Article | Category: Glossary Terms

Description of Offering:
Relaxing therapy similar to traditional acupressure, using fingers to release of deep muscle tension.

Believed Origin(s):
The offering is a modern creation (originated after 1800)

Believed Creator(s):
Iona Marsaa TeeguardenAmerican

Offering History:
Beginning in the 1970s, Iona Marsaa Teeguarden used her two decades of bodywork training and experience to develop this unique acupressure technique, Jin Shin Do.  Teeguarden founded the Jin Shin Do Foundation in 1982.

Fun Fact:
Jin Shin Do means "The Way of the Compassionate Spirit"

Primary Benefit Received from the Offering:
Pain Reduction

Other Benefits Received from the Offering:
Increase Circulation in Body
Stress Reduction

Research Findings on Benefits:
There is no current research published which is focused on the benefits of Jin Shin Do.


Typical Length of Offering:
46 - 60 minutes

The offering is most often provided:
one guest at a time

Offering Primarily Suited for the Following Type of Spa(s):
Day Spa (wellness focus)
Resort/Hotel/Cruise Ship Spa
Destination Spa

Number of Treatment Providers Needed to Produce the Offering:

Common License/Certification or Training Necessary to Provide the Offering:
Massage Therapist (with supplemental training)

Comments about the Offering Protocol:
Jin Shin Do® is a whole-body treatment that addresses energy blockages and determines areas of tension, physical or energetic stress, dysfunction, or imbalance. Treatment is performed clothed and practitioners focus on "strange flows" of the Chinese Meridian Theory — the Chinese believe that these channels are reservoirs of the body's essence. The ‘strange flow’ channels have acu-points, just like standard meridians. The touch of Jin Shin Do® tends to be lighter and often uses simultaneous stimulation of both a local and distal point. Each point the practitioner works on may be held for one to two minutes or more.

Type of Space/Facility Used for Offering:
Private Dry Treatment Room
Private Dry Treatment Room

Does the offering require the use of towels?

Does the guest generally use a robe and/or a wrap for the offering?

Does the offering require the use of sheets?
Yes, 1-2

Does the offering require the use of products?

Does the offering require the use of disposable supplies?

Equipment and Supplies Commonly Used to Provide the Offering Include:
Raised Massage-style Table
Technician Chair

Beyond Labor, Linens, Disposable Supplies and Products, what other direct costs are associated with the offering?

Comments about Offering Cost:
Laundering linen.

Typical US Session Cost:
$60-100 USD


Publication(s) used to prepare this submission:
Jin Shin Do Acupressure
Natural Healing Practioners of Canada
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Jin Shin Do
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Author Information:
Travis Sanders
Florida Gulf Coast University
Travis is a Resort and Hospitality Management student at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Editor Information:
Mary Wisnom
Professor, School of Resort & Hospitality Management, Florida Gulf Coast University, USA