Intense Emotions? Try WFAST-ing

Worried?  Fearful?  Angry?  Sad?  “Trying to” appear one way on the outside when you feel another way on the inside?  Use WFAST to reduce emotional overwhelm in your life.

Each finger in Jin Shin Jyutsu® Japanese acupressure harmonizes a specific emotion, known as an attitude in JSJ.  Harmonizing shifts emotions to a more manageable intensity so you can consciously decide what to do next.

Harmonize each attitude by holding the W, F, A, S, or T finger of either hand.  You can either enclose the entire finger with the fingers of your other hand or make a circle with the thumb over the fingernail of the finger in question.  For the thumb you can tuck your thumb into the curled fingers of the same hand instead of making a circle.

How long to hold each finger?  Thirty-six exhales and inhales is a good option.  Or pick a fixed length of time, perhaps five minutes.  Or do it until you feel relief.  Happy WFAST-ing!

To learn more about what each finger supports, please visit this page: Finger Holds


  1. […] So what is the antidote?  Pay attention to what you want and need, let yourself have it, and remember others aren’t responsible for your happiness, you are.  While you play with giving yourself more latitude to have what you want, you can hold your middle finger to harmonize the anger when it surfaces.  If you don’t know about holding your fingers for harmony, you can learn more by visiting my earlier blog post. Intense Emotions? Try WFAST-ing. […]


    • My pleasure, Michelle. I don’t show it in this graphic but the center of the palm harmonizes “total despondency” so you might try that too (just one part of a whole system but it might bring some relief) if the ring finger doesn’t shift things.


  2. This is amazing. I’m going to try it … hopefully not too soon…during the day when the phone keeps ringing and the caller is either “google” or “merchant services” or “insurance” or “do you need money” recordings!


    • You’re welcome, Alexandra. Stress tends to arise from what we’re telling ourselves. I’ll bet the pinkie finger would help since our thoughts often tell us how we’re not doing things well enough, fast enough, or perfectly enough. Give it a try!


    • Hi Ernestine, I love that you’ve already tried this! Yes, 36 breaths can seem like an eternity. If emotions are intense, though, you usually can feel when they release their intensity and it’ll probably be less than 36 breaths. If it’s something on-going you may want to play with holding the fingers for shorter times when you think of it, say while watching TV, lying in bed, or traveling.


  3. This is so useful that I have to print it out and tape it above my computer, in the office. Every time I start worrying (or other things), I can use it and get back to focusing to what really matters. Thanks for teaching us!


    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Norma. Definitely give it a try. The first time I tried holding my middle finger for anger I was shocked by how quickly everything shifted. Play with it and have fun! 🙂


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