Mitzi Adams sees dance as a journey of energies, and it is in connecting those energies where art is made. In 1986, the seeds of this philosophy were planted when Adams first explored Jin Shin Jyutsu®, an ancient healing art which aims to create harmony by balancing the body’s energies. It was during her graduate studies when she used it to heal herself from a potentially career-ending injury. She subsequently pursued more extensive training in the art and also became a board certified massage therapist through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She has been in professional practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu for more than two decades and has treated dancers from various professional dance companies, to Broadway artists and dance teachers. She, as well, works with various other populations of people with a variety of “projects,” from the common cold to life-threatening illnesses.
The Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner seeks to chart the direction of energy-flow by “listening” to the twelve separate “pulses” and their corresponding “depths.” If these energies are found to be in disharmony with the other energies or forces, the practitioner then seeks to harmonize this energy so that it can work in conjunction with the others. With all energies in harmony, healing can occur.
Jin Shin Jyutsu does not involve massage, manipulation of the muscles or bones, nor the use of drugs or needles. It is done by placing the fingertips over clothing, on the various “safety energy locks,” in order to restore and harmonize the flow of energy. Jin Shin Jyutsu brings balance to the body’s energies, allowing the body to function, feel better and heal more quickly. While anyone can greatly benefit from Jin Shin Jyutsu, dancers benefit particularly well from this work.
For more information, please visit Jin Shin Jyutsu of Greenwich/NYC.