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A Simple Way to Balance Your Emotions and Revitalize Your Body

“My destiny is in my own hands.”  Mary Burmeister

According to the ancient art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, you can harmonize your emotions and nourish your body by holding each of your fingers in sequence.  This is a subtle yet powerful self-help approach I’ve personally used to great effect for several years.

Each finger is associated with an attitude that can imbalance a corresponding function and organ system via the subtle energy channels that invisibly course through your body.

Hand_5 plus attitudes

  • Thumb:  The thumb is associated with worry, the skin surface, and the spleen and stomach organs.  When this system is in balance there is an ability to give and receive nourishment.
  • Index Finger:  The index finger is associate
    d with fear, the muscular system, the kidney and bladder organs. We find freedom from fear and discover joy when this system is in balance.
  • Middle Finger:  The middle finger is associated with anger, the blood essence, and the liver and gall bladder organs.  When this system is in balance, our capacity for compassion is enhanced.
  • Ring Finger:  The ring finger is associated with sadness and grief, the deep skin, and the lungs and large intestine organs.  When this system is in balance there is an ability to receive and let go.
  • Little Finger:  The little finger is associated with “trying-to” (pretense), the skeletal system, and the heart and small intestine organs. Judging, comparing, labeling and asking “why” imbalances this system.  When this system is in balance, we move beyond the “trying-to” attitude and feel trust and receptivity to the inspiration of the universe.

Harmonize Your Emotions and Balance Your Body by Holding Your Fingers

hold-your-thumbSit comfortably, relax, rest your hands in your lap, exhale and receive the inhalation.

Then wrap one hand around the thumb of your other hand as shown in the illustration.  Once you feel a pulse or two minutes has passed, reverse and enclose the opposite thumb with your other hand.  Gradually, work your way through all five fingers.  See diagrams for each finger.

During the exercise, keep your attention lightly placed on the finger you are holding while allowing thoughts and emotions to pass by like clouds in the sky.  Or, you can enhance the effect of holding each finger by coordinating it with the breath.  Exhale slowly and count each set of exhalations and inhalation up to 36 times per thumb.

The entire process will take 10-15 minutes.

If you are short on time or troubled by a particular emotion or imbalance, you can hold just that one finger until you feel a sense of balance returning.

A practice as simple as holding a finger can be one of the most powerful ways to pacifying your emotions and balance your organ functions.   Try it out for two weeks and see if it makes a difference in your sense of well-being.

If you would like to learn more about the system of Jin Shin Jyutsu, I recommend The Touch of Healing, Energizing Body, Mind and Spirit with the Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu by Alice Burmeister.  It’s been my personal bible for self-help treatment.

Jin Shin Jyutsu Treatment in Cancer Therapy

In this inspiring video, you will see how patients at the Markey Cancer Center who received Jin Shin Jyutsu treatments as an adjunct to their cancer therapy experienced reduced levels of nausea, pain, stress, and anxiety.  You will hear traditional medical doctors extolling the virtues of Jin Shin Jyutsu as an effective complementary treatment.  Please pass the link along if you know someone with cancer.

Do you have a self-help protocol?I would love to hear any thoughts you would like to share. 

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Please note that I am not a doctor, health practitioner, or psychotherapist.  Nothing on this blog should be construed as medical advice.  Please seek appropriate medical advice for any health concerns you may have.





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  1. Wow, how very cool to learn about this — thank you for sharing it with us, Sandra! I had never heard of this system before, though I know a little bit about Chinese medicine and acupuncture principles, which some of this seems to correspond to.

    It’s fascinating that the middle finger is associated with anger… I wonder if that is the source of our derogatory gesture of giving someone ‘the finger’ when we’re angry.

    • You’re welcome, Maia. This system was intuitively developed by Jiro Murai in Japan. It is similar to the meridian system in Chinese acupuncture, but different. He was a Buddhist and some of the “holds” are based on the mudras seen in Buddhist iconography. Don’t know about the middle finger association, but an interesting thought!

  2. This is so amazing! I’m also surprised I’ve not heard of it. I used to try to do reflexology on my hands to rid myself of headaches, but had spotty results with it. I’m going to try this for sure!

    • I hope you enjoy it, Charlotte! Sometimes, headaches are triggered by external inputs or by the effects of foods so I can understand why you didn’t always get the best results with reflexology.

  3. jean sampson

    Thanks so much, Sandra! I am amazed at how great I feel after doing this just one time! I am going to make it a part of my everyday life. It seems so easy and so natural, just like the woman in the video said. I am doing Network Chiropractic (gentle, no cracking) with someone I started with 14 years ago—–I get to do it 3x a week because I work to help him build and maintain his business. It actually “fixed” my scoliosis! I also trade artwork for massage (love it!) and now I have this! I love that it will help me be quiet for a few minutes. When I held my fingers, my other hand got really hot—–does that happen when you do it? I guess it is the energy. Very soothing! And, I have done Re-evaluation Counseling for 25 years. Lots of self-healing things, plus trying to eat mostly organic and vegetarian (still working on the diet aspect). And, of course, exercise and walking. Whew, takes a lot to keep an old lady going 🙂

    • I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Jean. I’m used to people’s hands getting hot when they do Reiki so I think this is probably a similar expression of the energy moving in a good way. Wow, you are really dedicated to your self-care. I’m impressed. It sounds like you enjoy these different health boosting elements. Enjoyment makes a big difference, I find!

  4. Hi Sandra,

    This is a new technique to me. And I thought I knew quite a few. Thanks for sharing it. Any technique that can get me to sit still for a while is a good one.

    I agree with Maia that the middle finger being the one that controls anger has to be connected to the “giving the finger” gesture. That could not be a mistake.

    One of my favorite self-help techniques is emotional freedom technique, also called tapping among other variations. A few years ago I developed driving anxiety when I experienced lightheadedness while driving. Regardless of what caused the lightheadedness, I connected to the situation of driving. That’s a big problem here in So. CA, a car culture, especially in my county where public transportation is the pits.

    For weeks I created elaborate plans to avoid driving the freeways or in heavy traffic or very far from home. I would sometimes have to pull over, or take longer circuitous routes. It was very inconvenient and scary.

    After I refused to accept the doctor’s prescription for vertigo (that would have made me dizzy for real,) I went online searching for an answer. I was lead to the EFT site where the manual was a free download. After just one round of the tapping I was so much better that I was able to drive my daughter 125 miles to pick up my son-in-law from the Marine Base when he returned from Saudi Arabia.

    As far as I was concerned, that was a miracle.

    The driving anxiety tried to return again, years later. I stopped it in its tracks with EFT again.

    It is essential that we discover self-healing techniques so that we’re not at the mercy of medication and ill-informed practitioners.

    • Hi Flora,

      I’ve heard so many wonderful things about EFT. Yours is an incredible testimony! I went to a dentist that used EFT to help you relax right before the dental work. It definitely helped me in that context. There are so many great self-healing techniques! We are so fortunate. Thanks so much for sharing this miraculous story about EFT.

  5. This is fantastic Sandra – thank you so much for sharing!

    I never heard of this technique, but resonate with it so very strongly. I remember once hearing Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev share in a lecture: “If you only knew the power you hold in your hands, in just one finger alone…..” I cannot paraphrase the rest exactly but it stuck with me, and stirred some inner knowing and truth of the capabilities and potential of our hands to heal ourselves, others….to transform the world, literally.

    I really feel that our body has so many interactive ways to work with us in natural ways, activating various energy pathways, etc….now the fun part is learning it all 🙂

    • It’s so nice to see you, Evita! I love the look of your new site and wish you every success with it.

      That’s a really interesting memory of the remarks from Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. I think you would really resonate with the origin and feeling of Jin Shin Jyutsu. I love the energy of Jiro Murai, who revealed these healing teachings, and his main student the Japanese-American Mary Burmeister. This system has a profoundly spiritual origin.

      It really is quite amazing to realize the healing power within!

  6. How wonderful Sandra I wonder if this maybe can help me grow my bones. I currently am using eft meditation, quantum healing and my alkaline lifestyle.
    I was interested to see the index finger – fear and relates to the kidneys and the little finger relates to skeletal system-trying to- I know I am moving beyond that.

    • Hi Suzie,

      Yes fear relates to the kidneys and in Buddhism the antidote to fear is loving-kindness practice. 🙂

      Jin Shin Jyutu is very healing. If you want to strengthen your bones though, you might want to try the Bone Dreaming Meditation (CD) by Gilles Marin []. Here’s the description. BTW, I love your 21 day self love challenge.

      Bone Dreaming/Breathing will allow you to quiet your mind, relax better and improve your natural capacity to heal.

      Side 1 (Track 1 & 2) – The Bone Breathing Meditation – is a training to cultivate your ability to feel your bones. This is the first step in building a strong foundation for self-development. It starts the process of getting in touch with one’s own internal organs.

      When practiced, Bone Breathing will allow you to quiet and clarify your mind, relax better and improve the natural capacity of your body to heal. Originating in Taoist monasteries in the mountain ranges of China some immemorial time ago, the Bone Marrow Nei-Kung, the discipline from which the Bone Breathing formula has been extracted, was originally designed to fortify the blood, strengthen the bones and raise the flow of Chi or life-giving force.

      This practice has a profound healing effect.

      Side 2 (Track 3) – The Bone Dreaming Meditation – is specially designed to induce sleep and/or a deep sense of relaxation. It is also successfully used as a supplement to massage therapy when played during treatments to bring the Bone Breathing benefits to clients.

      It is highly recommended for people with a high stress level, hypertension, breathing difficulties, joint and nerve pain, bone deterioration, low vitality, spastic muscles, etc., and anyone just wanting to be able to relax deeper and enjoy a more satisfying sleep without experiencing the side effects of drugs. Massage practitioners will feel that their clients relax faster during treatment, allowing a deeper touch without generating pain.

      These practices are designed to stimulate an educational process enabling individuals to care for themselves in a more informed way. Everyone is responsible for their own physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. To address any disease it is recommended that one seek informed medical advice as a complement to massage therapy, meditation and Chi-Kung.

      With training and practice, individuals will be able to better understand themselves and thus become capable of functioning more efficiently and humanly.

  7. How interesting! I recently read something very similar and I have been practicing it. The exercise I read about was in a tai chi book. The difference is that you sort of massage the fingers by bringing the fingertips of the other hand together around the finger. Thumb and first two fingers are massaged from the base knuckle to the tip. Ring and little finger in reverse.

    Also, I’ve been learning about the link between certain body parts, emotions, and so on. In the qigong and Taoist healing practices I’m learning, each organ has a corresponding season, color, emotions, other body part, sound, and healing movement.

    This is fascinating stuff. And since my emotions have been a bit out of balance lately, I’m going to try this right now. I’m also going to print this article out for easy reference. Thank you!!

    • Hi Galen,

      I appreciate Taoist and Qigong healing methods as well. In JSJ, there’s also the link between certain body parts, emotion, season, color, etc. too. Those emotions can really get testy sometimes. Enjoy!

  8. Oh that’s nice and easy. I love holding hands with my kids and I’ve noticed when I’m meditating (in my own new way) that my hands are a bit lonely and bored sitting there with nothing to do so this will keep them occupied and bring me that sense of joy you get from holding hands with someone else.

    I love it. It will take me a little while to remember what each finger represents though but that will be the next step.

    • Dearest Annabel,

      Yes, it is easy! Even I can do it. Admittedly, there’s one or two fingers I confuse as to the meaning. But you’re bright as a tack so I’m sure you will get it down easily. I’m glad you have found a way to meditate that suits you. Yes, it can be a little challenging to be still! Hope you have fun with this healing approach.

  9. Hello Sandra,

    This sounds really interesting. I usually hear of foot reflexology but have little awareness that we can balance our emotions through the fingers as well. I have always liked simple self-help tools that we can easily apply ourselves at home.

    Thanks for sharing the simple diagrams too!

    • Hi Evelyn,

      How nice to see you! I love this approach and hope you enjoy it too. Self-help can be very powerful, at least it has been for me.

  10. Hi Sandra!

    Your blog was one of the first I started to follow when I first joined wordpress. I know I started following it because it inspired me or I found it uplifting and positive. As such, recently I have been gifted the “Peer-to-Peer” Award of the “Very Inpsiring Blogger” nomination and I must also nominate 10 others who Inspire me. You were one of my nominations, I hope you’ll accept. I am including a link to the post for you to read more about it when you have the time.

    • Thank you, Lady Gwendolynn. I’m honored that you have found my blog inspiring, uplifting, and positive and have chosen to share this award with me. Wishing you all the best!

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