Archive for November, 2012

The Power of Touch, Jin Shin Jyutsu (Acupressure)

What began as a life size body map became this chart of the 26 energy locks of Jin Shin Jyutsu

Touch is magic. When my mom put her palm to my forehead to measure my temperature, when my dad held my hand, even when the priest rubbed ashes on my brow, I felt better instantly. We all know the healing power of touch. Chiropractics, Polarity Therapy, Acupuncture charts, Chakra systems all have similar body maps of energy patterns. When I have a headache I squeeze the bridge of my nose and get immediate relief. If something hurts, I push on it. It makes so much sense.

I am a true do it yourself-er. (Googling is a dangerous tool for my kind).  Recently, I went online to order an acupuncture chart and a box of needles so I could try it out. It looked way too complicated so I decided to try acupressure which is a similar concept but non-invasive.

One of the energy healing methods is the acupressure art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. They call it an art because it requires a creative way of being. One needs to tune in and be able to feel the flow of energy so they know where to hold and for how long. Who better than oneself to be able to tap into the inner knowledge of what parts of our bodies need attention? It is a great self-healing tool.

The premise of Jin Shin Jyutsu is to awaken us to our innate healing power. Using our fingers like jumper cables, we can stimulate the flow of energy along our meridians and harmonize our inner rhythm with the universal pulse of the “source”. Keeping the rivers of energy flowing smoothly makes for a healthier mind, body and spirit. Pressing on the energy locks removes blockages caused by fears, diet, injury, stress etc. These blockages cause discomfort not only in local areas but they cause disharmony throughout the body. Unlocking the dams, releasing tension, increasing circulation and reducing pain all help us develop vibrant health.

November 26, 2012 at 1:50 am Leave a comment

Hidden Shadows, Beauty in the Dark Side

Image of Soul

I have survived with my fragile core by developing elaborate ways of being that veil (protect) my true authentic self. These personalities I wear are so well worn and ingrained that I don’t even recognize them as inauthentic. My family did not acknowledge negative emotions or pessimistic comments. Now, as an adult, it is hard for me to process negative emotions sometimes tuning out “bad stuff”. I even avoid situations or ideas that have the potential for being ugly or unpleasant.

I made a 12” square “inside outside” box. I painted the outside describing what I considered prominent dimensions of my personality. My six sides were painted as spiritual, logical, sensual, nurturing, playful and beautiful. The inside of the box held layers of spirals of white tissue with bright lights shining through. I thought of how these outside images were all just ideas I had about myself. The important part was on the inside with the pure white light representing an open, accepting, clear, glowing soul. It was beautiful in its simplicity. But this morning, upon refection, I realized that on the outside of my box, I had forgotten to portray any shadow parts of my personalities. I had depicted my family’s accepted ROLES!

I have made a pledge to myself to be attentive to the “negative”. Rather than turn away or shut down, I am going to let myself experience these feelings. To be conscious of my response and pay attention to it, I intend to develop a tolerance for the dark side. I have established a habit of denying what doesn’t feel “good”. To break loose from this habit, I am going to write down one example each day for 30 days. If I dissolve some of the automatic blockage of what I perceive to be negative, I will more be able to fully experience myself and my life.

Mandala representing my spiritual side on top of Inside Outside Box

Fun playful side and sensual, sensitive sides of Inside Outside box

Peaceful, nurturing side and pragmatic, logic side at the base of my Inside Outside Box

November 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment


AUTHOR Amy Hautman Bates

I started this blog intending to write about the creative art's health and healing potential. Having been around art all my life, I thought I knew a lot about Art Therapy. But the more I read, the more fascinated I became, and the more I realized how little I knew. This blog is about my journey from full time artist to student at Southwestern College to Art Therapist... and whatever happens along the way.

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