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Jin Shin Do® Bodymind™ acupressure

Combination of acupressure and Taoist yogic breathing methods developed in the 1970s by psychotherapist Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, author of The Acupressure Way of Health: Jin Shin Do (Japan Publications, Inc., 1978) and The Joy of Feeling: Bodymind Acupressure (Japan Publications, Inc., 1987). It borrows from Reichian Therapy and allegedly moves “stagnant energy” through the body. According to Jin Shin Do theory, stressful experiences increase tension at certain acupoints. Practitioners decide on which parts of the body are “tense.” Then, purportedly to “balance” the “energy” of the body, they hold the “tense” part with one hand and supposedly stimulate a series of acupoints with the other. “Jin shin do” means “way of the compassionate spirit” in Japanese.