Jin Shin Acupressure, is an ancient therapeutic practice, and was founded in Asia over 5,000 years ago. Jin Shin acupressure treatment, which has been practiced for thousands of years, was demonstrated by a CU-Boulder research team to be a powerful additional therapy for people who have experienced a mild traumatic brain injury. Jin Shin acupressure incorporates mental and body methods that improve the physical acupressure procedure. Jin Shin Acupressure uses eight additional energy channels, which are considered to be major energy highways that exist deep within the body. In Jin Shin acupressure, typically two points are lightly held for a minute or more to influence qi to move. Jin Shin acupressure uses soft and penetrating finger compression on specific acupressure points with body focusing techniques to assist the release of physical and emotional tension and, assist the immune system to relieve alleviate typical illnesses, and create harmony in the flow of life energy. People who practice Jin Shin point out that the Jin Shin acupressure points are located on “meridians” found throughout the body that are related with specific energy pathways. In Jin Shin acupressure there are 26 pairs of points used these points may have blockages which affect one’s health. Jin Shin acupressure treatment can be taught to anyone who can then teach it to their family and friends to be used as a self-treatment.
A study about strokes conducted in 2010 determined that Jin Shin acupressure caused a greater and quicker relaxation reaction during active treatments and decreases in stress reactions after therapy when compared to placebo treatments. Another 2010 study demonstrated that Jin Shin acupressure caused increased ability to relax, and a decrease in stress. Researchers have also started to study the benefits of Jin Shin acupressure for athletes to increase relaxation responses and decrease stress responses in the hopes of decreasing sports injuries.