Self-Help Workshops For Dancers
Mitzi Adams sees dance as a journey of energies, and it is in connecting those energies where art is made. In 1986, the seeds of this philosophy were planted when Adams first explored Jin Shin Jyutsu®, an ancient healing art which aims to create harmony by balancing the body's energies. It was during her graduate studies when she used it to heal herself from a potentially career-ending injury. She subsequently pursued more extensive training in the art and also became a massage therapist. She has been in professional practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu for the past twenty-two years treating a variety of "projects," from the common cold to life-threatening illnesses.
The Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner seeks to chart the direction of energy-flow by "listening" to the twelve separate "pulses" and their corresponding "depths." If these energies are found to be in disharmony with the other energies or forces, the practitioner then seeks to harmonize this energy so that it can work in conjunction with the others. With all energies in harmony, healing can occur.
Jin Shin Jyutsu does not involve massage, manipulation of the muscles or bones, nor the use of drugs or needles. It is done by placing the fingertips over clothing, on the various "safety energy locks," in order to restore and harmonize the flow of energy. Jin Shin Jyutsu brings balance to the body's energies, allowing the body to function, feel better and heal more quickly.
While anyone can greatly benefit from Jin Shin Jyutsu, its usefulness to dancers is particularly strong. With this in mind, Adams offers special workshops for dancers, teaching them self-help techniques for treating and preventing injuries and for restoring balance to mind, body and spirit. Courses are offered in multiple formats -- as a single "several hours" format, a 1-2 day format, or as on-going training when and where Adams is in residency. The course begins with a video describing this time-honored art, then goes into lecture/demonstration and hands-on practice in self-help techniques.