About Leslie Demich
As most practitioners will tell you, the road to Jin Shin Jyutsu often begins with suffering. In my case, it was my husband’s suffering. An avid football player in high school, Gary’s knees developed severe osteoarthritis later in life. When an unrelated health complication required him to go off his pain medications and anti-inflammatories, he was no longer able to sleep, stand, walk or sit for any reasonable period. He was in terrible pain. Acupuncture helped, but he had a hard time integrating it into his life. In desperation, we turned to a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner whom I’d known and liked as a friend for years “in spite” of what she did for a living. Until that moment, it hadn’t occurred to me to ask her for help because I didn’t think that weird Jin Shin Jyutsu stuff was “real.” I thought it was just some froo-froo new-agey thing that required a healthy dose of gullibility to make it work. IF it worked. Which I doubted. But by then we were desperate for relief.
In five sessions, Gary was sleeping through the night, standing up straight, enjoying life and, as an added bonus, his sleep apnea had diminished substantially. A few weeks later, my friend called and said, “You know, I teach a self-help Jin Shin Jyutsu class, and if you came to the class, I could show you how to help Gary.” That sounded pretty generous, so I signed up.
At last the day of the class began. I have to admit there was still a bit of eye-rolling on my part; that is, until I felt the actual energy pulse of the body. I was blown away. All this time, without even knowing it, the means of relieving pain and suffering had been at my finger tips. I learned that everyone can work with the energy system of the body, and that Jin Shin Jyutsu provides a way to do so that is completely non-invasive and gently effective. I was completely enchanted.
From that day forward, I began my studies to become a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner. That meant transitioning out of a successful and lucrative 30-year career in public relations. It meant confessing to friends and family that I was about to jump off the deep end into a field of study that I had once dismissed out of hand (they were all for it, it turns out!) It meant hundreds of hours of study and practice all over the country. And it meant tapping into a network of the finest Jin Shin Jyutsu instructors in the world, through the organization that institutionalized the training, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Inc.
Today I have a full-time practice in the Olympia area (677 Woodland Square Loop, SE, Lacey, WA). I see many clients experiencing all kinds of life and health challenges. Some clients use Jin Shin Jyutsu to augment and enhance the effectiveness of medical treatment; some use it to help clear chronic discomforts, and some come purely for the relaxation. Jin Shin Jyutsu is a wonderful way to let go and heal. I also teach self-help classes periodically based on demand. Individuals who attend these classes are interested in taking better care of themselves, and some are interested in learning more about how they, too, can become practitioners of this amazing art.
What sets me apart as a practitioner, I believe, is that I do not “dabble.” Jin Shin Jyutsu is not one of several other modalities I practice. I only practice Jin Shin Jyutsu. That means my knowledge, skill, understanding and experience run deep. I continually update my knowledge and hone my skills by attending Jin Shin Jyutsu foundational, advanced and special-topic classes yearly. As a woman of a certain age, I also bring a depth of wisdom to my practice that leaves clients feeling supported and understood, no matter what they are going through.