Jin Shin Jyutsu® for your Animals


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Destin, Florida newspaper article
August 9, 2010, 9:19 pm

When Adele Leas kneels on the floor of her Destin home and calls for her dog, Daisy, the lab knows exactly what’s coming and immediately rolls on her side.

Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) is an ancient, hands-on application that energizes the mind, body and spirit. And Leas, a certified JSJ practitioner and self-help instructor, has been practicing and teaching the art form since 1991. She continues to apply the technique to human clients who are searching for a way to harmonize the separate parts of their being.

But over the past decade, Leas has taken a pioneering approach and now applies JSJ to animals.

As said by her Web site, dogs, cats, horses and other animals have an innate understanding of this non-verbal art and “seem to have been waiting their whole lives to be touched like this.”

“I really want to spread kindness,” said Leas, author of “JIN SHIN JYUTSU: For Your Animal Companion.”

“I get requests for my book from places like Australia, South Africa and Italy.”

Sharing JSJ with one’s animal is described as a “deeply rewarding experience.” Applying the art is meant to promote well being, aid healing, increase communication and deepen the bond between the pet owner and the animal companion.

“We should treat animals with respect,” said Leas. “They understand energy just like we do.”

According to Jin Shin Jyutsu Inc., the Japanese practice was passed down through the generations, but almost became extinct before it was revived in the early 20th century by Master Jiro Murai. He used the custom to cure himself of a life-threatening illness. It was taken across the Pacific to America in the 1950s and since then has produced thousands of students around the United States and the world.

“It’s a life-long study,” said Leas. “But it is easy to learn enough in an hour. It is very usable and it is not in contradiction with the medical world.”

Calling Destin home, Leas splits her time between Destin and New Orleans, where she has human and animal clients. She has used her abilities to aid animals since Hurricane Katrina. She also devotes time to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah — the largest no-kill animal sanctuary in America, which has over 6,000 animals.

Some of Leas’ most high-profile work has been with the surviving dogs of the Michael Vick dog fighting case.

“Their big issue was terror,” said Leas. “But some of them have been adopted and they now lead fabulous lives. [The practice] really helped let go of the trauma and fear.”

Leas does some of her work at the Alaqua Animal Refuge adoption center in HarborWalk Village.
For more information on JSJ or a copy of Leas’ book, visit jsjforyouranimal.com.

“It’s based on breathing,” said Leas. “It can help arthritis, skin problems or emotional problems. It makes aging gentler.”


Jin Shin Jyutsu for your Animals
August 9, 2010, 9:19 pm


If somebody ever decides to hold a national Jin Shin Jyutsu competition, don’t expect a packed stadium of fans in body paint and team colors. As Adele Leas says every time she describes Jin Shin Jyutsu, "It’s not a spectator sport."

Adele has been to Best Friends many times to use her skills in Jin Shin Jyutsu to benefit the animals. Jin Shin is a centuries-old practice that helps bring the body back in harmony with itself. Once in harmony, the body can release pain or tension and begin to heal faster. The easiest way to understand Jin Shin, though, is to see it in action.

The upshot of Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions is that an animal will slip into a state of deep, deep relaxation. Often they’ll fall asleep. Jin Shin works with energy blocks located throughout the body. A trained practitioner learns how to manipulate these energy blocks to create healing and relaxation. Jin Shin Jyutsu has been used for hundreds of years on people, but Adele is a pioneer when it comes to using it on animals. Three times a year, she comes all the way from New Orleans to practice Jin Shin around the sanctuary. During her most recent visit, she focused on the Vicktory dogs, rescued from the property of former NFL quarterback Michael Vick.

Adele loved every minute with these dogs; she says the Vicktory dogs responded well to Jin Shin. After all, Jin Shin Jyutsu aims to release fears and promote calmness and healing. Who better to work on than a group like this, with the violent past they’ve had? Not all the Vicktory dogs were ready to trust enough to do the full program. But those who did made amazing progress.

For example, Halle (pictured), used to be full of anxiety. Adele says she stayed tense all throughout her first sessions. But after just a few more visits, Halle started releasing that stress and anxiety through the energy work. By the end, Halle turned into one relaxed lump of fluff in Adele’s arms. Not bad!

Adele’s favorite success story is Ellen, also known as Ellen Belly. (Ellen loves belly rubs!) Ellen seems to have some nerve damage in her face; the left side of her face is scrunched up like she has a bad headache. And the right side of her face droops a bit. Adele says that for the first session or two, Ellen was a bit leery. But that didn’t last long. After a couple days, Ellen started to welcome Jin Shin. She even reached a point where she’d fall asleep mid-session.

But the biggest surprise of all was when Adele and the caregivers could see visible relaxation in the left side of Ellen’s face. In only a week and a half of Jin Shin, Ellen was starting to let go of a mountain of tension and stress. While at Best Friends, Adele taught Jin Shin to any caregivers and trainers who wanted to learn. Some of Ellen’s caregivers took the class, so they can continue her Jin Shin Jyutsu now that Adele has returned home. And that’s just fine by Ellen, Halle, and all the rest.

Story by David Dickson
Photos by Molly Wald

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