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Dear Students and friends of Jin Shin Jyutsu,

Thanks to your love and interest, the gift of the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy continues to ripple out into ever-widening circles, reaching more people around the world. It is inspiring to see so many of you continue to grow in your awareness and to hear stories about the many ways that Jin Shin Jyutsu has touched your lives and those of your friends and families.

In order to grow together as a strong community, we feel it will be helpful to clarify certain practical matters. The following is an outline of study, practice, organizational participation and frequently asked questions that we hope is helpful to students wishing to make Jin Shin Jyutsu a strong focus in their lives. Some or only part of this may be pertinent to your direction and personal growth. Although no one is required to travel down any of these paths, we feel that this outline may offer some guidance about prerequisites for classes and practitioner-level status. We hope this helps you to see the path of study our organization offers in the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy.

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Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Class: We highly recommend that all Jin Shin Jyutsu students attend at least one Self-Help class. During this class, we study fundamental principles of Physio-Philosophy and how to apply the Art to ourselves and those in our lives. We believe a Self-Help class should be facilitated only by students who have at least a basic understanding of the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. We have found that students who have completed the 5-Day Basic Seminar at least 3 times along with the Living the Art Seminar at least once generally have the basic understanding necessary to facilitate Self-Help classes using Mary Burmeister's three Self-Help books.  This said, it is not required to attend the LTA to teach self-help classes.  However, by attending the LTA  allows you to list this qualification on the JSJ practitioner locator, or in any other JSJ Inc publication.  

5-Day Basic Seminar: The 5-Day Basic Seminar is for those who want to study and practice Jin Shin Jyutsu and to apply the Art on themselves and others, being the testimony of this simple, profound Art of Living, made known to us by Mary Burmeister and Jiro Murai. Authorized instructors for the 5-Day Basic Seminar are: Muriel Carlton, Philomena Dooley, Wayne Hackett, Chus Arias, Cynthia Broshi, Petra Elmendorff, Carlos Gutterres, Sara Harper, Ian Harris, Mona Harris, Jennifer Holmes, Sadaki Kato (Teaching with Haruki Kato Texts), Iole Lebensztajn, Nathalie Max, Birgitta Meinhardt, Jill Marie Pasquinelli, Waltraud Riegger-Krause, Jed Schwartz, Susan Schwartz, Margareth Umeoka Serra,  Michael Wenninger and Anita Willoughby.

  • Certificate of completion: After attendance of one 5-day Basic Seminar, a certificate of completion is issued.
  • Three-time 5-Day Basic Seminar Certificate: Upon completion of three 5-Day Basic Seminars, a second certificate is issued, certifying that 105 hours of class time have been attended.
  • Jin Shin Jyutsu Student Practitioner: Upon completion of a student's third 5-Day Basic Seminar, a student has usually gained a basic awareness and understanding that Jin Shin Jyutsu is a lifetime of study that is just beginning.

    As a Student Practitioner, you have limited rights to the use of our name:
    • Jin Shin Jyutsu trademarks: The name "Jin Shin Jyutsu" and the Kanji (the Japanese characters) are trademarks of Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. All usages of either "Jin Shin Jyutsu" or the Kanji (the Japanese character) must bear the ® symbol.

      Upon completion of the student's third 5-Day Basic Seminar and as a practitioner and/or self-help instructor of Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy, the student has limited rights to use the Jin Shin Jyutsu name and Kanji logo. Student practitioners are welcome to use these on stationery, business cards, promotional flyers, etc. as long as they include the ® symbol (as indicated above, and in the format shown on our letterhead at the top of this document). We in Scottsdale will be happy to answer questions or review any promotional materials for accuracy. When referring to Jin Shin Jyutsu in a title or in its first usage, please write:

      Jin Shin Jyutsu ® Physio-Philosophy
Thereafter, it is not necessary to use the ® every time. The Kanji logo must have the appropriate symbol next to it, every time, regardless. We may withdraw this consent to use our trademarks if you take any action that we believe may negatively impact upon our reputation and Philosophy.

Please contact the Scottsdale office to obtain image files of the Kanji logo
    • Publications: We happily permit publication of articles in your community, provided that we are given the opportunity to review them in advance for accuracy. It is necessary to obtain our permission before you reproduce our materials or photographs, as they are the intellectual property of Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc.
    • Presenting a Self-Help Class: After attendance of three 5-Day Basic Seminars, the student should understand the basics enough to help facilitate Self-Help classes using Mary Burmeister's three Self-Help books. Starting 2012, we now require the attendance of at least one Living the Art (LTA) Seminar to be an authorized Self-Help instructor. (See below "Living the Art Seminar.")

Please use our name and trademarks properly when producing brochures or flyers about your class. We do ask that you make it clear in your flyer that it is a Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help class you are teaching.

Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. gives permission for Jin Shin Jyutsu student practitioners to teach Self-Help classes. We ask that the following guidelines be observed:

  1. All Self-Help classes are to be presented using only the 3 Self-Help Books written by Mary Burmeister. No other material or summary can fully demonstrate the Art (of Getting to Know (Help) Myself) or better inspire the self-help instructor to convey Mary's message. However, you may use the handouts given to you in the Living the Art Seminar as teaching tools to support the use of the 3 Self-Help Books, but not as a substitution for the Books.
  2. We ask that you teach from your own level of experience and understanding. In other words, that you speak from your own experience and practice.
  3. We ask that you do NOT combine the Self-Help class with other modalities or disciplines. If you call it a Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help class, you may teach ONLY Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help.

We have found it very helpful when presenting a Self-Help class to communicate with students that while these instructions are intended to assist them in helping themselves (and perhaps to assist friends and family in helping themselves), it is not intended to prepare them to offer Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions or teach others in a professional capacity (such as practitioner or self-help instructor or 5-Day Basic Seminar instructor). Making available the latest seminar calendar brochure can help students differentiate between the Self-Help class and the 5-Day Basic Seminar.

Special Topic Classes: These are classes where we have the opportunity to look at a specific Jin Shin Jyutsu subject in a more detailed and profound way. It offers a chance to study and amplify relationships among the many aspects of Jin Shin Jyutsu, with more interaction between the students and the instructor. The classes have a very flexible format which can vary in size, number of days and subject matter, e.g., Pulses, Body Reading, The Depths, The Methods of Correction, Astrology, Organ Flows, etc. Prerequisite (unless otherwise stated) is attendance of at least one 5-Day Basic Seminar.

Expanded Special Topic Classes: These classes allow two instructors to provide a more in-depth learning experience. The classes can vary in size and may be up to four days. The Expanded Special Topic Classes have a requirement of attendance of one 5-Day Basic Seminar (unless otherwise stated - some require three).

Living the Art Seminar: Mary Burmeister said that in "the awareness of the moment (the breath), one's present state of being will become an Art of LIVING." The purpose of this seminar is to bring us into this awareness through a detailed exploration of Mary's three Self-Help Books and through practicing the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help. This seminar differs from the Self-Help Class in that the meanings of Mary's words and numbers in the books are presented at a deeper level, creating a bridge of information with Texts 1 and 2 from the 5-Day Basic Seminar. With this background, students are better prepared to study, practice and perhaps teach Self-Help. Time is allotted for discussion and refinement of communication skills on selected Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help topics.

This seminar involves exploring Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help in depth with Mary Burmeister's three Self-Help Books, revealing all that Mary has included in these extraordinary books, and becoming more familiar with their contents. This class can deepen one's understanding and daily practice of the self-help materials. A third objective is to improve our ability to share clearly, simply and safely the Physio-Philosophy and the Self-Help practice with others (family, friends, clients, groups), privately, in a lecture or Self-Help class.

Prerequisite: Completion of the three 5-Day Basic Seminars. Upon completion of your third 5-Day Basic Seminar and your Living the Art Seminar, you will receive your Living the Art certificate of attendance.

All Jin Shin Jyutsu students are encouraged to attend this class. Those wishing to be listed as an authorized Self-Help Instructor on our Practitioner Locator are required to attend this class at least once.

Now Know Myself Seminar: The purpose of the Now Know Myself Seminar (NKM) is to further examine the wealth of information in Texts 1 and 2 and offer some new material. This seminar is co-presented by a panel of instructors, whose number will be determined by the number of students enrolled. Participants experience hands-on daily, both as practitioners and receivers. The primary objective is to enrich each individual's understanding of the why's and how to's of this beautiful Art with emphasis on the unique concerns of practitioners. It is an opportunity to develop Jin Shin Jyutsu concepts and practice in a very profound way.

The Now Know Myself seminar complements the fundamental training for anyone aspiring to become a capable Jin Shin Jyutsu® Student Practitioner.

Prerequisites:Three of the 5-Day Basic Seminars. At the end of this seminar the student will receive the Now Know Myself certificate.

Mentoring Programs: The Student/Practitioner Mentoring Programs provide in-depth, practical study in a small group setting with an instructor. For either 3 or 5 days, up to 9 student/practitioners will gather with one faculty member, and participate each day in hands-on, discussion and other study activities.

Five Day Mentoring at the Scottsdale Office: Each participant receives two sessions daily. Individual instructors have different class prerequisites; however there is always a minimum of 2 years experience required. If you would like to sign up for an Instructor's Mentoring Program then please call the office or download the application form on our website.

Three Day Mentoring Special Topic Class: A new format, this class is a descendent of the five day mentoring class held in Scottsdale. Now, given in the students' or the instructors' hometown, it will provide an intimate setting (maximum of 9 students) with one instructor, exploring the depths, practical application, and simplicity of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Each student will receive sessions during the three-day period. Requirements may differ with each instructor.

Expanded 5-Day Basic Seminar (5x3): This class offers an in-depth study of the 5-Day class material over an extended period of time. This new format will focus on the study of Text 1 and Text 2, five times a year, three days at a time, for a total of fifteen days ...fifteen days to experience the 5-Day class material through the three layers of body, mind and spirit...fifteen days for the 15s to be in "joy and laughter," – to dedicate ourselves to a divine purpose, – to "wash our hearts with laughter" and to simply BE.

The Physio-Philosophy, Physio-Psychology and Physio-Physiology of Jin Shin Jyutsu will be explored with an emphasis on how to practice and BE this Art, and how to bring this awareness into our practice with hands-on sessions. Being together as a group five times in a period of at least five months, will allow us to bring a new depth of understanding into our practice and give us more time for inner experience and sharing with each other. The flows will be experienced in pairs, to replicate being with a client and to give and receive each of the flows. We will spend time with the flows to discuss and feel the movement of energy through the body and explore the jumper cable energy. We will have time to refine our way of touching in the state of Being rather than doing. Body reading and pulse listening will be part of the class. In addition, flows which are not in the Texts will be presented and practiced (e.g., the Sinus Flow, Special Immune System Flow, the Regeneration Flow, Special Diabetes Flow, amongst others). Discuss, explore, experience, practice (DEEP-en) your awareness and understanding, exploring the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu.

PLEASE NOTE: Starting and finishing times for each 3 day unit may vary from course to course. Each student signs up for each Instructor's complete course. Class size will be maximum 20 with one Instructor and 30 with two Instructors. For further information, please contact the Instructors or Organizers for these classes.

Prerequisite: a minimum of five 5-Day classes. Each student signs up for all five classes.

Becoming an Organizer

If you want to bring Jin Shin Jyutsu seminars to your area, you need to have completed the 5-Day Basic Seminar at least once, although three times is preferable. Contact the Scottsdale office so that we may provide you with an Organizer Guide and faculty information. With this Organizer Guide, you will be given the information regarding the organizing of a Jin Shin Jyutsu seminar. You will need to contact an instructor directly to invite them to teach in your area and establish dates for the class. You will also be responsible for locating suitable facilities for the class. The Organizer Guide and the Scottsdale office can provide you guidance for this and for promoting the class, taking care of enrollments, registration, class rosters, etc.

Read more on our Becoming an Organizer pageto see what is needed to bringing JSJ to a new community

Becoming a 5-Day Basic Seminar Instructor [the Instructor Training Program (ITP)]

Interested students must send a letter of intention to the ITP Administrator, c/o the Scottsdale office and go to which will take you to the JSJ Instructor Certification website, select the tab "Overview" to read up on what is required to become an instructor: 1) Self-certification, 2) Application and 3) Training. Once you have accomplished the Self-certification phase, call the Scottsdale office to receive further instructions.

The ITP website can also be reached by going to the JSJ homepage, scrolling down to "Quick Links" and clicking "Instructor Training" on the bottom right of the list.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When am I able to practice Jin Shin Jyutsu on a professional basis and refer to myself as a Jin Shin Jyutsu student practitioner?

Answer: First of all, we encourage you to use your jumper cables with friends and family members from the beginning. However, since such a volume of material is covered in the seminar, and no test is given to measure one's understanding, we feel that we cannot certify any student practitioner's abilities. What we provide is a certificate of attendance after completing your first and third 5-Day basic seminars. If you choose to practice the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu on others, please be aware that you are fully responsible for your own actions. Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. does not assume any responsibility for any type of loss or injury to you or to others. Many student practitioners purchase liability insurance. One insurance source is the ABMP, as mentioned in our brochures. We encourage new students not to hurry through the process of completing their first three classes. Generally, a period of approximately 18 months is the minimum suggested amount of time recommended to complete your first three 5-Day basic seminars. If you intend to practice professionally, we encourage regular attendance of our classes and recognize the need for experience before one begins a practice. Please check with your state and local authorities regarding what is required to practice this type of modality in your community.

2. Is a Jin Shin Jyutsu certificate the same as a license?

Answer: No. The certificate issued by Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. is a certificate of attendance, certifying that you attended a minimum number of classes. The certificate does not constitute a license, such as those required by state or municipal governments for massage therapists. Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. does not test for proficiency nor do background checks on its students. As mentioned above, please check with your state and local authorities.

3. What should I charge for a Jin Shin Jyutsu session?

Answer: Fees charged for a Jin Shin Jyutsu session tend to vary according to the location and experience of the student practitioner. (For instance, Mary Burmeister's associates at the Scottsdale office charge $75 per session.) Factors such as license and permit costs, local cost of living, expenses for an office, and the extra expense of house calls can all influence a student practitioner's fee. (Also, we have found that Jin Shin Jyutsu practiced at luxury resorts and health spas is often priced much higher than fees of a private student practitioner.) Keeping all of this in mind, we encourage student practitioners to keep prices affordable, because modest pricing (and even a sliding scale) keeps Jin Shin Jyutsu more accessible.

4. What terminology is appropriate to use as a student practitioner?

Answer: Mary Burmeister and Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. do not use terms, concepts, and practices that are closely associated with the medical profession, such as "therapy," "diagnosis," etc. We do not make claims to "cure" or to be a substitute for appropriate medical care. Indeed, the use of such terms or the making of such claims may be illegal. However, we believe Jin Shin Jyutsu profoundly supports the healing process of body, mind and spirit, and is a valuable complement to, not necessarily a replacement for, conventional healing methods.

5. Can I use the name Jin Shin Jyutsu and its Kanji (Japanese characters) on my business card?

Answer: The name Jin Shin Jyutsu and the Kanji are valuable assets of Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. and serve to identify and distinguish the Art brought to us by Master Jiro Murai and Mary Burmeister from other modalities which are practiced by people who neither understand nor share our values and teachings. It is our policy to allow the limited use of our above registered name and logos to those who have completed the five-day basic seminar at least three times with the understanding that the student practitioner is wholly responsible for his or her actions and will indemnify Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. and its affiliates from any and all liability to the student practitioner and third parties.

When using the name Jin Shin Jyutsu and the Kanji, always identify them with the trademark symbol ®, and use them only in connection with the practice of the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu as given to us by Master Jiro Murai and Mary Burmeister. We encourage qualified student practitioners to use the logos on stationery, business cards, promotional flyers, etc., together with the trademark symbol. Of course, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. reserves the right to revoke the right to use any of the registered trademarks if the marks are not being used in a manner consistent with the Blessings of the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu or do not meet Jin Shin Jyutsu's standards of quality, or for other reasons which are in the best interest of Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc.

6. How may I inform people about Jin Shin Jyutsu?

Answer: Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. has a practitioner information brochure used to introduce Jin Shin Jyutsu to others. We also have introductory materials such as The Touch of Healing, Mary Burmeister's 3 Self-Help books, and The Art of Living video. You are not permitted to copy or otherwise reproduce any of our materials without our written consent to do so. We will happily permit you to write and publish articles in your community, provided that we are given the opportunity in advance to review and approve those articles. Public speaking about Jin Shin Jyutsu and offering Self-Help classes are excellent ways to introduce Jin Shin Jyutsu to others.

7. Who is authorized to teach Jin Shin Jyutsu?

Answer: Currently Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. has contracted and authorized twenty-three instructors to present Jin Shin Jyutsu materials, including Text 1 & 2. The currently authorized instructors are: Muriel Carlton, Philomena Dooley, Wayne Hackett, Cynthia Broshi, Petra Elmendorff, Carlos Gutterres, Sara Harper, Ian Harris, Mona Harris, Jennifer Holmes, Iole Lebensztajn, Nathalie Max, Birgitta Meinhardt, Jill Marie Pasquinelli (Holden), Waltraud Riegger-Krause, Jed Schwartz, Susan Schwartz, Margareth Serra, Michael Wenninger and Anita Willoughby. The above-mentioned individuals are the only instructors (of text materials), other than Mary Burmeister, recognized by Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. Therefore, as discussed in the Presenting Self-Help Classes section below, those qualified students may teach others to perform Self-Help utilizing Jin Shin Jyutsu but are not permitted to teach anyone to perform Jin Shin Jyutsu on others or from the text books.


1. At what point can I help others through a Self-Help class?

Answer:  The prerequisite for teaching Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help is a minimum of three 5 day basic seminars.  We have found that students who have completed the 5-Day Basic Seminar at least 3 times along with the Living the Art Seminar, generally have the broader understanding necessary to facilitate Self-Help classes using Mary Burmeister's three Self-Help books. To  become a certified Self Help Instructor and be able to advertise on the Locator you would also need 
to have studied one Living The Art (LTA) class.

2. Are there any other considerations I should know about before presenting Self-Help Jin Shin Jyutsu to others?

Answer: Please use our name and trademark properly when producing brochures or flyers about your class. We do ask that you clearly refer to yourself as a Self-Help instructor (preferably including the words "Self-Help" in the title). Please contact the Scottsdale office if you have any questions.

If you present a Self-Help class, please communicate to students that, while this instruction is intended to assist them in helping themselves (and perhaps friends and family), it is not intended to prepare them to practice Jin Shin Jyutsu on others or to share Jin Shin Jyutsu with others in a professional capacity (such as a student practitioner or instructor). We suggest that you make available the latest seminar calendar brochure to help students differentiate between the levels of training.

We thank you for your loving participation in sharing the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. We know that our community will continue to flourish with your collective support and dedication.


David Burmeister
Director, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc.

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