Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient Japanese art of healing which was only passed down orally for generations. Modern life gradually allowed it to sink more and more into oblivion.
It was not until the early 20th century that Jin Shin Jyutsu was revived by the Japanese Master Jiro Murai (1886–1961). Born into a family of doctors, Jiro Murai soon became familiar with Western medicine, but he experienced its limitations first hand when he survived an illness that was considered to be incurable, simply by turning to ancient Japanese tradition.
From that time onwards, Jiro Murai devoted himself to the research and application of Jin Shin Jyutsu till the end of his life. By studying ancient traditions, including Kojiki (the “Record of Ancient Matters”) and from his own experience, he came to the realization that the capacity for healing resides in each of us. We are all born with the instruments of Jin Shin Jyutsu: our hands.
Jiro Murai imparted his knowledge and passed on his research findings to two of his students in particular: Haruki Kato and Mary Burmeister (1918–2008).
Mary Burmeister, a Japanese woman born in the USA, went to Japan at the end of the 1940s to learn about the country of her ancestors. She attended a lecture given by Jiro Murai and was so impressed by his teachings and his personality that she stayed close to Jiro Murai together with her father for six whole years to study the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu in depth. She returned to the USA in 1954 and got married.
Mary Burmeister translated the knowledge of Jiro Murai into English. Over many years of additional studies she developed Jin Shin Jyutsu into the form in which it is now used as self-help or healing treatment. At the start of the 1960s she began to teach and, in the early 1980s, the first practitioner training courses took place in Germany.
Haruki Kato (1928-2014) succeeded Jiro Murai in Japan after his death and is still teaching today.