I am a Registered Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressurist and an Authorized Teacher of Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®. I am Nationally Certified in Asian Bodywork Therapy through the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) and I am also a Certified Massage Therapist. I am a member of the AOBTA (American Association of Bodywork Therapies of Asia) and the ABMP (Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals).
I have studied and practiced various holistic health methods since 1978, including: Western massage, deep muscle release, Shiatsu, Macrobiotic philosophy and cooking, natural foods, herbal remedies, various forms of yoga, Taiji Quan, Qigong, and Jin Shin Do Bodymind Acupressure—which is my specialty. I completed my training to be a Jin Shin Do practitioner in 1994 and then in March, 2000, I completed all of the requirements to be an Authorized Teacher. I passed the national Certification exam for the NCCAOM in October, 2003 (one of only two in Indiana).
“Jin Shin Do” means “The Way of the Compassionate Spirit.” Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® uses gentle yet deep finger pressure on specific acu-points and verbal Body Focusing techniques, to help release “armoring” or chronic tension, balance the “Qi” or energy, and improve vitality. This clothes-on method helps relieve stress- and trauma- related problems. A unique synthesis of a traditional Japanese acupressure technique, classic Chinese acupressure and acupuncture theory,Taoist philosophy, Qigong (breathing and exercise techniques), Reichian segmental theory and principles of Ericksonian psychotherapy, JSD® acupressure was originated by Iona Marsaa Teeguarden.
Though my specialty is Jin Shin Do, I assess what my client needs and apply those techniques that would be most useful. I am able to give deep pressure to those who need it, yet am sensitive to those who respond best to light pressure. Also, I utilize my experience with Jin Shin Do, Qigong and Yoga to teach you techniques to take home with you to enhance your relaxation and/or pain relief, so you will feel good for a much longer time! I look forward to working in partnership with you!
Please review the information and resources provided on this site. If you would like to schedule a session, want to register for a class or have questions, please call (260-745-1727) or email ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Acupressure, like acupuncture, has its roots in the ancient Daoist tradition of China which taught the unity of body, mind and spirit. From this holistic perspective, good health and happiness are the result of free flowing, balanced energy. Acupressure is the perfect combination of energy and physical work. This energy balancing helps to release chronic physical and emotional tension which can assist with your bodymind’s own ability to heal, and to relieve stress and pain.
Traditional Asian healing and philosophy views body, mind and spirit as one inseparable unity and when I work with clients it is always with the recognition of this. “Working on the body, paying attention to the mind and honoring the spirit is an integral part of the work that I do.”
Special thanks to Cheri Haines, ABT & Senior JSD Instructor of Madison, WI for her permission to copy much of the information for my Web page – to save me from lots of work! Her web site is: www.jinshindo1.com and her classes are listed on my classes page. You can read more about Jin Shin Do and the founder, Iona Marsaa Teeguarden and see a complete list of classes at the web site for the Jin Shin Do Foundation: www.jinshindo.org
Jin Shin Do ® Acupressure is not intended for the diagnosis, treatment or cure of disease. It is a relaxation therapy,and a useful adjunct to licensed, qualified medical or psychological care. For any persistent pain or symptom, even a seemingly minor one, the reader is strongly encouraged to consult a medical doctor. When used in conjunction with standard medical treatment, the Jin Shin Do ® Acupressure technique can assist the healing process by releasing tension, decreasing stress and encouraging a sense of increased well-being.
" JSD seeks to support and balance body, mind and spirit."