• Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® - $120/90 Minutes

  • Jin Shin Do® Acupressure Facial - $80/60 Minutes

  • TendinoMuscular Meridian Technique (TMMT)  -  $120/90 Minutes

What is Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®?

Jin 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 trauma- related problems. A unique synthesis of a traditional Japanese acupressure technique, classic Chinese acupuncture and acupressure
theory, Taoist philosophy, Qigong (breathing and exercise techniques), Reichian segmental theory and principles of Ericksonian psychotherapy, it is recognized as a major form of Asian
Bodywork Therapy (by NCCAOM® and  AOBTA® among others).Originated by psychotherapist Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, JSD Acupressure promotes a pleasant trancelike state, in which
one can relax and move out of the head and into the body, accessing feelings and inner wisdom.        
In its most basic form, it is a simple, easy to learn, valuable self-help tool that can be shared with family and friends. In the hands of a skilled and sensitive acupressurist, it can be a powerful,
profoundly effective, transformative tool, which is easily incorporated into other therapeutic methods

What is TendinoMuscular Meridian Technique?

The TendinoMuscular Meridians of Chinese Medicine traverse the fascia and nourish all major muscle groups. The practitioner uses effective techniques from acupressure, shiatsu,
massage and other bodywork modalities that gently open the meridian pathways in the fascia. This improves the circulation of Qi and Blood and addresses the pain of conditions like
fibromyalgia, cellulite and muscle strain and injury. Because it opens the alignment of theplanes of fascia along the meridian pathways, the work is practically effortless for the practitioner
and comfortable for the client in pain. It was developed by Deborah Valentine Smith.

Acupressure has been effective* in easing the discomfort and stress resulting from common conditions, including

  • neck, shoulder and back tension/pain,
  • joint problems,
  • fatigue,
  • headaches,
  • digestive difficulties,
  • chest and respiratory difficulties,
  • insomnia,
  • menstrual/menopausal difficulties,
  • pelvic tension,
  • muscular and emotional stress and tension
  • fibromyalgia
  • cellulite
*Please contact me for research references.

What happens in a Jin Shin Do® session?

The work is done with the client clothed, lying face up on a cushioned massage table.  The practitioner asks about the client's goal for the session and takes a medical history. She will read
the pulses at the wrist and press some acupressure points to get information from the body. The work is done with gentle, firm pressure on the acupressure points.
 The session will usually
begin with work to relax and release tension in the neck and shoulders and then move to other areas of concern, using point combinations that facilitate release of muscular tension and
encourage the movement of energy throughout the body. The practitioner will usually bring the client's attention to the shifting condition of the body and may suggest breathing or
visualization to enhance positive changes. It is not unusual for the client to fall into a deep state of relaxation and peace. The session ends with some centering points and work with the feet
for grounding. Clients may also feel more energized after a session, as though they've had a deep sleep, and usually will have a sense of what changes they may need to make in their daily
life to maintain the balance. There is often the relief and joy of "coming home" to one's true nature and condition (See "
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The forms of bodywork offered here  are  not  intended for the diagnosis, treatment or cure of disease. They are relaxation therapy, and a useful adjunct to licensed, qualified medical or psychological care. For any persistent pain or symptom, even a seemingly minor one,
you are strongly encouraged to consult a medical doctor. When used in conjunction with standard medical treatment, these techniques can assist the healing process by releasing tension, decreasing stress and encouraging a sense of increased well-being.
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My goal for a bodywork session is for the recipient to become aware of the natural flow of life force or energy (Qi)through the
body. This awareness also brings attention to the tension (both emotional and physical) that gets in its way.  With attention,
gentle pressure on the related acupressure points and some breathing and visualization, even long-held patterns of tension
can open. The resulting flow of  Qi promotes healing  in affected areas and a  whole-body sense of physical ease and
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