Guidelines for Jin Shin Jyutsu Students

Here you get an overview of study, practice and organizational matters especially for those who want to become more involved with Jin Shin Jyutsu.

Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Class

We highly recommend that all Jin Shin Jyutsu students attend at least one self-help class. These are taught by authorized practitioners in many locations all over the world. This class teaches the fundamental principles of Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy and how to apply the Art to ourselves and those in our lives.

5-Day Basic Seminar

The 5-Day Basic Seminar is for those who want to study and practice Jin Shin Jyutsu and to apply the Art on themselves and others, being the testimony of this simple, profound Art of Living made known to us by Jiro Murai, Mary Burmeister and Haruki Kato. Please see our website for a list of authorized instructors and for the schedule of classes.

  1. Certificate of Attendance: After attending of one 5-Day Basic Seminar, a certificate of attendance is issued.
  1. Three-time 5-Day Basic Seminar Certificate of Attendance:  Upon completion of three 5-Day Basic Seminars, a second certificate is issued, verifying that 105 hours of class time have been attended.
  1. Jin Shin Jyutsu Authorized Practitioner: Upon completion of the third 5-Day Basic Seminar, a student usually has gained a basic awareness and understanding that Jin Shin Jyutsu is a lifetime of study that is just beginning. By agreeing to our Code of Ethics, the student is permitted to use the title Authorized Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner and is entitled to limited rights to Jin Shin Jyutsu materials (see extra chapter).

 Other Classes and Continuing Education

Students at every level of their Jin Shin Jyutsu journey, including Authorized Practitioners, are encouraged to continue their studies and deepen their understanding and practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu. We offer many types of additional classes in various formats. The Special Topic Classes, Mentoring Programs and Expanded 5-Day Classes offer enrichment and in-depth exploration of Jin Shin Jyutsu topics. The Living the Art Seminar, Now Know Myself Seminar and 5-Day Kato Text Training are specialized classes which offer their own certificates of attendance. There are many to choose from! Please see the description of classes and the schedule of classes sections on our website.

As an Authorized Practitioner, you have limited rights to the use of our name:

Jin Shin Jyutsu trademarks – The name “Jin Shin Jyutsu” and the Kanji (the Japanese characters) are trademarks of the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute. In Europe we have a picture name trademark to identify the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu organization. This is the logo that includes a circle within a rectangle and the name Jin Shin Jyutsu.

It is our policy to allow the limited use of our registered name and logos to both authorized and certified practitioners with the understanding that the practitioner is wholly responsible for his or her actions. When using the name Jin Shin Jyutsu and the Kanji, always identify them with the trademark symbol ®, and use them only in connection with the practice of the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu as given to us by Master Jiro Murai, Mary Burmeister, and Haruki Kato.

Authorized practitioners are welcome to use our trademarks on stationery, business cards, and promotional flyers as long as they include the official European logo. We in Bonn and Scottsdale will be happy to answer questions or review any promotional materials for accuracy. When referring to Jin Shin Jyutsu in a title or in its first usage, please write: Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy.


We happily permit publication of articles about Jin Shin Jyutsu in your community, provided that we are given the opportunity to review them in advance for accuracy. It is necessary to obtain our permission before you reproduce our materials or photographs, as they are the intellectual property of the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute.


The Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute gives permission for authorized practitioners to teach self-help classes. If you wish to deepen your understanding and skills, we recommend that you attend a Living the Art (LTA) class. Attending the LTA class also designates you as an authorized self-help teacher and is a requirement if you would like to be listed in our directory of Self-Help teachers.

We ask that the following guidelines be observed:

  1. Please use our name and trademarks properly when producing brochures or flyers about your class and be sure it is clear that it is a Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help class you are teaching.
  1. All self-help classes are to be presented using only the three Self-Help books written by Mary Burmeister. No other material or summary can fully demonstrate the Art (of Getting to Know (Help) Myself) or better inspire the self-help instructor to convey Mary’s. You may also use the handouts given to you in the Living the Art class as teaching tools to support the use of the three Self-Help books, but not as a substitution for the books.
  1. We ask that you teach from your own level of awareness and understanding. In other words, that you speak from your personal experience and practice.
  1. We ask that you do not combine your self-help class with other modalities or disciplines. If you call it a Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help class, you may teach only Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help.
  1. We have found it very helpful when presenting a self-help class to communicate with attendees that while these instructions are intended to assist them in helping themselves (and perhaps to assist friends and family in helping themselves), the class is not intended to prepare them to offer Jin Shin Jyutsu sessions or teach others in a professional capacity (such as practitioner or self-help treacher or 5-Day Basic Seminar Instructor). Making available the latest class schedule brochure can help attendees differentiate between a self-help class and the 5-Day Basic Seminar.

1. When can I practice Jin Shin Jyutsu on a professional basis and refer to myself as a Jin Shin Jyutsu Authorized Practitioner?
First of all, we encourage you to use your jumper cables with friends and family members from the beginning. To qualify as an Authorized Practitioner in Europe, the pathway is to complete three 5-Day Basic Seminars and earn the certificate of attendance. All candidates must also agree to the Jin Shin Jyutsu Code of Ethics.

We encourage new students on this pathway not to hurry through the process of completing their first three classes. Generally, a period of approximately eighteen months is the minimum suggested amount of time recommended to complete the first three 5-Day Basic Seminars. We encourage ongoing attendance at our classes for all practitioners, recognizing the need for continuing study as one begins and maintains a professional practice.

If you choose to practice the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu professionally, please be aware that you are fully responsible for your own actions. The Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute does not assume any responsibility for any type of loss or injury to you or to others. Many practitioners purchase liability insurance. One insurance source is the ABMP, as mentioned in our brochures. Please check with your state and local authorities regarding what is required to practice this type of modality in your community.

2.  Is the certificate of attendance the same as a license?
No. The certificate issued by the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute is a certificate of attendance, verifying that you attended a certain number of classes. The certificate of attendance does not constitute certification or a license, such as those required by some healthcare facilities, state, or municipal governments. The traditional training offered by the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute does not test for proficiency and the certificate solely verifies attendance. As mentioned above, please check with your state and local authorities.

3. What should I charge for a Jin Shin Jyutsu session?
Fees charged for a Jin Shin Jyutsu session tend to vary according to the location and experience of the practitioner. (For instance, the practitioners at the Scottsdale office charge $ 85 per session.) Factors such as license and permit costs, local cost of living, expenses for an office, and the extra expense of house calls can all influence a practitioner’s fee. (Also, we have found that Jin Shin Jyutsu practiced at luxury resorts and health spas is often priced much higher than fees of a private practitioner.) Keeping all of this in mind, we encourage practitioners to keep prices affordable, because modest pricing (and even a sliding scale) keeps Jin Shin Jyutsu more accessible.

4. What terminology is appropriate to use as a practitioner?
The Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute does not use terms, concepts, and practices that are closely associated with the medical profession, such as “therapy, diagnosis,” etc. We do not make claims to “cure” or to be a substitute for appropriate medical care. The use of such terms or the making of such claims may be illegal.

However, we believe Jin Shin Jyutsu profoundly supports the healing process of body, mind, and spirit, and is a valuable complement to conventional healing methods. Appropriate terminology might include ‘harmonizing’, ‘complementary’, ‘integrative’, ‘light-touch energy work’, ‘stress reduction’, and ‘deep relaxation’.

5. Can I use the name Jin Shin Jyutsu and the Kanji (Japanese characters) on my business card?
The name Jin Shin Jyutsu and the Kanji are valuable assets of the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute and serve to identify and distinguish the Art brought to us by Jiro Murai, Mary Burmeister, and Haruki Kato from other modalities and approaches. We encourage authorized practitioners to use the logos on stationery, business cards, promotional flyers, etc., together with the European JSJ logo. It is the responsibility of each practitioner to read the section above, Limited Rights to Jin Shin Jyutsu Materials and follow the guidelines.

6.  What is the correct name of the organization now? I’ve seen both Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. (JSJ, Inc.) and the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute used. Are they separate groups?
Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. and the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute are the same organization. Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc. added the “dba” (doing business as) designation of “Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute” to keep the name “Mary Burmeister” in the forefront of our mission and our organization. We also feel that the name, Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute is more in alignment with an educational organization. Over time we will be using the name “Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute” more frequently.

7.  How may I inform people about Jin Shin Jyutsu?
The Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute has a practitioner information brochure used to introduce Jin Shin Jyutsu to others. We also have introductory materials such as The Touch of Healing, Mary Burmeister’s three Self-Help books, and The Art of Living video. You are not permitted to copy or otherwise reproduce any of our materials without our written consent to do so. We will happily permit you to write and publish articles in your community, provided that we are given the opportunity in advance to review and approve those articles. Public speaking about Jin Shin Jyutsu and offering self-help classes are excellent ways to introduce Jin Shin Jyutsu to others.

8.  Who is authorized to teach Jin Shin Jyutsu?
The Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute authorizes instructors to present Jin Shin Jyutsu materials including Mary Burmeister’s Text 1 and 2. You find the authorized faculty and their classes on our website. These individuals are the only instructors of Mary Burmeister’s and Haruki Kato’s text materials recognized by the Mary Burmeister Jin Shin Jyutsu Institute.

Students and practitioners who have met the criteria for teaching self-help classes may teach others to apply self-help utilizing Jin Shin Jyutsu and Mary Burmeister’s three Self-Help books but are not permitted to teach anyone to apply Jin Shin Jyutsu to others, or teach the materials from Text Books 1 and 2.

9. At what point can I help others through a self-help class?
Authorized practitioners are permitted to teach Jin Shin Jyutsu self-help classes and may use the term Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Teacher. If you have attended at least one Living The Art class (LTA) your designation is Jin Shin Jyutsu Authorized Self-Help Teacher.

10.  Are there any other considerations I should know about before presenting self-help Jin Shin Jyutsu to others?
Please use our name and trademark properly when producing brochures or flyers about your class. We do ask that you clearly refer to yourself as a Jin Shin Jyutsu® Self-Help Instructor or a Jin Shin Jyutsu® Authorized Self-Help Teacher (if you’ve attended an LTA class). Please review the (C) section above on page 4 titled ‘Presenting a Self-Help class’ and contact the Scottsdale office if you have any questions.

Class organizers are the essential link in Jin Shin Jyutsu training and education and serve many important functions. An organizer brings instructors and local students together and helps build a strong community. To get started, many organizers begin to create interest in their areas by offering self-help classes to the public, volunteering at medical/nursing facilities, having a private practice, and/or hosting study groups. Becoming an organizer is a fun and important way to bring Jin Shin Jyutsu to your area.

Any student who has taken at least one 5-Day Basic Seminar is eligible to become an organizer, although we have found that it’s preferable to have taken three 5-Day seminars and earned the authorized practitioner designation.

If you want to bring Jin Shin Jyutsu seminars to your area, contact the Bonn / Scottsdale office so that we may provide you with further information. Please note that organizers contact an instructor directly with an invitation to teach in their area, establish dates for the class, and locate suitable facilities. The Organizer Guide and the Bonn / Scottsdale office can provide guidance for this and for promoting the class, taking care of enrollments, registration, class rosters, etc.

ICEP (Instructor Candidate Evaluation Program)

Interested students must send a letter of intention to the ICEP Administrator, c/o the Scottsdale office and go to which will take you to the JSJ Instructor Training website. Select the tab “Overview” to learn about the required steps to become a candidate: 1) self-certification, 2) application and 3) training. Once you have successfully met the requirements for self-certification, call the Scottsdale office to receive further instructions.

For those who prefer to read the whole text: Guidelines for Students (PDF-Download)