History of Jin Shin Jyutsu

Where Jin Shin Jyutsu originated

Jin Shin Jyutsu originated in Japan and is based on ancient wisdom, practical application, and our own intuition. It’s been called the grandmother of acupuncture. The history crosses many years, many countries, and many purposes.

Jiro Murai (1886-1960) developed the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu in the early 20th century. He was born in Taiseimura – now Kaga City – in the Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan, as shown on the map below.

Jiro Murai (founder of Jin Shin Jyutsu) and Japan (his birth place)
Jiro Murai and where he was born

How Jin Shin Jyutsu was developed

Jiro Murai came to understand the ways of harmonising the body during his lifetime. At first, he experienced the beginnings of Jin Shin Jyutsu when he healed from a fatal illness. Then he developed Jin Shin Jyutsu – he drew on ancient Japanese wisdom, divine inspiration, and extensive clinical trials with those who lived near him. He continued developing Jin Shin Jyutsu until the time of his death.

The next phase

Mary Burmeister, mother of western Jin Shin Jyutsu healing art

Jin Shin Jyutsu was further developed by Mary Burmeister (shown in the photo below). She studied with Jiro Murai while living in Japan and after she returned to the United States. Mary Burmeister brought the gift of Jin Shin Jyutsu to the western world and expanded our understanding about the related philosophy of Jin Shin Jyutsu®. She founded Jin Shin Jyutsu Inc.

Since its start, many people have studied the art. Whether you are new to Jin Shin Jyutsu or a longstanding practitioner – there is always more to learn. Our understanding and experience grows over time.

If this resonates with you – you’re very welcome to start on this path. Maybe you’ve found benefits with reiki, acupuncture, massage or another holistic therapy – and you like to try something new. There are so many options – you can come for a session, read one of the many books that are available, or view videos that give information about self-help.