• To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

    - Buddha

FREE Lesson #6 – Kyo & Jitsu

Restoring Equilibrium

Life Energy Instinctively Strives For Balance

In shiatsu terminology, tsubos that are painful to the touch are too full of Ki, bodily fluids and toxins; the excess is causing a blockage in the muscle, in the meridian channel and in the tsubo.

Shizuto Masunaga, founder of Zen Shiatsu, referred to fullness of energy as a jitsu, whereas a deficiency resulting in relative ‘lifelessness’ is known as a kyo.

Kyo and jitsu are linked in a continual cycle of cause and effect, in which the kyo (emptiness) causes the jitsu (activeness) in order to bring the body back to its natural balance.

Kyo and jitsu are linked in a continual cycle of cause and effect, in which the kyo (emptiness) causes the jitsu (activeness) in order to bring the body back to its natural balance.

A competent healer must determine whether a tsubo is kyo (low energy) or jitsu (high energy) by the response to the healer’s touch.

Healing begins by balancing the kyo and jitsu in the physical, emotional and spiritual being. Complete balancing also includes freeing up the blocked or stuck areas in the movement of our feelings.

Here is a basic illustration that I use with my clients: Every time you feel hungry you are in need, or, lack what you need.

Hunger = Lacking What You Need = Kyo

Your experience is then one of kyo and your response to this need is to take action, jitsu, by satisfying your craving.

Eating = Action to Fill Need = Jitsu

You bite into a delicious apple and after the last bite you not only cease your activity but you no longer have an empty stomach.

This aspect of you is now in relative balance until you once again feel hunger, or the need to satisfy a craving. Kyo and jitsu are always in this energetic relationship in which the kyo causes the jitsu.

Pain and suffering is caused by not nurturing our kyo. Let’s continue with the basic illustration of satisfying your craving.

What if you are on a strict diet that doesn’t allow any fruit? You know that you are craving a sweet apple. However to satisfy your fad diet you reach for a hard boiled egg.

You might experience a moment of satiation but since your body clearly communicated that it had a need for something sweet soon you will experience your hunger again. And this time it will be more intense and you may begin to feel light headed.

If you take inappropriate action again (ignoring your ‘real’ need) then you are creating an imbalance and since everything is connected you will be creating dis-harmony and eventually dis-ease.

Taking the appropriate action, with our food choices and with life’s bigger challenges, is easy if we understand kyo and jitsu.

Life energy strives for harmony within itself. Believe it or not, it actually takes effort or really unfortunate circumstances to overcome the harmony of the Body and Mind. It is when we get sick that balance has been lost. All illnesses are an attempt to restore harmony to the ki balance in the body.

There are times when the Body and Mind doesn’t have the resources to get well without some assistance. A healer versed in kyo and jitsu can approach the body and meet the needs of the  weakness, kyo,  and if necessary, disperse or calm down the jitsu.

In shiatsu, the practitioner will determine the most kyo meridian channel and the most jitsu meridian channel and focus on harmonizing the ki by stimulating specific tsubos to encourage balance.

By moving some of the Ki from the jitsu meridian into the kyo meridian, you can revitalize the Ki within the kyo meridian, therefore fulfilling its need for more Ki.

What does a jitsu feel like to the touch? What does a kyo feel like to the touch?

We will learn how to identify kyo and jitsu in the next lesson.

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