Holistic health practitioner Karen Searls announced the January opening of her new office at 70 Lawn Ave. in Rockland.

Searls practices Jin Shin Jyutsu, which she described as a gentle type of hands-on energy work applied by a certified practitioner and through self-help applications. Jin Shin Jyutsu promotes self-awareness and treatments can assist in the healing of various conditions. The effects of Jin Shin Jyutsu treatments are cumulative with each session building on the previous one. During a session, the practitioner places fingertips on specific energy areas on the body to harmonize and restore the body’s energy flow. Sessions last about an hour, during which the patient remains fully clothed. Jin Shin Jyutsu treatments can restore emotional equilibrium, relieve pain, tension, stress and fatigue, and release the causes of both acute and chronic conditions. A common effect of Jin Shin Jyutsu treatments is deep relaxation. As Jin Shin Jyutsu is a holistic approach, there is no standardized treatment. Individual treatments are based on what the practitioner observes during the session, as well as on the patient’s reported symptoms. Jin Shin Jyutsu has a strong self-help component and patients are often given instructions for what they can do at home.

Last summer, Searls completed a year-long research grant studying the effects of Jin Shin Jyutsu on women living with breast cancer. The results indicated a statistically significant benefit to all participants. A summary of this research is available from Searls. Through the privately funded Hygeia Project, Searls continues to treat women living with cancer at low or no cost for the treatments.

On Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, Searls will offer a weekend Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help class. The class will be held on the campus of the Riley School in Rockport on the two days from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with breaks. Self-help classes offer a foundation in the philosophy and practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu while assisting people in knowing how to apply self-help to restore and maintain health and well-being. For more information contact Searls at 596-3324 or ksearls@instilljsj.com.

Searls began her healing practice in 1996 at The Center for Health and Healing in Rockland, with which she still maintains a professional affiliation. For her Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help classes, Searls is an approved provider of nursing continuing education credits through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. For more information on Searls’ healing practice and classes, visit instilljsj.com.