It is a Japanese energy healing modality based on the idea that energy pathways throughout the body can be blocked or limited and that these blockages or limitations can cause discomfort, pain and even illness. A series of hand placement combinations - almost like a Japanese Mudra system - that stimulate circulation of energy along the pathways and the movements themselves redirect or unblock the flow of energy along those pathways. Jin Shin Jyutsu actually means 'Art of the Creator through the person of knowing and compassion' and is the art of releasing tensions which cause various symptoms in the body and spirit. Jin Shin Jyutsu is generally referred to as energy work and has roots common to acupuncture. Of the energy modalities such as Reiki, Acupressure and Shiatsu, Jin Shin Jyutsu is unique in that the practitioner ascertains overloads or insufficiencies at the level of effect in the organ function energies (lung, large intestine, stomach, spleen, heart, small intestine, bladder kidney, diaphragm, umbilicus, gall bladder and liver function energies), and at the level of cause on the pre-manifested level.