Brotherly Love: How Jin Shin Jyutsu Changed My Puppy’s Life

Brotherly Love: How Jin Shin Jyutsu Changed My Puppy’s Life

By: Gail Okray

Nine weeks of anticipation were over; two healthy Boston Terrier pups were born, one girl and
one boy. As the veterinarian looked at the products of his recent cesarean section, he raised one
simple question, “What did you do differently with this litter than the last one?”

I simply replied, “A year and a half of Jin Shin Jyutsu®.” An open-minded guy, he responded
with a smile, “Well, it seemed to work.”

The mother’s previous litter had been challenging, to say the least. Over halfway through the
pregnancy she needed to be supplemented with progesterone to sustain the pregnancy.
Approximately one week before delivery, one of the pups was reabsorbed. The end result was
a litter of one. The mother had received some Jin Shin Jyutsu®, but not on a regular basis.
When it came time for the next litter, I was much more proactive. I gave her regular sessions
to encourage a more successful pregnancy.

It turned out that the next litter didn’t need to be supplemented with progesterone, but they
were born premature (in human terms, approximately 4 weeks early). With a little extra TLC
at the veterinarian’s office after the C-section, the pups were able to come home.

Animals, like us, innately understand the power of vibrational medicine. When one animal tries
to help another, no matter what age they may be, it should not surprise us. But it still does.

The pups received daily Jin Shin Jyutsu® sessions (approximately 10-15 minutes each) to support them through this time of growth. When pups are born this early, the biggest concern usually has to do with how developed the lungs are. A few days later after they came home, the female pup began to pant and seemed to have difficulty breathing. After another Jin Shin Jyutsu® session she was put in the whelping bed and a few minutes later I went in to check on her. What I saw was amazing. Her brother had placed his paws over the top of her hips. The panting had subsided and she was breathing comfortably. Jin Shin Jyutsu® philosophy teaches us that the crest of the hips is the area that helps us with the inhale circle of the breath that allows us to breathe. Such innate wisdom! This tiny pup had never taken a Jin Shin Jyutsu® seminar, but he instinctually knew how to help his sister breathe better. Isn’t that simply amazing?


Gail Okray was inspired by her passion for the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu® to open Key Elements for health. Through her website,, Gail provides answers to frequently asked questions about Jin Shin Jyutsu®. She has been a Jin Shin Jyutsu® Physio-philosophy practitioner and self-empowerment instructor since 1998. Over the years, Gail has motivated hundreds of individuals to move toward a healthier and more vibrant life through this ancient art. She provides weekly self-help tips on her Facebook page, and offers several self-empowerment workshops each year. Gail loves to work with clients of all ages- babies, young people, and adults. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit or call Gail at 920.366.1896.