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Guidelines for Jin Shin Jyutsu® Physio-Philosophy Students

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 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, this outline offers possible road maps for qualified practitioners.

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    • 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.

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 Authorized 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 an Authorized 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 Authorized 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), 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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