Japanese finger holds or (Jen Shin Jyutsu) was originally based on the work of Jiro Murai. Before he died, he passed on his knowledge to Mary Burmeister who then brought it to the United States in 1953. In 1990, an American naturopathic doctor named Glenn T. King redesigned Jin Shin Jyutsu using a Christian, Western worldview.
You can think of this technique as a first aid kit for correcting your energy circulatory system. Electrical impulses travel down nerves and possess both negative and positive qualities. When congestion occurs in the electrical system, various physical, emotional, and mental symptoms can be experienced. When the autonomic nervous system is balanced, you’ll experience a positive chain reaction that can affect all the systems of the body.
Each finger correlates with the electrical energy that runs through different organs. Each finger also represents one of the five key emotional categories, as described below. This is similar to foot reflexology where certain points in the feet relate to major organs in the body.
Finger holds can help clear blockages in the electrical circulation system. Having proper circulation helps produce coherence in the body’s systems and our emotions. The concept behind Japanese Finger Holding is so simple that babies are born capable and intuitively aware of how to calm themselves by sucking their thumbs and/or specific fingers.
How to Perform Japanese Finger Holding
For the best results, remove all electromagnetics devices and metallic objects from your body. This includes phones, smart watches, jewelry, belt buckles, etc. If you’re sitting, make yourself comfortable by putting a pillow on your lap to rest your arms.
Hold each finger gently, wrapping your other hand completely around the finger for 4 to 5 minutes or until a pulse is felt. Hold until you feel the pulse on all sides of the finger. Apply no pressure and do not rub since this can interfere with the effectiveness of the technique.
Which Fingers Should I Hold?
The Thumb helps to overcome a worried attitude. This finger is associated with the stomach and spleen. Hold the thumb to help with stomach problems, headaches, nervousness, depression, and skin issues.
The Pointer Finger helps to overcome a fearful attitude. This finger is associated with the kidney and bladder. Hold the pointer finger to help with digestion problems, muscle aches, arthritis, teething the gums (babies), and addiction.
The Middle Finger helps to overcome an angry attitude. This finger is associated with the gall bladder and liver. Hold the middle finger to help with blood and circulation, fatigue, migraines, menstruation and fertility, vision, and uncertainty.
The Ring Finger helps to overcome both grief and sadness. It helps to evoke joy. This finger is associated with the lung and large intestine. Hold the ring finger to help with lung and respiratory issues, asthma, deep skin conditions, and tinnitus.
The Pinky Finger helps to overcome self-esteem problems. Holding the pinky finger brings laughter and happiness. This finger is associated with the heart and small intestine. Hold the pinky finger to help with bone issues, nerves, blood pressure, heart problems, anxiety, an overly judgmental attitude, and self-esteem issues.
The Palm helps bring balance and equilibrium to the entire body. It is associated with the diaphragm.
To help with Insomnia, place the right hand over the left breastbone and hold the left thumb with your right hand.
Finger holds can be used at any time! You can sit, stand, or lay down while using finger holding techniques. Many people use this as a bedtime or morning routine. It can even be effective for insomnia, as described above. I often use these techniques when I am a passenger on long car rides or during meetings.
“Finger Holding is a powerful preventative medicine practice and assists the body in correcting acute and chronic health disorders.” –Glenn T. King, Ph.D., CDN, CN, Certified Dietetics-Nutritionist