Jin Shin Jyutsu Cheat Sheet for Voice

by Grace Ng Ee Wern

Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy is a holistic Mind-Body healing modality. Energy flows through 26 invisible safety energy locks in the body. Disharmony in the Body and Mind occurs when safety energy locks lock up and energy cannot move. Disharmony manifests as excessive muscular tension, limited movement in the body and breath, feelings of stress and in some cases pain and discomfort.


Disharmony may be resolved by placing one’s hands on two safety energy locks and waiting for pulsation (from the vascular system) to come up to the hands and subside.


Here are some of my most effective ‘quickies’ (Jin Shin Jyutsu speak for ‘shortened version of a series of steps’) for the Voice. If you cannot feel pulsation under your hands, keep your hands in the positions indicated for a minimum of 2 minutes.



Shallow Breath, Hunching

The front of the body represents the Exhale- the ability to give and let go. Do this (Fig. 1) if you or your student has limited movement in the front of the body e.g. shallow breathing, limited movement in the ribs, tight abdominal muscles, tight throat.


Instructions: place your right hand on the junction where your neck meets your shoulders on the left side of the body. Place your left hand under your left buttock. Your hands are on safety energy locks 11 & 25 respectively. (With thanks to Jocelyne Chidiac)


Figure 1


Stiff shoulders, back and neck

The back of the body represents the Inhale- the ability to receive. Do this (Figure 2) if you or your student has any neck-related issues e.g. neck jut, back and down neck posture; stiff shoulders and stiff back.


Instructions: place your right hand on the junction where your neck meets your shoulders on the left side of the body. Place your right hand on your left hip fold.  Your hands are on  safety energy locks 11 & 15 respectively.


Figure 2


Throat, tongue, soft palate tension, nasality

Finger pose 5 (Figure 3) handles all of the above.


Instructions: touch the pad of your left thumb with the nail of your right third finger. Touch the nail of your left thumb with the pad of your right thumb. Hold this finger pose while you sing.


Figure 4

Figure 3


You may do this (Figure 4) before you warm-up for a shorter warm-up time or during your cool-down after a prolonged period of voice use. These hand positions are known as 15/6 in Jin Shin Jyutsu.


Instructions: Place your right hand on your right hip fold. Hold the arch of your right foot with your left hand.

Figure 5

Figure 4


Have fun!



Grace Ng Ee Wern is a voice coach and teacher in Singapore. She is also a qualified Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner.


* Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy is meant to be complementary to allopathic medicine. Please seek professional help if you require medical assistance.


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Listening with the Heart-a Body-Mind approach for Voice Teachers

“ I think therefore I am”. This statement by Rene Descartes proposes a Mind-Body split where a person’s Mind is the sum total of his or her being. We can see how this statement holds true in academic subjects such as Mathematics and Science but whither its application in the Performing Arts where the machines we deal with are living creatures of heart, flesh and bone?


Current voice pedagogy follows the scientific ways of Western medicine. We put something under the microscope. We examine it in the finest detail. We know how it works. We can recreate how it works. But do we really know it? Is a thing the really sum of its parts? Can we put a human being in an MRI or EEG and say that we know what it means to be human?


While we can ‘fix’ parts of the voice, we need to know that these broken parts arise from a mental, emotional and/or physical condition specific to a particular individual- his or her Truth. They are part of something bigger.


What do I mean? The voice is part of the body that is part of self-expression. The body is a beautiful cosmos that science has barely begun to understand. Self-expression finds many manifestations- dance, singing, painting, architecture, landscaping, there are as many ways to express the Self as there are stars in the sky.


If the voice is ‘stuck’, it means that expression of the Self through the vocal and respiratory mechanism is inhibited. Sometimes this inhibition may be at the conscious level. Most of the time, it’s at the subconscious level.


The subconscious is an interesting place where we keep our repressed memories. We remember that time our mother told use to keep our voice down. We remember the time that grandmum told as that ‘good girls don’t shout’. We remember the time when dad said that ‘boys don’t cry’. We take these memories and embody them. We become them. We can’t make those sounds. We’re afraid to make those sounds. We go to voice class and pay someone to give us the space, to help us find those parts of our voice, of ourselves, again.


If we’re unlucky, we get a teacher who says ‘we’re doing it wrong’. ‘Your abdominal muscles are tight’. ‘Your breath support is wrong’. Instead of the space, love and emotional support that we need, we get more reasons to hate ourselves.


What is ‘listening from the Heart’? ‘Listening from the Heart’ means listening to the entire person, not just to the voice. It means listening to what the student tells you about his or her day. It means listening closely to the lyrics of the songs that the student resonates with. It means watching the student’s body closely for signs of fear and anxiety (e.g. sweaty palms, a pale complexion, a hunch, a breathy voice, tight jaw etc.). It means working closely with parents and caregivers. It even means calling for an intervention when one is necessary.


Through the expression of the Body, the Voice reveals a plethora of clues as to what’s happening in the student’s life. As voice teachers, we stand at the front line of defense against any potential mental, emotional and physical disorders. It is our duty to help the student seek appropriate assistance where required.


Quiet your Mind. Open your Heart. Open your eyes. Open your ears. See the Truth of the beautiful being in front of you in its perfection. This body has come a long way- so many chances taken, so many chances missed; so many heartbreaks, so much joy; so much pain, so much happiness; so much love, so much hate. In this moment, all of it is perfect. This being is where he/she needs to be right now. Respect that. Respect all of that, not just the parts that you like. In your teaching, celebrate scars even as you celebrate beauty.


The Mind sees the parts. Love sees the totality.


Love always.


Grace Ng Ee Wern is a holistic health practitioner in Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy and voice teacher.


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