The Japanese Method for Eliminating Stress

22 October, 2018
In addition to localized massages, you can use different relaxation techniques, practices, and stretches that could potentially help alleviate tension and aid in eliminating stress.

No one can deny that stress is the evil of the century and can have tons of negative effects on your health. In Japan, they’ve created a revolutionary method that could help in relieving fatigue, nervousness and anxiety, and eliminating stress in minutes.

What is the Japanese Method for Eliminating Stress?

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When combined with your daily obligations, exhaustion and fatigue can be very detrimental to your health. It would seem that stress is always more common than health and calmness.

Whenever things at work or at home have begun to stress you out, we recommend that you try this interesting Eastern technique to relax.

How to Apply It

In the West, most people are unaware that each part of your body has certain healing powers. Especially your fingers.

Every finger is associated with a different emotion or feeling.

The theory is that, by massaging or applying pressure to a particular finger, you may be able to help relieve a particular pain.

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According to this technique, if you put your palms next to each other and press them together for a few seconds, it’s supposed to help eliminate something negative in your life. For example, negative emotions, or even certain ailments or diseases that can result from toxic emotions.

To better understand how this works, you must first know of the healing powers of each finger.

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  • Thumb: Worries, nerves, and stress.
  • Index finger: Fear.
  • Middle finger: Anger and rage.
  • Ring finger: Depression, sadness, and indecision.
  • Pinky: Pessimism, lack of energy, and anxiety.

The “scientific” explanation for this method is based on the fact that your hands are connected to your brain. Specifically, to the area that’s responsible for your emotions.

In order to apply this for eliminating stress, you need to put your left hand in a fist. Then, wrap the fingers of your right hand around it.

Put pressure on the specific finger related to your ailment or problem. If it’s stress, then you’ll be going for the thumb. Hold the pressure for about 30 seconds and rest another 30. Begin again as often as you like.

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Person applying the Japanese technique for eliminating stress

There’s also another way that people work through their emotions using their fingers. It’s based on “Jin Shin Iyutsu,” which is a Japanese art form. It means something like “the art of happiness.”

Emotional Issues

In this case, you massage the points on your hand as things occur. For instance:

  • Thumbs and index fingers for concerns.
  • Middle fingers for anger.
  • Ring fingers for sadness.
  • Pinkies for pessimism.

Open one of your hands and pay close 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. You can also close the finger in question in the form of a “locked” fist.

Once you have done this, switch hands and repeat the exercise.

Physical Ailments

These techniques help you during times of stress or emotional upset. However, they could also aid in relieving physical ailments. Let’s see what each finger is for:

  • Thumb: Stomach and spleen. Headaches, stomach problems, and skin disorders.
  • Index finger: Kidneys and bladder. Muscle aches and digestive problems.
  • Middle finger: Gallbladder and liver. Menstrual pain, headaches, vision problems, circulatory issues, and fatigue.
  • Ring finger: Colon and lungs. Digestive upset and respiratory problems (especially asthma.)
  • Pinky: Heart and intestines. Bone problems.

Eastern Techniques for Fighting and Eliminating Stress

It seems there are many effective techniques from Asia that aim to help people get into a “zen” state. That’s why most of the best exercises and methods for eliminating stress come from this part of the world.

If you’re very stressed out, in addition to trying the finger pressure technique, we recommend that you also try the following:


The first record of this practice and life philosophy dates back to 3,000 years ago, on paintings that were found in India. Yoga is acclaimed for its ability to unite the body and the soul through meditation.

Several branches of yoga have spawned throughout history, but they all have the same purpose. To help you achieve a balance between your physical and spiritual beings.

Practicing yoga regularly could help:

  • Promote weight loss.
  • Fight pain (especially back pain.)
  • Tone your muscles.
  • Improve flexibility, and relieve depression and stress.

Relaxation is achieved in various positions, according to each person’s needs.

Forest Bath

Person walking barefoot in the forest

In order to practice this technique, known as “Shinrin Yoku,” you have to walk barefoot through a park or forest.

The idea is that walking through nature allows it to enter your body through your five senses. This practice improves your mood, creativity levels, and health.

For best results, you should walk through nature for at least an hour, two times a week.

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Only pay attention to what’s around you, and enjoy a delicious cup of tea or fruit juice while you walk. You’re forbidden from taking your cell phone or your problems with you on your forest walks.

According to studies, this also helps reduce blood pressure, cortisol levels (the stress hormone), and anxiety, while strengthening your immune system and improving cognitive function

Tai Chi

This oriental discipline seeks to find the perfect balance between body and mind by applying slow but vigorous movements.

Undoubtedly you’ve some people practicing this in a park before. It’s fun, plus it’s great for all ages.

Tai Chi is a form of martial arts but it’s also an activity to help relax you. Some of its many benefits are stress relief, physical strength, increased flexibility, and the flow of positive energy.


Person massaging a womans neck

This is a Japanese practice that may help alleviate various types of ailments caused by from stress, such as sore shoulders and a stiff back.

In Shiatsu, you exert pressure on several specific points of the body. Each of them is related to the central nervous system and vital organs.

Shiatsu could potentially help:

  • Reduce tension
  • Provide energy.
  • Eliminate toxins.
  • Regulate your blood pressure.
  • Alleviate anxiety and sleep disorders.


This practice was invented in China, and it aims to improve the elderly’s quality of life. It’s based on a series of breathing exercises that may help: reduce nervousness, encourage better balance, and help you achieve a sense of serenity.

It can also be used in your workplace during stressful times. Do-in not only has the potential to promote conscious breathing, but it could also aid in meditation, strengthening your muscles, restoring good sleep, and eliminating stress and tension.


This is also a martial art. Unlike karate or taekwondo, however, Aikido promotes mental serenity and respect for others and rejects violence.

Movements are typically circular and may improve your ability to concentrate while balancing your mind, eliminating stress, and toning the muscles. “Aikido” translates to “the way of energy and harmony.

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