Your Cheeky Guide to Harnessing the Power of Your Vagus Nerve!

Your Cheeky Guide to Harnessing the Power of Your Vagus Nerve!

7 minutes

Embrace the wanderer within; your vagus nerve is the key to tranquillity, health and holistic well-being.

~ Samantha Jane

Introduction: Meet Your Vagus Nerve

Ladies, it’s time for a chat and to practice what we preach! Yes, it’s about that vagus nerve. So, what is it exactly? Well, “vagus” in Latin translates to “wandering.” Like many Wonder Women, it’s been around the block a few times, winding its way through our bodies, from brain to gut, heart, lungs, you name it. And before you ask, no, it’s not too old to go clubbing, but it sure does know how to chill.

Your vagus nerve is, without a doubt, a VIP in our bodies. It is responsible for calming our body after a stress-induced event, kind of like that best friend who brings you chocolate and wine after a hard day. It’s a built-in masseuse, yoga teacher, and life coach all rolled into one.

But sometimes, just like our wardrobes, our nerves need a little stimulating. So how can we show this prime nerve some love?

How Do I Activate My Vagus Nerve?

DIY Vagus Nerve Massage

Neck-rub: Channel your inner boxer. Using the back of your knuckles, gently rub both sides of your neck in a circular motion. This isn’t the time for an uppercut – we’re aiming for calm, remember? Brush downwards 7-10 times, and enjoy the Zen.

Ear-tug: Here’s where having short nails is advantageous (another win against those impossible-to-maintain talons!). Pinch the outer edges of your ears and then gently press the centre. It’s like hitting the “refresh” button on a glitchy computer.

The yawning lion’s breath: Ever wonder why a good exhale feels so good? You’re actually stimulating your vagus nerve. Take a deep breath in and allow your body to release a wide, long yawn, just like a lion. Deep inhale in, then push out your exhale with your mouth wide open and tongue stuck out, making that noise of a lion! You might feel totally silly, but it’s incredibly effective and even fun for the whole family.

Somatic Exercise: The Butterfly Hug

The Butterfly Hug is a gentle, self-soothing technique that combines physical touch with rhythmic breathing to stimulate the vagus nerve and promote a sense of calm and safety.

Steps:

  1. Find a Comfortable Position: Sit or lie down in a comfortable position where you won’t be disturbed.
  2. Cross Your Arms: Cross your arms over your chest, so that your hands rest on the opposite shoulders – like giving yourself a hug.
  3. Gentle Tapping: Begin to gently tap your shoulders alternately, like the flapping of butterfly wings. Left hand, right shoulder; right hand, left shoulder.
  4. Breath Awareness: As you continue the tapping, focus on your breathing. Inhale deeply through your nose, hold for a moment, and then exhale slowly through your mouth.
  5. Mindful Presence: Close your eyes if you feel comfortable, and bring your awareness to the sensation of the tapping and the rhythm of your breath. Imagine the calm spreading through your body with each breath.
  6. Duration: Continue this exercise for 2-5 minutes, or until you feel a sense of calm and relaxation.

Benefits:

  • Calming the Nervous System: The rhythmic tapping and mindful breathing help to stimulate the vagus nerve, activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes relaxation.
  • Reducing Stress and Anxiety: This exercise can help reduce stress and anxiety levels by grounding you in the present moment and soothing your nervous system.
  • Enhancing Emotional Regulation: Regular practice can improve your ability to manage and regulate your emotions, leading to a greater sense of emotional balance and well-being.

Remember, the Butterfly Hug is a simple yet powerful way to connect with your body and nurture your vagus nerve. Give it a try whenever you need a moment of calm and self-care.

The Benefits of Vagus Nerve Stimulation

What Happens When the Vagus Nerve is Stimulated?

1. Reduced Anxiety and Stress: Vagus nerve stimulation can help your body relax and reduce feelings of anxiety and stress.

2. Improved Mood: Stimulation of the vagus nerve can boost mood and potentially alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Better Digestion: The vagus nerve plays a crucial role in the digestive process. By stimulating it, we can help our bodies digest food more effectively.

4. Improved Heart Health: Vagus nerve stimulation can help lower heart rate and blood pressure, contributing to better cardiovascular health.

5. Reduced Inflammation: The vagus nerve can help control inflammation in the body, aiding in preventing various diseases and conditions.

6. Better Blood Sugar Control: Some studies suggest that vagus nerve stimulation can help control blood sugar levels, beneficial for individuals with diabetes.

7. Reduced Frequency of Migraines: Evidence suggests that stimulating the vagus nerve can reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines.

8. Improved Memory: Research has shown that vagus nerve stimulation can enhance memory recall.

9. Support for Addiction Recovery: There are indications that vagus nerve stimulation could aid in recovery from addictions, such as alcoholism.

10. Better Sleep: By promoting relaxation and reducing anxiety, stimulating the vagus nerve can contribute to improved sleep quality.

Super Tip: Unleash the Power of the Gua Sha Facial! Ladies, let’s talk about a super-secret weapon that’s been hiding in plain sight: The Gua Sha facial tool. This magical little gadget may look like an oddly-shaped piece of jade or rose quartz, but it holds the key to stimulating your vagus nerve like a pro!

How to Use Gua Sha for Vagus Nerve Stimulation

Watch this short Gua Sha Facial Demo…

Your vagus nerve has a branch that runs through your neck and face. By using your Gua Sha tool on your neck and face, you can directly stimulate this wandering nerve.

Steps:

  1. Start at the base of your neck, on the side where your pulse points are, and gently scrape upwards towards your jawline.
  2. Use light to medium pressure, and always scrape upwards, never down.
  3. Repeat this gentle scraping action up to the middle of your face, covering your jawline, cheeks, and forehead.

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Symptoms of Vagus Nerve Problems

If your vagus nerve isn’t functioning as it should, you could experience a variety of symptoms, including:

Persistent feelings of anxiety or mood swings

Difficulty swallowing or speaking

A loss of your gag reflex

Persistent abdominal pain or bloating

Unexplained weight loss

Regular episodes of heart palpitations or a rapid heartbeat

Frequent shortness of breath with little or no exertion

Conclusion: Embrace Your Inner Wanderer

The power to transform your health and beauty routine is at your fingertips. Book your appointment or order your Genuine Crystal Gua Sha Facial Tools today. Embrace the ancient wisdom of Gua Sha and take a step towards a more radiant you!

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Summary

  • The vagus nerve regulates various functions, from mood to digestion.
  • Stimulating your vagus nerve can reduce anxiety, improve digestion, and boost mood.
  • Techniques include a gentle neck rub, ear tugging, and deep breathing.
  • Gua Sha facial massage is an effective way to stimulate the vagus nerve.
  • Embrace self-care, stimulate your nervous system, and enhance your well-being with SJ Therapies.

So here’s to us, the fabulous women that we are, and to the wanderer within us all – the vagus nerve. We see you, we appreciate you, and we’re going to take better care of you, starting now.

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