No one can deny that stress is the evil of the century that can have many negative effects on your health.
In Japan, they’ve created a revolutionary method that promises to rid you of fatigue, nervousness, and anxiety in minutes.
Want to know what it is? Read on to find out more.
The Japanese method to reduce stressExhaustion and fatigue when combined with your daily obligations can be very detrimental to your health. It would seem that stress is always more common than health and tranquility.
Whenever things at work or at home have begin to stress you out, we recommend you try this interesting Eastern technique to relax you.
In the West, we rarely know that each part of our body has certain powers, especially the fingers. Every finger is associated with a different emotion or feeling.
The theory is that by applying pressure or massage on a particular finger you’ll relieve a particular pain.
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If you put your palms next to each other and press them together for a few seconds, you can eliminate something negative in your life (including certain ailments or diseases that can result from toxic emotions).
To better understand how this works, you must first know of the powers of each finger.
- The thumb: Worries, nerves, and stress.
- The index finger: Fear
- The middle finger: Anger and rage
- The ring finger: Depression, sadness, and indecision
- The pinky finger: Pessimism, lack of energy, and anxiety.
The “scientific” explanation for this technique is based on the fact that the hands are connected to your brain – specifically the area that is responsible for your emotions.
In order to perform this function you need to put your left hand in a fist and wrap the fingers of your right hand around it.
Then put pressure on the specific finger related to your ailment or problem. If it’s stress, then you’re going for the thumb. Hold the pressure for about 30 seconds, rest another 30, and begin again as often as you like.
Apply pressure on your fingers and improve your lifeAnother way people work through their emotions using their fingers is based on a Japanese art known as “Jin Shin Iyutsu,” which translated means something like “the art of happiness.”
You massage the points on the hand as things happen. The thumbs are for concerns, the index fingers for concerns, your middle fingers for anger, the ring fingers for sadness, and the pinky fingers for pessimism.
Open one hand and pay more attention to the finger that is closely related to your situation.
Press on both fingers for a few minutes using the thumb and index finger of your other hand, or you can close the finger in question in the form of a “locked” fist. Once complete, switch hands and repeat this exercise.
These techniques not only can help you during times of stress or emotional problems, but they can also relieve physical ailments. Let’s see what each finger is for:
- The thumb: The stomach and the spleen, headaches, stomach problems, and skin disorders.
- The index finger: Your kidneys and bladder, muscle aches, and digestive problems.
- The middle finger: The gallbladder and the liver, menstrual pain or headaches, problems with the vision, circulatory problems, and fatigue.
- The ring finger: The colon and the lungs, problems with digestion or the respiratory system (especially asthma).
- The pinky finger: The heart and the intestines, bone problems.
Eastern techniques for fighting stress
It seems there are many effective techniques from Asia that aim to help people get into a “Zen” state of tranquility and good humor. That’s why most of the recommended exercises and methods come from this part of the world.
In addition to trying out the finger pressure technique, if you’re very stressed out we recommend you choose from the following:
The first record of this practice and philosophy of life dates back to 3,000 years ago, on paintings that were found in India. Yoga is acclaimed for its ability to unite the body with the soul through meditation.
Throughout history, various branches of yoga have been developed but they all have the same purpose: to help you achieve a balance between your physical and spiritual beings.
Among the many benefits of practicing yoga are: promoting weight loss, fighting pain (especially back pain), toning the muscles, improving flexibility, and fighting depression and stress. Relaxation is achieved through various positions, according to each person.
Among the many benefits of yoga are: lose weight, eliminate pain (especially back), tone muscles, provide flexibility and combat depression and stress. Relaxation is achieved through various positions according to each person.
Forest bathIn order to practice this technique, known as “Shinrin Yoku,” you must walk barefoot through a park or a forest.
The idea is that walking through nature allows it to enter your body through the five senses. It improves your mood, creativity levels, and health. You should walk through nature for at least an hour, two times a week.
Only pay attention to what surrounds you, and enjoy a delicious tea or fruit juice while you walk. Bringing your cell phone or problems along with you is not allowed.
According to studies this also reduces blood pressure, cortisol levels (the stress hormone), and anxiety, while strengthening your immune system and improving cognitive function.
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This oriental discipline seeks to find the perfect balance between body and mind by using slow but vigorous movements. No doubt you’ve some people practicing this in a park before – it’s fun and all ages can participate.
Tai Chi is a form of martial arts but it’s also an activity to relax you. Among its many benefits are the reduction of stress, physical strength, increased flexibility, and the flow of positive energy.
ShiatsuThis practice is Japanese in origin and can help alleviate all manner of ailments derived from stress, such as stiff shoulders and back.
You exert pressure on several specific points of the body, each of them related to the central nervous system and vital organs.
Shiatsu can reduce tension and give you energy, but it also eliminates toxins, regulates the blood pressure, and alleviates anxiety and sleep disorders.
This practice was invented in China and it aims to improve the quality of life for the elderly. It’s based on a series of breathing exercises that reduce nervousness, encourage better balance, and help you achieve a sense of serenity.
It can also be used in your workplace during stressful times. Among its advantages are that it promotes conscious breathing, helping you to meditate, strengthen your muscles, restoring good sleep, and eliminating tension and stress.
This is also a martial art, but unlike karate or taekwondo, it promotes mental serenity and respect for others, while rejecting violence.
Movements are typically circular and can improve your ability to concentrate while balancing your mind, eliminating stress, and toning the muscles. The meaning of the world “aikido” means the way of energy and harmony.