Frequently Asked Questions

The therapist uses a system that employs 26 points, referred to as safety energy locks, on your body located along energy pathways(known as meridians). Holding these points in sequence reestablishes the flow of energy throughout your body. This can bring about relief for any type of stress whether it is mental, emotional, physical or spiritual.
The receiver remains clothed and lies face up on a cushioned treatment table; there is no massage or manipulation of muscles involved.
You will have an increased sense of wellbeing, deep relaxation and renewed energy, as well as relief from the symptoms of stress related disorders.
Jin Shin Jyutsu It is a powerful and effective tool to relax and reduce stress and pain in our daily lives. It is a very supportive method, co-operating with other medical and natural therapies.
Jin Shin Jyutsu is excellent for preparing for pregnancy and during pregnancy. As the Art works with the subtle energies of your body it can ease pregnancy discomforts as well as support the development of your unborn child.
It is suggested you wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Code of Ethics for Students of Jin Shin Jyutsu
Students will remember at all times that their position is one of trust and care and need to maintain the highest standards of conduct and integrity.
Students will practice ethically, with high motives and ideals.
Students will conduct themselves with respect and dignity, always mindful of the rights and sensibilities of others.
Students may not engage in illegal, immoral or improper conduct with a client, nor encourage such behaviour.
Students will respect the ethical, religious and political beliefs of others.
Students will recognize the need for continuing professional and educational development-periodic attendance of Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. seminars is recommended.
Students may not belittle colleagues, and will uphold the honour and reputation of the profession at all times.
Students may not attend a client while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or while sick with a communicable disease.
Students will dress in a professional manner, proper dress being defined as attire suitable and consistent with accepted professional practice in the locale where they conduct their professional activities.
Students will use materials consistent with Mary Burmeister’s views, ideas and philosophies concerning the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy.
Students will put the health and well being of their clients first.
Students will not give “guarantees” regarding sessions.
Fees charged will be ethical and fair.
Students will not knowingly interfere with any ongoing therapy being received by the client.
Students may not treat a child, without the consent of a parent or legal guardian.
Students will endeavour to protect a client’s confidences, unless a legal duty of disclosure removes confidentiality in a particular case.
Advertising will be ethical, and exaggerated claims are prohibited.
Statements to clients should be made in a spirit of caring and truthfulness.
Cases that do not improve or that are outside the practitioner’s jurisdiction will be referred for expert medical attention. Students may not act as primary care physicians.
Students will practice legally, observing all applicable local, state and national laws and licensing regulations.

If you eat before a session it is recommended it be a light meal or snack. If you eat a large meal before the session a lot of your body’s energy will be focused on digesting your food instead of healing your body! Equally, a meal directly after a session is not recommended for the same reason.

The response to a session is unique to each individual. Conditions of muscular tension are generally the quickest to resolve. The more chronic a condition the longer it will take to get better, though improvement in symptoms may be almost immediate.

Definitely! Jin Shin Jyutsu is an excellent tool to keep you in peak condition and prevent the onset of disease. Prevention is better than cure.

Yes. Your practitioner will guide you on what holds you can do to improve your wellbeing.

The fees can vary from one practitioner to another please refer to your nearest practitioner for details.

Absolutely, yes. To ensure the quality of teaching expected of our faculty, a number of years ago the Instructor Training Program (ITP) was created which has now been renamed, the Instructor Candidate Evaluation Program (ICEP) by The Mary Burmeister JSJ Institute. On occasion, very experienced candidates will be invited to apply to the ICEP to determine if they are qualified to join the program.
Applicant requirements are quite extensive because individuals are expected to begin practice teaching once they are accepted into the program and are given the opportunities to hone these skills. If you have interest in becoming a JSJ instructor, find out more about this program at: http://www.jsjitp.com/
The parameters of the program will be available at this website until the changes in the revision are integrated. Qualified applicants may complete the existing online application on the ITP website to begin the process. Good luck to all of you who are interested in joining the JSJ faculty.

The Jin Shin Jyutsu New Zealand Charitable Trust is an independent body, acting to advance and develop Jin Shin Jyutsu in New Zealand. To advance, safeguard and maintain the health and wellbeing of the New Zealand community through the vision of a world where Jin Shin Jyutsu is recognised and accepted as a complementary path to wellbeing.
The aim of the Trust is to raise awareness, support and encourage New Zealanders to seek greater knowledge and understanding of health and wellbeing issues, helping them make informed choices that benefit themselves, and others.
A firm focus is increasing understanding of the value of Jin Shin Jyutsu through Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help workshops and events to the public, refining our care service for people with mental, emotional and physical, critical needs. And, with the establishment and development of a capital fund we can ensure ongoing support, growth and potential for Jin Shin Jyutsu students and practitioners, and increased availability of education, scholarships and gateways to opportunities that assist in their advancement.

The NZ Office is set up to provide administrative support for the Trust, and a wide range of services to students and practitioners who are a part of the wider network of Jin Shin Jyutsu New Zealand.
Details regarding the Trust and the NZ Office will soon be available on the website.

The Trustees
Jennifer Holmes began her practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu in 1998, was an avid student and Self-Help teacher, later being invited into the faculty as an international instructor representing the Asia Pacific/Australasia region in 2011. Jennifer has been actively involved in all areas of Jin Shin Jyutsu for over 20 years, as a student, practitioner, serving on the committee of NZ Association (now dissolved), NZ Seminar Organizer, and is co-founder of the Jin Shin Jyutsu NZ Charitable Trust. Teaching classes in New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Europe and Asia, Jennifer is interested in languages, speaks Spanish and wants to learn Mandarin in the future, loves travelling, good literature and meeting students globally. She is married and has 5 children whose spouses all come from different cultures. Her passion for teaching Jin Shin Jyutsu relates to her interest in “relationships” which is an integral part of her teaching of the Art.
Lester Miller is originally from Auckland although spent more than 20 years living in Hokianga where she raised her family and was a teacher aide. Lester first heard of Jin Shin Jyutsu whilst studying NZ Flower Essences in 1997. She took her first 5-day seminar in 1998 and has attended many classes over the years as Jin Shin Jyutsu continues to play an integral part in her life. Lester held a number of roles on the NZ JSJ Association and is co-founder and Treasurer of the new NZ Charitable Trust. She has always been passionate about environmental issues and is very involved as a volunteer on NZ pest control projects, centred around protecting the endangered forest Kokako birds. Lester currently lives in Auckland and is retired.
Julie Wells came to Jin Shin Jyutsu in 1999 after her newborn daughter came through a critical health crisis. She and Tony, along with their 3 young girls, emigrated to New Zealand from the UK in 2002, and it was here that she formally embarked on her journey with the Art. Since 2006 Julie has served as committee member on the (now dissolved) NZ Association, was Editor of the NZ newsletter ‘The Mediator’ (2007-2014) and briefly stepped into the role of President. Julie has offered regular self-help workshops in her region since 2008 and organized South Island NZ seminars for 11 years. In stepping down as seminar organiser, Julie now offers her knowledge and experience to the new NZ Office; a hub for students and individuals in Asia Pacific communities. Her love for her family, and for Jin Shin Jyutsu is entwined and inseparable… each complement and is enhanced by the other.
Tony Wells was invited to join the Trust to take advantage of his extensive business expertise, and in particular his experience with Charitable Trusts and not-for-profit organisations. His close relationship with Jin Shin Jyutsu for many years is a bonus. An engineer by profession, Tony has been a company director for over thirty-five years, working extensively in Europe, USA, NZ and China. He gained his master’s degree at Cambridge University, UK and is expert in Strategy Development and Business Excellence. He is Director and Vice Chairman of one of New Zealand’s leading social initiatives, Kilmarnock Enterprises in Christchurch, an organisation devoted to the development of people with intellectual disabilities; he also runs his own business consultancy specialising in strategic visioning and goal deployment. With life-long dedication to adding value in society, Tony spends much of his time assisting Charities and Trusts who focus on ‘wellbeing’ and is proud to be a mentor and coach for a number of social enterprises too. In addition, he and his 21-year-old daughter Sophie recently had their first children’s book published in London.
The Trust offers a shared vision and strong foundation, which combined with the dedication to pro-actively realize the pledge of the vision and purpose, as detailed in the Trust Deeds, support and funding will get right to where it is most needed.
And in the development of practitioner support, educational opportunities and subsidised services available through the new NZ Office, New Zealand communities can continue to benefit and flourish in this evolving world.
NZ Office

The NZ Office is set up to provide administrative support for the Trust, and a wide range of services to students and practitioners who are a part of the wider network of Jin Shin Jyutsu New Zealand.
Launched in January 2018, the NZ Office is now a fully functioning hub for students and visitors to connect, gain resources, purchase books and request information.
The Office is managed by Julie Wells. Julie began as a student of Jin Shin Jyutsu in 2003, was a JSJ NZ Association committee member and Editor of the NZ newsletter ‘The Mediator’ (2007-2013) President (2014/2015) and recently stepped down from the role as South Island NZ Seminar Organiser after 11 years.
The NZ Office was set up in 2017 and provides administrative support to the Charitable Trust, manages the NZ Jin Shin Jyutsu Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Jin-Shin-Jyutsu-New-Zealand-457027711062796/ offers links to networks around the globe including other JSJ individuals and groups, organisers, instructors and JSJ inc. Scottsdale.

Becoming an Organizer:

If you want to organize a Jin Shin Jyutsu seminar in your area, you need to have:
– Completed the 5-day Basic Seminar at least three times.
– A growing JSJ Community
– Computer Literacy ( or a Co-Organizer who has)
– Previous Organizational experience
– Good interpersonal skills
The reason we prefer that an organizer have attended at least 3 of the 5-day Basic Seminars, is that we feel that an organizer needs to be a central magnet for the Jin Shin Jyutsu community in his/her location by setting up a practice, teaching self-help classes, conducting or attending study groups, and making speeches or presentations in local health centers, hospitals, places of business, etc. Organizers for our classes are a resource all year round, not just during the time of the class.
The need for a new location for a class is determined by the following:
There is no nearby class location.
Generally a new location will offer a 5-day class first, before any Living the Art or Special Topic classes are presented there. The reason for this is that the 5-day class is what generates interest (and is a prerequisite) for the other classes.
There are at least enough NEW students (10) and review students (20) in this new location to support a 5-day class without drawing from other communities.
If all the above fits your current profile, then please contact David Burmeister, on +001 480 998 9331 to discuss your proposition. Otherwise please view our guidelines below to develop your community.
Developing Your Community
Communicate with interested clients about attending self-help classes. Use hand-out flyers and announcements for self-help classes and any JSJ events you are planning.
Public speaking/demos are a good way to develop interest in your community to support a 5-day class.
Work with a JSJ faculty instructor who is willing to help you develop the community by conducting self-help classes for the general public, thereby cultivating attendance for a 5-day class with that same instructor at a future time. This is an excellent way of planting seeds for prospective new students
Notify the existing students in the surrounding area of the instructor’s self-help class
Take flyers and announcements everywhere you go.
Teach self-help classes yourself.
Suggest to your clients that they might attend a self-help class. If they are interested, perhaps they will even attend a 5-day class.
Get a study group of JSJ students gathering with the express purpose of aiming for having a location for a 5-day class. Study groups consist of JSJ students who have attended at least one 5-day class.
Attend each other’s self-help classes. If a practitioner/self-help instructor is giving a class in your area, you might think of attending.