“Flight & Fight” – calming the vagal nerve

Oh my goodness, a picture does say a thousand words. A quick glance at the photo below reveals the many organs affected by the vagus nerve. Balancing your vagal pathway is integral to creating harmony and getting out of “fight or flight” mode.

“The vagus nerve is known as the “wandering nerve” because it has multiple branches that diverge from two thick stems rooted in the cerebellum and brainstem that wander to the lowest viscera of your abdomen touching your heart and most major organs along the way.” 1

“The vagus nerve is also a key part of your parasympathetic “rest and digest” nervous system. It influences your breathing, digestive function and heart rate, all of which can have a huge impact on your mental health.” 2

1.) https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/the-athletes-way/201607/vagus-nerve-stimulation-dramatically-reduces-inflammation

2.) https://www.optimallivingdynamics.com/blog/how-to-stimulate-your-vagus-nerve-for-better-mental-health-brain-vns-ways-treatment-activate-natural-foods-depression-anxiety-stress-heart-rate-variability-yoga-massage-vagal-tone-dysfunction

Stimulate Your Own Vagus Nerve…

It is always important to be part of your own healthcare through self-care.
There are medical devices that can be implanted to stimulate the vagus nerve. But for the average person, integrating a few easy techniques into your daily life can be transformative. Some suggestions for toning your vagal pathways are breathing exercises, yawning, cold exposure, cold showers, gargling, maintaining a strong gut with prebiotic & probiotic foods, laughing, socializing, yoga, mediation, Tai Chi, positive self talk, singing, humming, and chanting.

Try something that is easy for you to integrate into your daily routine like simply ending your shower with a cold water rinse or any other of the choices above.

“The [cranial sacral] session Elizabeth did focusing on my vagus nerve was one of the most relaxing sessions I’ve ever experienced – I didn’t sleep, but rather just drifted in a timeless state with no worries at all for an entire hour. Afterwards I felt like I was back in my body, but in a much more relaxed way.”
G.B. Healdsburg, CA

Cranial Work and Deep Relaxation

Many people don’t realize how important it is to have all those head bones moving freely instead of being jammed in a frozen position from past injuries, dental work or accidents. Even if one doesn’t recall head injuries in your past, contemplate: how many children have you seen that haven’t hit their head? My first head injury was at 4 years old.  
 Conditions like head pain, neck pain, TMJ, sinus issues, whiplash, worry, and anxiety can be helped with cranial work.  In the last 20 years of bodywork, I have found that deep relaxation in my sessions is a profound experience to receive.

Please forward this to any friends or family who may need help. I hope to be a resource to help you and your loved ones keep healthy.

Elizabeth Lakin CCHH, CCSP, NTS
voicemail: 707-583-2370

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