I am always looking for new healing techniques and methods to include in my practice. Although I focus my Craft in psychic development and divination, healing is also a big part of what I do for myself and others. I decided to read The Art of Jin Shin: The Japanese Practice of Healing with Your Fingertips, by Alexis Brink, because of this, and although it is not something I feel drawn to, I cannot deny the beauty in it.
In short, Jin Shin is a healing method that works with the energy of the body in order to heal sicknesses of any kind, but, unlike reiki, which doesn’t need physical contact, does so by pressing the hands of the therapist in certain spots of the body in order to alter the energetic flow of the patient, requiring nothing more than a good memory. Believe me when I say that it is as easy as it sounds, and that anyone can do it.
The Art of Jin Shin provides enough guidance to develop a basic, personal practice that can benefit the reader in different forms, and includes all the necessary photos for reference in order to follow all of the steps. You can create a daily routine to improve yourself with this book, and I would even consider getting classes to get better at it and be able to help others.
What I did find a bit bothering was the amount of anecdotes used at the beginning of the book. Alexis Brink told so many stories that I started to think this was more a memoir than a guidebook, and felt betrayed for a while. The first five chapters, if I am not mistaken, are filled with her experiences, stories from her family and teachers, on how Jin Shin came to their lives and how it improved them, with bits of information here and there.
After that strange beginning, The Art of Jin Shin becomes what we expect it to be: a useful reading to guide us in achieving exactly that, a better life and enough knowledge to improve ourselves and help others do the same. Although detailed and easy to follow, all the positions need a lot of practice to get familiar with them. I guess this could be considered a good complement to learning first aid and other types of emergency preparedness.
Not to to put either of them in a more privileged position, but just to give you an idea of what each form of therapy is based upon, I would say that this is a more practical method than others since it doesn’t require any level of psychic development or connection. I often heard among my reiki classmates that not seeing or feeling a thing on the therapies and attunements was frustrating, but Alexis Brink makes it clear that Jin Shin doesn’t need anything besides our hands and the desire to help others..
Maybe both healing methods could be combined, as I would like to explore in the future, but in the meantime, I would recommend The Art of Jin Shin: The Japanese Practice of Healing with Your Fingertips for those who want to heal in a practical and easy manner, yet don’t have an interest on psychic energies or have it harder than expected. I’m sure it will be a fulfilling alternative and, who knows? Maybe the right option for some.
About the Book:
Print Length: 240 pages
Publisher: Tiller Press (June 25, 2019)
Publication Date: June 25, 2019.
About the Author
Alexis Brink is the president of Jin Shin Institute in New York City and has been a practitioner of the Art of Jin Shin since 1991. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist and interfaith minister and has taught self-help classes and workshops in NYC as well as in different countries for many years. She has taught Jin Shin in hospitals to nurses and to teachers and their students in the public school system. The Art of Jin Shin has not been given the attention it deserves and Alexis has made it her personal life journey to open up the Art of Jin Shin to the world. Jin Shin Institute was entrusted to her by Pamela Markarian Smith in 2015. Today, Jin Shin Institute under Alexis’ guidance is offering a comprehensive curriculum to the new generation of practitioners and teachers. She is creating an open and welcoming community and she will continue to spread the Art for many generations to come. She is the author of The Art of Jin Shin.
About the Reviewer
Bader Saab is a digital journalist and solitary, eclectic witch interested in the darker side of magic and divination. Besides reading and writing, Bader also enjoys studying the Gothic subculture, which he belongs to, learning new languages and making endless lists of movies, music and the like. He can be found on Instagram as @saab.bader.