The Walton Sun, Deborah Wheeler

Jin Shin Jyutsu for your Animals
August 9, 2010

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

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