pelvis
o A simple color-coded method of point combination (chart provided)
for release of specific tensions
o The emotional associations of specific segments of chronic tension,
o Taoist Qi Gong: The 8 Silken Movements, which facilitate relaxation
and structural-energetic balancing
o 8 Special energy pathways called the Extraordinary Vessels,
or Strange Flows, and their applications for Individual circumstances
o Strange Flow release patterns for body mind relaxation and rejuvenation
o Segmental Release Method for bodymind armoring
o Basic verbal processing and body-focusing skills to assist a
o Hara breathing-a Taoist exercise which increases the amount
of available qi
o To promote a pleasant state in which one can move out of the
head and into the body, accessing inner wisdom
- Students practice with
each other daily
- A class manual is provided and a certificate is awarded
Class dates are:
Saturday and Sunday July 18th, 19th, 26th and August 1st and 2nd, 2015.
9:30am - 6:30pm each day with an hour for lunch.
Basic Class Demo: Sunday June 28th, 2015 from 11am - 1pm in the waiting room at Dr. Joe's house. (Parking
is in front of the 514 E. Sedgwick St- then go down driveway to
last door on right).
Fundamentals of Self-Acupressure
CEU's for NCBTMB
In this class, we will teach 25 powerful acupoints for promoting
balance, health, relaxation and a sense of well-being in the entire
These points and point combinations will be helpful with friends,
family and clients.
Learn points to address:
+back and joint problems
+muscular and emotional stress and tension
Also learn the Basic Neck/Shoulder Release
Students will practice with each other, as well.
A class manual is provided and a certificate awarded
Jin Shin Do® 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.