Stress study: The effects of Jin Shin Jyutsu® on perceived stress in nurses.

Thesis by: Donna Lamke

Purpose of Study:

  • To determine the effects, if any, of Jin Shin Jyutsu® (a healing art similar to acupressure) on perceived stress in nurses.
  • To add to the nursing knowledge about alternative therapeutic modalities.

CONCLUSION: This study demonstrates measurable positive responses to Jin Shin Jyutsu® treatment, indicating that it may be a valuable nursing intervention for helping clients manage stress and cope with stress-related somatic symptoms.

Pilot Study Grant from Mental Health America – Study by Gail Okray

GOAL: Our project will meet the missions and values of Mental Health America by educating the community about Jin Shin Jyutsu® through self-care classes at the Beacon House. Educating the community about Jin Shin Jyutsu® will aid in reduced stress levels for the caretakers and family members of people affected with mental disorders. Self-care classes were chosen for this study because of their ability to empower the learner, allowing each one to develop life-long skills to aid them in coping with stress.

Eight participants attended the six hour self-care class. To make classes convenient for the participant, class hours were divided into three 2-hour sessions. By scheduling the class session on sequential days, it allowed participants to practice self-help between each class session. This created the opportunity for participants to gather any questions or observations that came up between classes. Participants were surveyed after the first 2-hour class, after the last 2-hour class, and again after a follow-up individual session with a practitioner. The follow-up session took place within a one-month timeframe after class finished.

CONCLUSION: In conclusion, based on the survey feedback, it appears the self-care class in Jin Shin Jyutsu® was embraced by the community and was a tool that could be incorporated into their lifestyle and used in a variety of situations.

  • A larger sample size would be beneficial to verify the current results.
  • 100% rated that there were more happy days or mood increase.
  • 84% said self-help was useful on bad days.
  • 100% said they would recommend this class to another person.
  • In other comments, participants shared that they felt more relaxed after self-help.

Pilot study: Jin Shin Jyutsu® during recovery from cardiac procedures during September & October 2000.

GOAL: The goal of this study was to investigate the feasibility of using Jin Shin Jyutsu® (JSJ) in the cardiac setting, including: acceptance by patients and staff, ease of delivery, and any potential adverse outcomes.

CONCLUSION: Jin Shin Jyutsu® was well received by patients and by the Cardiac Stepdown Unit staff. A majority of patients noted the positive effects of Jin Shin Jyutsu®. It was well accepted by patients and staff, fit well into the delivery of care, and without adverse outcomes. Jin Shin Jyutsu® may be recommended as a safe and beneficial intervention in the Cardiac Stepdown environment.