Ancient Japanese Healing Technique for Rapid Stress Relief – Finger Holds

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Learn to use this practical, hands-on method for a happier and healthier life. Please click the link below to read about the Jin Shin Jyutsu Practice called the Finger Holds by clicking the link below.  I have an earlier post on March 11, 2015, with a YouTube video showing how to practice the Finger Holds. Remember to breathe while practicing. Practice often, every day for benefits to build, emotions balanced and more. Please share this easy Practice for well-being with others.  Here’s to your good health! Namaskaram OM

Source: Ancient Japanese Healing Technique for Rapid Stress Relief

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  1. I personally am always massage through my hands before a dance class because I find that it releases tension throughout my whole body. It is interesting to read about this technique and gain more knowledge on it. By following the video, I was able to find specific tension points that released muscles elsewhere in my body. I think this is a valuable exercise for everyone. It is a simple thing to do at any point in your day.

    Additionally, I have been doing the Isha Kriya every night. This practice helps me mellow out and conclude my day. I also just find myself saying the quote throughout the day, and this helps me find my center and awareness.

  2. “When I’m not actively creating fear, I can feel it all the time”, is what Pam Doremus said at the end of the video, and boy have I never related to something more! Generalized Anxiety Disorder is something that runs in my family and everyone has their own point on the spectrum. I would say I’m at the point where I don’t need modern medicine to alleviate myself, but I do need alternative techniques besides actually worrying and damaging myself in the process. I’ve always appreciated my hands because they have helped me accomplish many things such as learning new languages and playing the violin. But to know that I can use simple techniques such as pressure to my hands to tap into my worry and alleviate it? Sign me up! This is why I took Yoga in the first place, it will discipline me and disrupt my normal routine (in a great way) while giving me the tools needed to tackle the stresses of school. I thoroughly enjoyed learning which fingers connect to which energies in our bodies. When following along with the video, I found myself latching onto my index finger the most. Fear is a strong emotion in me, and when I was holding that finger I could even feel my pulse! Mix the pressures with the deep breathing and bam! Alleviation activated! I can say that I am at least tackling my fears more consciously, despite them still being present.

    As for my Isha Kriya, as of Friday, September 29th, I have practiced at least four times this week. This time around I have done it after teaching my morning classes, so typically at around 8:30am to 9am I begin my practice. For the most part I have kept my eyes closed the entire time, but I felt the need to yawn or move my hands somewhat. Truthfully, I do not like doing things out of obligation, which is the mindset I come in with for the practice. However, within about a few minutes into the practice, I find myself letting go of such thoughts and am in the moment of the practice and breathing. When I was doing the Isha Kriya Friday morning, there were distracting noises outside, but with enough focus on my breath and aligning my thoughts, those noises became simple muffles in the distance. It was cool to notice these changes at the end of the practice. I am in my room, on my bed when practicing, and I follow along with the video as per usual. My favorite part is at the end where the music begins because I get slightly emotional because of the melodies played. Music is something that I feel strongly about, so when I hear the music being played I can’t help but visualize a scene to match the mood of the melody. I feel a lot happier after doing the IK and ready to take on my day. I was even participating more in my morning classes, so there’s been an improvement in my mood for sure.

    • Thanks for investing time to create a good yoga journal essay! Glad that you are moving beyond hesitation and sticking with the practice and realizing benefits, it keeps getting better, Namaste

  3. Name: Tyler Lamphere

    This is my personal favorite yoga practice. Its simple and relaxing. I use this practice whenever i am stressed or anxious and it helps a lot. I practiced the finger holds three times this week and did all five fingers, it was a peaceful experience and i felt much more calm and relaxed shortly after finishing it. I would definitely share this practice with a few of my close friends because they are interested in yoga as much as myself.

    I completed my Isha Kriya 4 times this week at my home. I’ve noticed that i have become less stressed after completing the IK and feel like its a good thing for me to continue doing in my daily routine. I make time for the IK and set a reminder on my phone in case i happen to forget. I prefer to do the IK alone but ive talked to a few friends who also do yoga and they find it very helpful for themselves to practice it.

  4. I found these pressure points on the hands very interesting. I knew about some of them, like the pressure point to relieve headaches on the thumb nails but I did not know about the rest. When I was doing them I definitely felt relaxed. When I tried them I was not in a very stressful mindset so I am excited to see if they work when I am really stressed. In general, I have a hard time relieving stress, so I am interested to see if these work and too do more research regarding the subject.

    This week I have practiced my Isha Kriya 4 times. Every time I do it, I feel more relaxed and I feel like I am getting better at concentrating during the IK. Doing them before bed is also working really well for me because it helps me to fall asleep when I am in such a relaxed state of mind. Doing the IK in the morning usually makes me want to go back to bed because I feel so relaxed after it.

    • The Finger Holds work best when done regularly and then energy is balanced and emotions are less apt to erupt, keeping our peace longer, and health free of illness, don’t wait to be sick or stress its more difficult then to manage the shift needed. OM

  5. While reading this article, I kept thinking about how people tend to hold themselves while in front of a crowd, or speaking to their friends. Now I want to be more aware of their hands and movements, be more aware of how their body reacts. Although it may be seen as invasive, I started to reflect with my own movements and actions. My body tends to move towards these place when feeling ill, nervous, angry etc. It is very interesting how to body knows where to go unconsciously even without the knowledge of this essay. These methods hold up to be true for myself. After completing the reading and the video, with a healthy amount of self awareness I know that I will find alleviation through this practice.

    This may not be entirely academic or completely on the topic of this essay but I do want to share this. I remember my mother always being a nervous wreck, she was usually anxious or sad or angry about so many different things. Whether it was on the way to swimming practice, or school, or the supermarket, wherever we were heading I remember always massaging her hand. I remember holding her hand and pressing between the thumb and index finger. It always felt like a giant ball, I would squeeze squeeze squeeze until she would almost yelp with some pain. She never really liked it when I pressed hard in this area, but for some reason I felt as though it would help her. I remember telling her this. This was probably between the ages of 8-14.

    I have been preforming the Isha Kriya every morning around 7am. I have felt more focused within this practice. I am starting to notice the separation of the mind and the body. I am thinking less about what I will do that day, or if my foot is shifting to another place. I can feel myself getting closer and closer to wrapping my arms around the Isha Kriya; embracing the totality. Even when doing the seven OM’s the vibrations feel stronger as if they are traveling further inside the room. I can feel those vibrations traveling from my stomach and through my chest. Unfortunately I have not shared this practice with others, but I do share my experience of this practice with a close friend that constantly practices Yoga. She is excited and happy to hear that I have been preforming a meditative and awakening practice.

    • A little Yogini you were when 8 years old! The hold you were doing was perfect for headaches, how intuitive. A good Yoga Journal essay and great that you have embraced your practice so wonderfully! OM

  6. Very interesting to see how Tom Wilford mentioned that when people are stressed or in pain the natural movements (hand rubbing/chest holding) show that the body knows where to go to relive that tension. When I’m overthinking or rushing to meet a deadline I noticed I push either sides of my cuticles, inward towards my nail bed, until my thoughts are clear and I get out out of the mind block. Not knowing that pressing the sides of the thumb are a major pressure point to relieve stress.

    My best friend who moved to California face timed me this week and was hysterical about a relationship. I sat with her on FaceTime, told her to breathe deeply/calm down and shared the finger holds with her. We sat together for about 15-20m on FaceTime and by the end of our conversation she and I where both amazed at how quickly she calmed down and her mood changed. It’s so powerful and empowering to know that some of the simplest practices, have such impactful benefits on our spiritual, physical and emotional health.

    After learning these practices last class I started to practice them throughout my day and deeply breathing during breaks at school and work. While practicing finger holds at work I noticed that when stressful situations arose I breezed through without complaining or even acknowledging that I was over booked with no support on one the busiest day of the week. To have a easily accessible practice that can be applied in any environment is comforting and keeps me mindful of how to deepen my daily practice. I’m extremely grateful for the knowledge & insight shared in this course and I’m excited to share my knowledge with loved ones!

  7. The Japanese healing technique taught me a lot about how to handle my stress. I did not think that through pulling my fingers, I would release built up anxiety I have. When I think about it, I have been doing these techniques for a while without realizing that it helps. Sometimes I’d pull on my index finger because I didn’t know what else to do with my hands when nervous. I thought they were just hands that were used to grab items, move things and write. But, it is also used to affect the emotions in our body. The thumb is worry, the index finger is fear, the middle finger is anger, the ring finger is sad and the pinky is connected to trying to or low self esteem. I did not realize how much power my fingers posses. I am a bit of a worry wart, and knowing that I use to suck on my thumb when I was younger makes me wonder if that was a way of me handling my stress. Constantly sucking on my thumb made me feel calm and I wonder now if it is because I was pulling while sucking. Another finger I felt was useful to pull during this exercise was my ring finger. I can be a very sad person sometimes because I overthink about things I shouldn’t overthink on. I can be very hard on myself sometimes and knowing that I can at least stop it through giving my fingers signals is interesting, but worth a try.

    While doing the finger technique, I pulled on my thumb because I worry a lot. While watching the video and pulling my thumb, I didn’t quite get it at first. But, I gave it a try five more times and really put strong faith to feel. Without faith in the technique, you aren’t really wanting the best for yourself. So, I used strong faith to help with believing that I can change my way of thinking through pulling my thumb. The body is an amazing structure. We can do things little by little to fix what we think only doctors can fix. Little do we know, we have the power to change ourselves. There is a book I have read called, “Heal Your Body,” by Louise L. Hay and she speaks about how to overcome our mental and physical illnesses through the use of affirmations. It is a great and informative read.

    A person who can use this technique is my grandmother. She just got brain surgery a few weeks ago and I know she isn’t in the best head space. So, maybe showing her these techniques will help with some of the worry and sadness she may have. I also know that she constantly worries about how things would be like for us if she wasn’t here. I love my grandmother dearly and hope that this finger technique can relieve some of the stress she holds in.

    To be honest, I practiced the Isha Kriya about three times this week. I did it on Tuesday and Wednesday. Before, getting up on Tuesday for work, I did the Isha Kriya once and then the night before bed, I also did it again. On Wednesday, I did the Isha Kriya in the morning again, but forgot to do it at night. I am realizing that doing the Isha Kriya before starting my day is a great way to get me in a calm state of mind. I know I should be doing more, but I have had a lot on my mind and I see how not making time for things only hurt me. The Isha Kriya is a practice that I am realizing that I have to take serious if I really want to change my way of thinking and living. I see that as a person, I am growing more and more into someone who wants to take things serious. I even see it through chanting to my Gohonzon, I don’t take it as serious as I once did. This whole week has been a test, and I see the changes I am going through and it needs to change.

    • Just excellent, by writing these words here you are clearing up energy and setting an intention going forward. Remember we are simply cradling our fingers not pulling. Your Grandmother may definitely benefit and you can do it for her to show her initially. Namaste

  8. It is great to learn more about finger holds. This is something I have been doing intuitively for many years. I work a lot with children and this is one of the methods I use to help calm down children of all ages when they are feeling stressed, or anxious, or when they are even inconsolably upset. For one family I have cared for for years it has become a bed time ritual that they love. I give foot massages with lavender oil and end with a hand massage as they are laying in bed with eyes closed. This hand “massage” mostly consists of hand holding with firm pressure, and even intuiting which finger needs the most attention. This is something I started doing after discovering the soothing effects that has, and helps the children relax their minds and prepare them for a good nights sleep.

    I wonder if the stress relieving benefits also have some relation to hand holding as an expression of love and trust between to people, friends, romantic partners, children and their caregivers.

    I have practiced the Isha Kriya four times this week.

    • Great that you are using healing tools with the children you care for. Know that hand holding and massaging are different, it is a systematic cradling of each finger starting with the thumb to pinky finger, doing all 10 to lift the vibrational qualities and then balancing occurs. Yes hand holding is a communicative and supportive way that caring folks can offer one another. OM

  9. As someone who works with my hands, I am often extending much of my body’s energy through my extremities. I work as a carpenter, stagehand, guitarist, and a writer, doing all kinds of work with my hands. It is important to stretch before and after some of these activities so my muscles and tendons do not tense up and stay agile. I find that restoring energy to the rest of my body through my hands with this practice allows me to focus in on where my hands are cramping, and where I have ignored pain in the rest of my body. Each digit is connected to nerves that flow through the rest of the body, so focusing on each individually allows the energy to flow back to the centers from which it came and with which it is shared. I would recommend this activity for anyone who strains their hand muscles through physical labor, practicing an instrument, or spending hours at a computer every day.

    Additionally, I practiced the Isha Kriya three times this week. Each time was after I had completed any and all necessary tasks for the day. I find it most relaxing and refreshing to perform it when all other stressors have subsided. I hope to achieve four practices of the kriya by next week. I am finding it easier to cope with stress as I move forward with the practice.

  10. These finger holds are very interesting. This seems like a case of mind over matter, but I would be interested to learn if there is actual scientific evidence to support these practices. Nevertheless, mind over matter is great if it actually helps. In my Brain and Society class we learned that sometimes placebos can work just as well as the actual treatment. The finger holds are a nice way to bring oneself back from their stressors, and become mindful. I often suffer from migraines and I find that such techniques are not helpful for me. Often the pain is too great and only sleep will relieve it.

    The Isha Kriya is becoming slightly easier for me as I progress, but I often find it hard to quiet my thoughts. They’re constantly racing through my head, and I find it hard to focus on one single task in my life. I have been doing the Kriya every other day but I hope to do it every night.

    • There is scientific evidence for the Finger Holds, and know if you can feel your own vibrations that is a real thing, not a placebo, consciously moving energy is a valid self help practice. Regular practice helps everyone to learn to still their thoughts, it’s not easy but worthwhile for developing higher levels of consciousness and overall success in life, OM

  11. Since being taught this I have been using it in conjunction with the Isha Kriya or prior to the IK. I find it only adds to the experience of being fully charged and relaxed free from worries. I have recently been doing this in my morning and nightly showers being that it is my recharge or relaxing down time where I am alone to reflect and focus on my thoughts and my day as a whole. It also helps me in there specifically because my voice can echo off the walls which I feel only enhances the experience for me as well. It’s interesting how in the beginning of the video it talked about how children can practice this without even realizing it and it made me think of my own comforting tools. Often when my significant other sees I’m stressed or overwhelmed he tends to rub and caress my hands as I talk everything out. Something that’s so simple has such a huge impact on my energy and putting our energies in sync and now I’m thankful to formally understand and know how to do it on my own.

  12. The Japanese believe that each digit on the hand is connected and deeply rooted to the emotions of an individual. The thumb being associated with worry, the index finger with fear, the middle finger with anger, the ring finger with sadness, and the pinky finger with self esteem. The technique involves holding your fingers with the opposite hand for at least one to two minutes each. In theory this is supposed to balance all opposing forces in the body to aid in relaxation and the even distribution of energies in the body. I feel my time will be best spent holding the thumb and middle finger, as i often deal with the constant worry that i am not doing enough in life. I often have fits of anger that i have been learning to deal with through use of the campus athletic facility and meditation practices such as the isha kriya.
    I practice the isha kriya technique at least 4 times a week. In the morning on wednesdays and tuesdays and during the afternoon on mondays and thursdays. I feel these to be the best times for me as i am all over the place any other time, and these times just so happen to coincide with my schedule. I feel that i can recommend these two techniques to my roommates. As i am empathetic to their academic woes and believe the isha kriya and finger holding technique may help them along their journey. I can say that since starting yoga i have felt more limber and relaxed. Namaste

  13. I honestly had no idea about these finger holds. Each finger relaxing a different organ in the body is pretty interesting to learn about. I usually do a little stretching and breathing before doing anything. I might try doing the finger holds in the future, especially if it helps to relax my organs like this.

  14. I think we always tend to underestimate how important the fingers are in relation to our physical and spiritual body. They allow us to complete nearly everyday activity, and thus we put a lot of pressure and stress upon them (I know from typing and writing a lot that hand and finger pain is never pleasant). Knowing that there is a simple stretch which not only eases the fingers, but the rest of the body, is very exciting. It can easily be incorporated into everyday activity just like anything else the fingers do.

  15. I was aware of the finger holds however, I did not know what exactly each one meant. From personal experience, I always hold my thumb when I am stressed. I find it extremely comforting to do these finger holds and I practice this quite frequently. Additionally, I practice this at least once a day, usually before my Isha Kriya.

  16. I have found that I have actually subconsciously been doing finger holds as a nervous habit for a while now. Just not ever with the intention to calm down or benefit my body, just because I didn’t know what I was actually doing.

    Finger holds are a really great way to be conscious of your self-mindfulness and health while also going through your daily routine. I have found that I am able to do finger holds, now consciously, in classes, while waiting for different things like appointments, public transportation, etc.

    As for my practice for isha kriya, recently it has become a little difficult to do it. Just because my schedule got very cluttered this week particularly. But I plan to make up the time I’ve lost between tonight and tomorrow to get back on track with my practice. I usually do it in the mornings in either my room or the common room of my apartment. This week I have done it twice so far.

  17. I watched the YouTube video, posted on March 11 2015, before I went to class this morning. In my class today I was taking a test that I was pretty nervous about so I thought it would be helpful to work on the finger that is connected to worry. I did this for about 3 minutes for both hands, each time holding my thumb, and I did notice that I felt somewhat less nervous about the test. I also did this practice during the test to help relive some of my nervousness and I do feel like it worked.
    I have practiced the IK 4 times since our class last week. I feel for me the most beneficial time to practice the IK is at night before I go to bed. I find that as time goes on the IK is getting somewhat easier to do and it is become increasingly easier to not focus on everything else going on in my life when I am practicing the IK.

  18. I find the practice to be a stress reliever especially due to the simplicity of it. Unlike the Isha Kriya, you can do this anywhere that you please to reduce stress and better your health. Certain people with whom I would share this with are family members that need stress reduction and relaxation. Also, those who do have their share of health issues, it could be of use to them.

    My Isha Kriya practice is four times a week, I often practice in my room sometime in the afternoon. I eventually have begun to feel more comfortable while performing this practice. It was an issue of insecurity for me at first. I have always used my phone to mark the time for the Isha Kriya, now I currently my friend joining my practice with me.

  19. Being a musician, I thoroughly enjoyed this video. Playing instruments that require a lot of hand movement, I found it relieving to learn about all these different points within our hand and comfort treating each point can release. This could be super beneficial to the working class individual, or in all honesty, any individual undergoing forms of recent stress.

    As for my Yoga, this week I was only able to do my Isha Kriya two times. I had a rough schedule this week traveling back and forth from Purchase to connecticut everyday, not leaving me with essential time to complete my nightly routine. I still continue to practice my Yoga within my dorm room, but I’m planning to branch out to the outside. It might be a good change of scenery. I like to believe that I am seeing a difference in my posture,at least being more consciously aware of my posture. I still follow the instructional video, and I haven’t yet shared the practice with anyone.

    • The Finger Holds are valuable for all persons, but especially those who use their hands in their work. Perhaps even the knowledge of how each finger connects to organ flows and emotion may help folks who use their hands in their profession become more inclined to add another level of respect. Please do find time for your IK practice it will bring you the needed benefits to progress safely in the class. OM

  20. While I found that practicing the finger holds released tension, I did not experience the specific emotional benefits that the chart described. However, this practice is generally beneficial for making the hands more limber.

    So far in my experience with yoga, it often seems like the hands are not given as much attention as, say, the abdomen or legs. With these finger hold exercises however, the same amount of physical relief is expressed. By making my hands limber, it in turn impacted how I felt throughout my body, spreading from my arms inward. The way in which the energy from my hands spread to different areas of my being, quite frankly, surprised me. I will definitely be adding this exercise to my regimen.

    • The vibrations do become more pronounced when practiced regularly. Once the vibrational quality rises the energy can begin to balance all aspects connecting to the organ flows and the emotions. It is not just a limbering exercise but a very deep healing practice, OM

  21. Doing the finger holds in class defiantly had a calming and balancing affect that was very comforting, The next day I was babysitting and the little boy I was watching was having trouble getting to sleep so I had him hold his index finger and it did help calm him down. Through the reading I was excited to learn that this practice was connected to Reiki. I grew up with Reiki (my mom gave me an attunement at 2) and I use it often for physical pain but the finger holds are great for healing the mind. I’m excited to bring it in to my life.

    I also thing the connection to certain organs is important. Before taking this class I didn’t think much about my organs as individual things. Well maybe the heart and lungs but these finger holds and the class in general has caused me to think of each organ individually and how it’s health is effecting my body as a whole. Now in know that Cat-Cow Pose in not just helping my back but it is also helping my intestines and digestive tract.

  22. I have done the finger holds a few times this week, typically when i am painting and waiting for a layer to dry. The process is simple and easy enough that i could pretty much do it anywhere. I could also see myself sharing this simple technique with my grandfather or mother, as it would take no time and possible re leave some stress in there day. The only fingers i noticed a large bodily change is during the 4th and 5th depth when activating the lunges and heart. This could be due to the sensitive of my lunge and heart through smoking but i noticed the greatest a mount of east during these two holds.
    When i comes to my IK practice, i have tried to use the wall less but I am still not there as quite quickly i fine my self slouching forward, the largest improvement i have noticed during my IK is the rhythm my body is now accepting during the breathing and chanting.

  23. I’ve practiced this method at least twice now and I do have to say it is quite relieving. I personally can’t explain what is going on but, it just gives me peace. It actually relaxes me more than the isha kriya. I wonder why that it is but, I’m excited about what else this practice will offer for me in the near future.
    As for isha kriya I’m still practicing at night before bed but, instead of 4 times I was able to practice 5 times since our last class. I want to get all the benefits I can from the practice.

  24. The finger holds is a new experience for me. I felt the affects as i was more aware and at peace. Its especially strong while doing them in combo with the Isha Kriya. Its amazing how you can feel the vibrations of energy being emitted throughout the body. I will start doing this in combo with the IK with each practice. I’m beginning to become more comfortable with the practice and stronger day to day. The effects are beginning to thrive and grow on me.

  25. I have always been considerate of pressure points and of these connections within our bodies that are larger ban they appear. The hands are no exception to this I see now, and I am looking forward to applying this practice into my routine. Maybe I will be a less anxious person if I put attention towards my thumb. My isha kriya has been going well. I have been practicing 5 times a week, I try to do it in the morning throughout the weekdays. I have found it to be a comfortable way to start the day, especially days where I am anticipating business, or stress. I feel clearer after doing the isha kriya. I’ve been doing the isha kriya in a clearing outside of my appartment block, I am trying to enjoy the good weather while it lasts.

  26. I am surprised that something as simple as holding one’s finger can help reduce stress. It is quick and can pretty much be done anywhere. Previous to this class I had never heard of the power of the hand and I think its something I will definitely be trying from now on during stressful situations. I also find it astonishing that each finger helps with a specific organ.

    I’m still practicing the Isha Kriya the required amount of times, and so far the breathing has improved. I was sick when we first started the meditation and that was making it hard to follow it properly but since my nose is no longer congested I can breathe way better. One thing I am still struggling with, is doing the chanting out loud. I feel better when we doing it in class since everyone is following along but when I do it alone I tend to just whisper. Besides the chanting, I’m still practicing it before I got to bed, I sleep a lot better and it helps me stay away from the my phone.

    • Don’t you deserve the full measure of the benefits? Chanting creates a vibration that brings forth the benefits, try to take charge of your life and stop being bashful, OM

  27. I actually learned a little about these ancient japanese healing techniques before! I would practice them with my younger siblings. Learning that a lot of the tension in our body is a result of the tension in our minds is really amazing to process. I think this experience is especially valuable to share with people you’re close with. It’s a productive way of mutually understanding each other better and checking in with each other. I was telling my mother about the Isha Kriya and how it may help her as she is also looking for more ways to de-stress as her job is very demanding. I think what we both connected on and have noticed is finding the time to do it is what is the hard part about the practice but also the first step in trying to receive the full benefits it has to offer.

  28. I found the concept of this healing technique to be interesting considering that I’ve never heard of it before. Throughout my past, I’ve suffered from numerous panic attacks and nothing has ever helped me from preventing them and I’ve eventually learned to simply suffer through them until it stopped. I’ve received endless amounts of “advice” on techniques and practices that psychiatrists claimed would help with my stress and allow me calm down from my attacks when they occur. None of them have ever worked so I was interested to see how this hand technique would work for me. Rubbing the middle of my hand and applying pressure as I saw the man do in the beginning of the video did help, however, the other finger techniques did not work as well as I would have liked. I found myself holding my thumb and index finger the most to relief myself from the fear and worry that I’ve been holding (harboring these things are what usually triggers my attacks). Although I did calm down slightly, I still felt the presence of my fear and worry. Perhaps I am not doing it the right way? Overall, this technique has helped more than others that have been suggested to me in the past.
    – Samantha Diaz

    • Like everything the more you practice the more you are able to harmonize and adjust the energies that may be stagnant, reversed….and to do the entire practice daily properly if you want to get the full benefits. Just holding one or two fingers will not give you a total overhaul. Do see me in class so I can show you properly.

  29. It is very interesting to know that hands can address different parts of your body- the very things you work and touch with are capable of healing you from within. I regularly give myself hand massages to relax myself but after watching the video and finding points and feeling what they can actually do I will now massage my hands with intention. I knew about the 1st depth a little bit ago because I used to frequently get nausea and stomach issues due to anxiety so learning this finger hold really helped me during a rough physical time.

    I’ll do my IK practice in the evening before I plan on going to the library, it leaves me feeling energized and ready to focus and do my work, quieting my other thoughts for a moment. my favorite part about the practice is opening my eyes and really feeling myself in my space. I’ll sit on the floor facing a mirror so I can feel my energy reflecting back at me and so my eyes can meet mine once i’ve finished. ​

  30. After viewing the video and employing the practice, I found that the middle finger hold was my favorite of the five. The reason I felt was because in addition to releasing tension and stress in the liver and gallbladder, I also felt it relieved stress up and down my spinal cord. Perhaps the reason is because the liver is such a centralized organ in the body, that the hold of the middle finger could serve to balance the energy as it flows up and down the spine. I feel that everyone should at least try this practice once because it is so easy to do, and can really serve to refocus energy in situations where one doesn’t have a lot of resources at their disposal.

    As for my IK I employ the practice consistently 5x a week. I always give myself extra time for silent contemplation as I feel it opens the flow of creative energy in my mind before going to school. I feel this practice has greatly improved my breath control and fidgeting issues.

  31. When we first did this practice in class I found it to be an interesting technique. I actually came into class with quite a headache and it seemed to relive itself, I think because it was relieving a bit of stress. I am willing to continuing practicing to see what further results I get. I have seen something like this before except with the foot and that each part of the foot connects to different organs, so I found that interesting how all of our body connects in that way. In the article they mentioned acupuncture as well, which I always wanted to try. There are so many different techniques within the body that we have to relieve different issues that I think we too often seek relief from the outside world. I think the pinky finger hold and the thumb hold are the best ones for more as I become very anxious throughout the day and if I practice more, this could be a new way to put myself at ease.

  32. Last class was actually not my first time seeing or using thing this practice. I came across it last semester looking for ways to relax for finals and to calm myself down when for in-class presentations. I found it useful for momentary relaxation and release from anxiety, but it did not carry with me throughout the day. This may be because I did not allot the necessary amount of time that we took in class to complete the practice in full. I only did the finger holds, on one hand, holding each finger for 1-2 minutes. Although I do believe it is more effective to go through with this fully, I am afraid that at these times that I need it the biggest cause of stress is lack of time. Therefore it would be hard to give myself this time to complete it, and if I did it may only add to the stress.
    When I previously learned this technique the video I watched only gave the broad reasoning of stress relief, without giving the emotion each individual finger and the organs that they are connected to. Although certainly connect in finding balance and relaxation worry, fear, anger, sadness, and self-esteem are all widely different emotions. This separation can be very effective by giving special focus on a single point, that is affecting you the most at that moment. I don’t believe I will refer anyone this technique not because of its effectiveness, but because I can’t think of anyone who would actually take the advice in using it.

    • I do hope that you may soon reevaluate your thoughts about making the necessary changes in your lifestyle so that you may be able to prioritize your health and well-being. If you do make this significant shift I’m certain that your success will be realized with all your endeavors. Namaste

  33. I think finger holds are a very useful technique to use. I have actually been using this practice for quite some time before hand. When I broke up with my boyfriend, I spent a lot of time holding my ring finger to alleviate depression. It helped out tremendously in helping myself let go and cut ties with him. I was able to move on and become a better person. I will continue to use it in the future, and integrate it more into my practice. I feel as if I might teach my parents this when we have a discussion. It can help calm them down before I talk about something that makes me upset. I think it could be revolutionary in building a better relationship with them. I have used finger holds twice since last class, once to calm down before an exam, and once to help me fall asleep.

  34. I’m always looking for practices like this! I am a strong believer that different parts of our body are connected in ways we don’t always recognized. One of my first introductions to practices like this one was in reading the Chuck Palahniuk novel “Haunted.” One of the characters in the book made a living by massaging people’s feet to produce certain energies and results based on the part she massaged.

    It makes sense to me that there would be a large level of control we can implement on specifically our hands and feet, since these are the ways we interact with the world and the furthest branches of our bodies. I will definitely begin to regularly practice this exercise along with my IK practice! It seems like something that would be especially helpful during the stresses that college can produce.

  35. I was quite interested when we learned these finger holdis in class on Monday. I actually used it the very next day to try to get rid of some anger I was feeling and was honestly surprised that I felt the anger leave my mind. I will admit I was skeptic, but it really seemed to work. I know that there are areas of the foot that correspond to different parts of the body and have had foot reflexology done before, but I did not realize that the fingers also held power over body parts and our emotions. I know that we all can use stress relief, and after reading the attached article, I think I will try and make this practice part of my daily routine.

    I also went back and read your earlier post on this topic and watched the video. I certainly could have used this finger hold technique when I taught my children to drive also!! I love your story of the healing of your friend. I have never heard of Jin Shen Jyutsu, but I have heard of Reiki. I have never tried Reiki, but are they very similar? I also appreciate the tip of using a thumb hold to help if you are unable to fall asleep. I will most certainly try that the next time I am lying in bed unable to sleep!

    Thank you for showing us yet another way to help us find serenity and peace.

    • The Finger Holds were expanded upon in Japan by Jiro Murai. He knew the Hatha Yoga hand Mudras and he healed himself from a deadly illness just by using the Mudras. So he dedicated his time to this study and created Jin Shin Jyutsu. It is closer to acupuncture than Reiki. I’m glad you have found the practice beneficial, OM

  36. First of all the article and the video were very interesting. First of all, I was surprised that the idea of energy was found in many different cultures. I knew the greeks had a theory of humors, but I did not know that they knew about life force or chi. However, I am not surprised that nurses taught this method for clincial reasearch. In the next paragraph I will explain why.

    In 2012, my father got into meditation. It did wonders for his anger, but that’s besides the point. His meditation instructor is korean. She taught him an acupressure techinque to stop headaches by pushing down on the tip of the index finger. I have tried it and it works.

    I tried the different accupressure techniques while I was watching the video. I almost immediatly felt a sense of peace after doing the stress related techniques. I will deffinately use it in the future.

  37. When we were taught the finger hold in class i was interested but also skeptical of the results. It seems strange that by holding your fingers it can help a different organ in your body. Throughout the week i have tried the finger holds while sitting in class. All the classes i take are about three hours and after the second hour i start to become anxious. At this time is when i found myself doing finger holds on both of my hands. I felt less anxious and more calm. The more i did it the more i could feel the pulses from my fingers as well. I’ve shown this technique to my boyfriend and we have started to preform the holds on each other when one of us becomes anxious.
    -Emily Bockisch

    • Oh great I forgot to mention about doing the Finger Holds on another it’s a boon about 1/3 higher, remind me in class to share this, or to have you share your experience, OM

  38. For about a year & a half now I’ve become very interested in Asian culture healing, & have felt that eastern cultures have always been more aware and open to different techniques to handling health both mentally and physically. I wonder why this is. And I wonder why Western Medicine is so ignorant to these things. Although I take medication, I still urge myself to discover & practice new methods to finding a sense of calm within, I am certainly open to the techniques of other cultures. You don’t really know what kind of impact something can have on you until you try it out yourself, and sometimes it does take dedication. Regardless if you have hope, each time you sit down with yourself and show yourself compassion, you begin healing. Not trying to disbelieve acupuncture or anything that has to do with the connection of our bodies because it definitely does all connect, but sometimes I’ve wondered to myself if really just the act of sitting with ourselves and our feelings, whatever they might be, might be the trust and purest medicine, allowing ourselves to take the time to show compassion, even if it is simply through holding a finger. The act seems simple the results become profound when you continue to show yourself the love and compassion that you truly deserve and crave. Others can only do so much for you. They can guide you and comfort you, but anything that is deeply rooted within you needs to be handling by yourself without force. I’m not sure why it’s so hard for some people to believe that there are other methods to healing within the world. Maybe it’s because they lack compassion and curiosity within themselves, unable to recognize how many sides we truly have, how expansive the variety within us is. We are not simple beings, we are extremely complex, some of us more so than others & in different ways. We are in constant motion and being able to comprehend this flow and how to roll with it is hard sometimes. We get caught in things we want to reject and not accept that it is also a part of us. But we don’t want to see it, we try to look away. There’s multiple breeds of dogs, different races of people, different ways to learn, so why would it be so hard to believe that there are also a variety of ways to heal. It’s kind of irritating when I feel people around me ignore the simple things around them that could ultimately help them rather than hinder another part of their being. I know it is silly to get upset, but people today are not mindful of themselves, of others, of creatures both animal and plant. I cannot say I am an angel and do not indulge in some of these things but I do recognize that I am on my way to becoming more in tune with the world and everything it beholds, each day. I find this technique of finger holding so simple, I have yet to try the entire set of fingers then select the areas I need to focus on. I have tried with a few of them alone though, I could immediately tell that my breath had become deeper, I grew calmer, and my sense of self heightened. I really love the different tapping methods we’ve used in class, they seem so subtle but I know from experience how much energy those things can cause to release if you do it right and really allow yourself to tap into the energy being stored within the tensions of the body. Last semester after an active yoga class that we did two different tapping, one on the back of our neck under the base of our skull and another on the feet. At the end of class I was over come by my feelings and broke down in tears, I wasn’t entirely sure why I was crying, I assume past energies I had held onto, but I look back now and I think it was also much of the confusion that I go through regularly. This results in feeling that I’m misunderstood, and that I even misunderstand what is going on around me and within me, I feel so far from away from others, so loneliness also consumes me a lot of the time. It actually just makes me sad to think about how lonely I actually am, I love to share, I truly desire to unite with people and share life with them but for whatever reason it is something that is very difficult for me. I’m not sure if it’s the aggression that I hold within me and how I perceive myself to the world, a lot of people just can’t handle my energy, I think I’m a lot stronger than I can see and do not dish out my energy in correct amounts. I long for the sense of balance that is needed for me to become integrated with the rest of the world. I know that means sacrificing who I am and my ways, but I guess if I want tone with others as much as I do I have to give up a part of myself that I hold onto.
    Anyway, back to the fingers, I do know a little bit about reflexology, not much, but that each section of our hands is an organ or system and with certain massage techniques you can begin tending to internal problems. I have a few books on the subject. I’m also becoming more aware of how intrigue our hands and feet are, more so than any other part of our bodies. And out of all the parts of our body we think the least about these parts. Which I think just goes to show how unaware we are of the powers we possess in knowing this information. Thank you for sharing this site and video.

    • You may want to look up Donna Eden on Youtube for her full sequence of Tapping. I love the results and see how so many different groups enjoy the practice too from small children to groggy young adults to immobile seniors. If you do enjoy reflexology and tapping maybe you might like to develop a skill for yourself through training first so that you can share and help others. Helping is a great way to make connections in a supportive and appropriate way. A friend of mine who is a Yoga Teacher in NJ just got certified last year for Sound Healing and a group of Yoga friends went to her studio last weekend and had a wonderful experience it was so much more than I had expected. If you want to talk about any of this just let me know, best wishes.

  39. Based on my experience with the finger holds in our last class, I did not experience anything noteworthy. I was also very tired, sick, and preoccupied with other things so it is possible that these factors got in the way. Regardless, I am as yet not convinced of its effectiveness as a meditation technique, though I will continue to attempt it. I would also like more information on the relationship between the fingers and the organs as described by the diagram.

    • I hope that you will be able to make the time to get the rest you need and get well soon. The Finger Holds are not a meditation but rather a Self-Help Practice to balance emotions and to bring well being to the organ flows. Just as the spine has connections to all parts of the body, the ear, feet and hands have direct connections as well. The Finger Holds are a deeper development from the Hatha Yoga hand mudras and if you want to study more you could look at how acupuncture points work in the body.

  40. This practice makes a lot of sense, as we are using our hands from the moment we wake up until the moment we fall asleep. For such used parts of our bodies, we often neglect our hands. While I haven’t noticed any correlated stress relief from practicing these finger holds on any particular finger, I’m glad to be using the technique to help relieve physical stress from my hands first and foremost, and I will continue to be patient in hopes of reaping some benefits, particularly worry on the thumbs and self esteem on the pinkies. Holding pressure in the center of my palm with my opposite thumb at the beginning seems to be key in being able to effectively practice this exercise.

    • As a parent I have found that doing this practice, along with others, has helped my energy to be balanced and easy to transmit the same to others. If you are calm and balanced your infant when sleep meets crankiness may feel instantly at ease once in your arms, as well the others in your family will come to feel and rely upon this….remember no pressure simply cradle, breathe and keep contact for 3-5 minutes each. Try doing 36 breaths prior, OM

  41. Unfortunatley, I was absent last week so I completely missed out on the Finger Holds practice. On the bright side, I have been practicing this method ever since I was aware of it through this assignent. I was genuinley surpised to see some type of results as time passed by. I ahve een going throgh a lot lately regarding my mental health so I took this assignment as a sign to help me cope with everything in my life right now. At first, I didn’t think much of it. It wasn’t so impressive to me. But I was determined to make it work. I needed something to help me. I have an enormous amount of trouble trying to fall asleep. The thumb pinching method was extremely helpful! I appreciated that a lot.

    I will definitley start to use this into my daily routine. The reason being is because it is so simple and quick to accomplish. I can do this wherever I want and not have to take up any addition space. I can do this while I’m eating or if I’m in bed. I am going to introduce this method to my boyfriend because he is also going through a good amount of stress. We are both struggling to find ways to cope with this and I think this is going to be beneficial for the both of us!

  42. I found this practice to be helpful aiding relaxation and stress management. For me, the thumb hold was the most beneficial… Perhaps because you can feel the pulse of both hands at the same time. I think this exercise was calming for two reasons— the sense of security that comes from holding on to something grounding, and the comforting feeling of being squeezed. Similar to swaddling a panicked dog or baby, these finger holds brought me back to a more controlled mindset from which I was able to better approach the cause of my anxiety.
    I have a very different view of what energy in the body means, compared to what is generally accepted by Eastern medicinal philosophy. To me, the energy flow of one’s body is not a constant, fluid stream, rather something manipulated by endocrine signals. This means that, in my mind, the ability to change the way one’s body uses energy requires either environmental stimulus (i.e. food, exercise, or even something that provokes fear), or the sincere belief that the change is already happening. This is kind of a Catch-22 because the belief is a precondition for the results.
    To circumvent this mental barrier, I find it most helpful to think through the practice as concretely as possible, identify the undeniable effects of the exercise, set a baseline standard of achieving those (without concerning myself over acquiring every single benefit advertised), and re-approach the practice as non-judgmental of myself and the exercise as possible.

    • Do you consider environmental connections, how thoughts can create tensions and stagnate energy flow to glands and organs, how energy may reverse or stop for a myriad of reasons and do you value the power of our own power to use our own energy to spark positive energy flow thus healing? Namaskaram OM

  43. When we did this practice in class I was initially skeptical yet immediately relaxed. I recently just spoke to a few people who have participated in yoga and I asked them if they have ever heard of this practice. A lot of them have and tell me they have used it in certain situations. I found this practice useful and beneficial because the immediate feeling of relaxation. Holding your fingers is a pacifying sensations. In doing so, your breathing slows down as does your mind. I can connect this practice to ideas behind acupuncture which is why I am no longer skeptical on the control we can exert over ourselves from our fingers. I wonder what other points in our body provide relaxation and benefits. Personally I will use this practice in the future. It can be done in public and is easy. While I am sitting on the train listening to music I will do this practice again.

  44. Reading about where this practice was expanded on was interesting because when we first did the practice in class I was very excited to add it to my individual practice for every day or every other day. I also enjoyed reading about the further research that was done and the experiment that was conducted that showed positive results. Many would not believe that this finger hold would be beneficial but it actually is, when I did the practice for the first time in class I did not expect to feel the pulse for the first time of the practice because usually, it takes a lot for my body to relax enough for my internal energy to be transferred through my body but I did end up feeling the pulse within my fingers which gave me more of a connection to the practice. I plan to incorporate this into my daily ritual because it is a practice that does not require complete quiet but mostly just peace internally and the practice can be done anywhere which is so beneficial especially when I am in class thinking about all of the work I have to get done or other obstacles that I am facing which cause anger, etc. I want to be able to show this practice to many others that I am close too because it really does bring a balance to the mindset.

  45. Using the practice of finger holds in class, I was able to calm the ache in my chest that I’ve been feeling for the past week. After we practiced in class, I continued following the practice when I felt sad. I’d hold my ring finger in class, before bed or anywhere I was to calm myself and it helped. I feel like it grounds me and lets me focus more on my breathing. That same day, I let me roommates know about it because we all have different forms of anxieties and I hope that they have practiced it.

    After the class, I wanted to find more information such as the value of the holding the other fingers because my main focus was on calming my own sadness. I am glad that I know have that information and more for my to incorporate into my life.

  46. Last class was actually the first time I did and herd about how my fingers can actually connect to other parts of the body, as well as, they can help you feel better, relieve tensions, anger, headaches, etc. I thought it was very interesting and beneficial somehow. When we did it, last class, I felt so relaxed and good in the hear and body, which was a very good feeling before doing the IK, that made me feel even more relaxed and in peace with myself.

    Last class, it was said that it is a natural thing to hold your own fingers and that even babies do it. During this past week, I realized that whenever I was under a lot of stress I would hold the palms of my hands or finger without even thinking about it. I have decided to incorporate some of these to my daily routines or whenever they are needed, like the thumb holding for a headache relieved is going to be one that I’m definitely going to be using often.

  47. When we learned about this practice last Wednesday, I was experiencing a lot of pain in my bladder/kidney area (second depth). This has been going on since last month. I have been through two rounds of antibiotics, but am still experiencing symptoms and pain. Before my first round of antibiotics, I was not using my finger hold practice and it was honestly some of the worst pain I’ve ever experienced. I was not even able to focus on my work or daily routine, I would just stay in bed. The first round of antibiotics reduced the pain, but last Tuesday I felt it starting up again.

    On Wednesday morning we learned the practice, and I decided I would hold my finger as much as possible throughout the day and have been since then. I did go back on antibiotics just to prevent any further infection/growth, but my pain was lessened greatly My symptoms were not entirely reduced, but I definitely noticed a reduction in the amount of pain I was experiencing.

    Since my symptoms have still persisted after this round of antibiotics, I will have to go back to the doctor but I definitely will continue my finger hold practice. I am really grateful to have learned this practice, and can’t believe the perfect timing. – Anneliese Treitmeier-McCarthy

    • Glad this helped…if still experiencing the bladder symptoms try this….place your right hand on left side of your neck (across your chest rest the right hand and hold the middle of neck on left side) at the same time use your left hand and hold your coccyx for about 4-5 minutes, move your left hand to the center of your left knee backside. (keep right hand on the left neck until the end of this flow) Next move the left hand to the outside of left foot at the backside under the bone. Lastly left hand holds left little toe. Hold each part for 4-5 mins. Do 36 breaths prior.

  48. As we had discussed within our yoga class last week (28 February 2018), when it comes to relieving stress, anger, worry, sadness etc., the finger holding technique is most definitely something you should embark on learning and utilizing in your every day life. While practicing this technique within class, I felt a little doubtful on the idea if the practice really did function the way it had been adressed, though I kept my inner self hopeful in believing so. Throughout the duration of the practice, I personally felt my emotions and thoughts slow down and relax, assisting myself in fixing my mind and body into a tranquil/peaceful like state. Focusing now upon that of the article we read for homework and the video along that we could (or most definitely should) watch, my knowledge and comprehension of the practice, developed profoundly. With further understanding on the emotional outcome one recieves from each finger, I found it interesting more than anything on the idea of how people ‘by instinct’, already place their fingers or hands on certain muscles/pressure points for stress reduction or for the feeling of ease. Nonetheless, this practice unquestionably will be a form of yoga/meditation I’ll utilize daily in situations I feel stressed (or when I even feel stress bubbling inside).

    • If you choose to do the Finger Holds practice daily in a short time you will find that you would not be emotionally responding to situations rather you would be in a more balanced productive state. So why use the practice to fix the leak when you can prevent leaks?

  49. I really enjoy the Finger Holds practice. It is simple and practical while still effective. For me, I get extremely anxious and fearful when either presenting something before a large group of people or during auditions. I have never known a good technique that I can use to calm myself and relax rather than tense up. Whenever I have gone to an audition in the past, my anxiety got so bad that I would physically shake, my throat would tense up, and I became unable focus on breath control which led to poor performances. Yet, I believe if I were to start to do a daily practice of the Finger Holds, I would be able to release the symptoms of this anxiety which would be useful should I attempt anymore intimidating feats such as an audition (I think it is safe to say that that had been the most stress that I have ever experienced in my life).
    One person I would like to teach the Finger Hold practice to would be my older sister. My older sister has always been an anxious person and has always simply accepted and dealt with the issue. She deserves to be freed of her anxieties and the gloom that she feels. I believe that the Finger Holds could really help her to live a more balanced and comfortable life that could even help her with her self esteem and inner peace. I would be thrilled to see that she finally sees herself for the amazing person she is and that she touches so many people just by being herself.

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