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JSJ Instructor Biography

Instructor Bio - Willoughby, Anita

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Anita Willoughby is a physio-philosopher who has practiced Jin Shin Jyutsu for 30 years. While her family and clients are based in New York City, Anita’s ability to quickly create a relaxed learning environment in any cultural context makes her a highly sought-out teacher around the globe. Her wisdom regarding the trinity of body, mind, and spirit arises out of a lifetime of experiential, professional, and spiritual learning. Her experiences as a dancer, mother, and healer, as well as her study of the Kabbalah, provide her with a rich garden of knowledge from which she spontaneously plucks insights when adapting to the particular needs of a group of students.

Compassionate, yet frank, Anita uses her exuberant physicality and sense of humor to teach students the practical application of JSJ in daily life.   Anita instills students with an expansive perspective on JSJ, presenting it not as magic bullet for fixing what's 'wrong', but as an adaptive, fluid way to approach and engage the trinity of body, mind, and spirit, throughout our ever-changing lives.

Anita initially began her teaching relationship with Jin Shin Jyutsu by teaching self-help classes in NYC and working in hospital settings with people with critical labels.  Some of these venues included SHARE  (self-help for women and men with breast and ovarian cancer), Cancer Care Centers at both St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital, the Departments of Rheumatology at St. Vincent's Hospital and Hospital for Joint Diseases, and the Fibromyalgia Connection at Hospital for Joint Diseases.

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