Jin Shin Do acupressure involves the use of 30 main points. Additional points can be added as the student progresses, but these are the original points that Jin Shin relies on. These points form the eight “strange flows” and include common stagnant and blocked places in the natural flow of energy in the body. By working on these pressure centers through this energy pattern, the points can be regulated and controlled. In addition to these areas, there are several points of the “Grand Central Canal” that will be included in the map of thirty pressure points (tsubo). These central “tsubos” are easily found at anatomical landmarks.
The best way to know you’re on point is by the way you feel. Most of the time they will be places of tightness and tension, which create a hardness to the touch. Often there is a spot in the tsubo that feels like a slight indentation or gap that can rest between the tendons and muscle fibers. It is helpful, if you cannot find this depression, to keep the points that seem the most tense. An acupuncture point can be a very small area, but the affected area is about the size of a dime. As long as you are in the general area, you will be able to release any buildup of energy. Over time, you will develop sensitivity in your fingertips and will be able to detect them more accurately. But for now, practice is all you need to think about.
This is a basic thirty point Jin Shin Do point numbered system that is used to guide the student through an established formula. They are numbered consecutively on the front and back of the body, then on the outside of the arms and on the inside of the arms. There are 12 tsubos in total in the front of the body and twelve in the back and 8 in the arms. Remember that the description of each point is bilateral, that is, it is in the exact place on the other side of the body. Try to practice with yourself first and then with a friend or family member. It’s also helpful to get a graph so you can visually see where the tsubo points are on the body. Any Chinese meridian system diagram will work.
Thirty main treatment points of Jin Shin Do:
Start on the left or right side of the body
1) GB 14 – found on the forehead above the eyebrows. If you draw a straight line from the center of the pupil, you will find an indentation on the forehead, one finger the width of the eyebrow. Press gently for about a minute (the same applies to all the points listed below).
2) ST 3: It is located at the bottom of the cheekbone curve, directly from the center of the eye.
3) ST 13: It is located just below the clavicle in the space between the first and second ribs. Approximately in the middle of the clavicle region.
4) ST 16: located in the space between the third and fourth ribs, directly from the nipples
5) LV 14: it is located at the junction of the cartilage of the ninth rib with the eighth rib.
6) SP 13 – Found about two finger widths above the middle of the groin, usually along the crease of his thigh paintings.
7) SP 10: It is located about three fingers wide above the top of the knee, on the inside of the thigh. It can be easily recognized by the usual sensitivity.
8) SP 9: located on the inside of the leg, just below the head or upper part of the tibia.
9) K 6 – is located approximately one finger wide below the inner ankle bone.
10) SP 4: It is located in the small hollow just below the metatarsal wedge joint of the big toe.
11) GB 41: Found on the outside of the foot, approximately midway between the base of the toes and the front of the outer ankle bone.
12) B 62: It is located just below the outer bone of the ankle and many become sensitive to pressure.
13) GB 34 – found under the head or upper part of the fibula, along the outside of the lower leg.
14) GB 31: It is located just behind the femur and approximately midway between the top of the femur and the knee.
15) B48: It is located outside the upper part of the sacrum, in the dimples of the buttocks.
16) B 47 – and the next two points are located on a long muscle band that can be felt throughout the entire back. Draw a line from the lowest rib to the top of the pelvic bone. And then divide this line in half.
17) B 42 – is located between the 9th and 10th ribs and on the muscle band described above.
18) B38: it is located between the fourth and fifth ribs. Draw a line along the inside of the shoulder blade, then divide this line in half from top to bottom.
19) TW 15 – is located in the small hollow just above the top of the shoulder blade.
20) GB 21: Found in the trapezius muscle at the base of the neck.
21) (extra point) is located approximately midway between the top of the neck and the base of the neck.
22) GB20: It is located just below the base of the skull, in a small gap between the two muscle bands that you will feel.
23) SI 10: It is located at the back of the shoulder, just below the joint between the arm and the shoulder.
24) Li 14: It is located just below the bulging muscle of the upper arm.
25) LI 11 – is located at the front of the elbow joint.
26) TW 5 – is located above the wrist on the outside of the arm. It is located between the two bones of the lower arm and about two fingers wide above the wrist.
27) P6: It is located above the wrist on the inside of the arm, in a position similar to that of number 26.
28) P3: it is located in the crease of the internal region of the elbow.
29) P2: It is located on the inner surface of the upper arm, within the biceps muscle.
30) LU 1 – is located on the outside of the upper chest. It is located below the clavicle and just outside the rib cage at a level about a finger wide above the armpit.