The History of Jin Shin Jyutsu

According to the ‘Record of Ancient Things’, the so called Kojiki from the year 712 A.D., which remain in the Archives of the Imperial Palace in Japan, Jin Shin Jyutsu was widely known before the birth of Gautama Buddha (583 B.C.) and Moses (about 1250 B.C.).

As was customary at the time, the knowledge of the Art was passed on verbally from generation to generation, like a ‘key’ to the treasures of Jin Shin Jyutsu. Gradually these keys began to fade until the true concept of this Art was virtually lost. The rediscovery of these ancient treasures came about through Master Jiro Murai of Japan in the early 1900’s. After having cured himself from a life threatening illness by using this method along with meditation and fasting, he dedicated the rest of his life to the study of the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu.

In the middle of the 20th century Jiro Murai invited a young Japanese woman born in America - Mary Burmeister - to study with him and make Jin Shin Jyutsu accessible to the West. Mary Burmeister returned to the United States in 1954 and started to teach the Art there in the early 60’s. Jin Shin Jyutsu spread very fast in the US with it’s center in Scottsdale, Arizona, where Mary lived until her passing in 2008.

In 1977 Mary came to Europe for  the first time to teach the Art. Due to the increasing interest  in Jin Shin Jyutsu, the European office in Bonn was founded.

Jin Shin Jyutsu came to Austria at first with Self Help classes in 1992 and 5-day classes are offered here since 1999. The number of people interested in Jin Shin Jyutsu continued to grow which eventually led to the establishment of the ‘Jin Shin Jyutsu Austria’ association in November 2006. Those who are using JSJ for Self Help as well as practitioners find their needs met  in this association.