You Have To Reset Your Nervous System In Order To Perform At Your Peak!

If you want to perform at your peak both physically and mentally, YOU HAVE TO RESET YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM after much pulling and tugging on it. Our daily life activities – such as work, running a business, the challenges OF LIFE, family, dealing with employees and co-workers, etc, can cause a lot of stress on our mind and body which can be at times demanding and strenuous. As such in order for you to reset your body mentally and physically (your nervous system) you need to move the body from that state of demanding and strenuous and into a calm, rested state via your “vagus nerve” or “vagal tone”. So you may ask yourself how does the vagal nerve do this via the nervous system or what is the vagus nerve?

You see the nervous system is not a single entity, in fact, it consists of many interlocking elements of which, there is the CNS (central nervous system ) and the ANS (automatic nervous system). Though both are very important the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) stands to be first. The ANS controls ‘autonomous’ functions, i.e. those of which you have little to no conscious control over. Things like heart rate, blood pressure, sweating, digestion and the subconscious aspect of breathing, etc. As such the ANS comprises three main elements: the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS), the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS), and the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). The SNS is responsible for the ‘fight or flight’ reaction. Whereas the ENS is concerned with how the intestines function and plays a role in communicating with the central nervous system. The PNS however is responsible for the ‘rest and digest’ state. It calms the body by bringing down heart and breathing rate. It re-diverts bodily resources to the vital organs, allowing the deeper autonomous systems (such as digestion) to work at full capacity. 

So the question was, how does the Vagus nerve bring the body into a calm, rested state via the nervous system? So to understand this let us look at what is the Vagus nerve and where it is located.

The Vagus nerve which is also called the “wanderer” or “traveler” runs throughout the body and is the longest nerve. It begins in the brainstem before heading down into the front of the neck via the carotid artery sheath. The vagus nerve travels into the body, passing the cardiovascular system, the digestive system, the reproductive system, and many other organs. It connects your brain to many important organs throughout the body, including the gut (intestines, stomach), heart, and lungs. It takes readings from each and passes on messages from the brain, like a neuronal superhighway. As the largest nerve in the body, it covers a stunning amount of ground. There’s little going on in your internal organs in which the vagus nerve is not involved. The vagus nerve, therefore, provides the vital communication highway to help these systems operate. It acts as the ‘central switchboard’ of the ANS (automatic nervous system)

The vagus nerve, therefore, is 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. Therefore when the Vagus nerve is stimulated the vagus nerve “activates’ the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). But what you really need to pay special attention to is the “tone” of your vagus nerve. The term “Vagal Tone” is an internal biological process that represents the activity of the vagus nerve. Increasing your “vagal tone” activates the parasympathetic nervous system, and having a higher vagal tone means that your body can relax faster after stress. Therefore raising your “vagal tone” requires you being intentional. You have to make rest and recovery a priority.

In other words, the more you increase your “vagal tone”, the more your physical and mental health will improve and you will experience a myriad of benefits such as reduced inflammation throughout the body, less chronic pain, increased memory function, increased cognitive capacity, quicker reflexes, slowing down of the aging process, increase stomach acid and digestive enzyme production which stimulates and ensures the proper and sustained absorption of vital nutrients. Blood pressure is lowered. The immune system is properly regulated. Hormones and enzymes like oxytocin are stimulated, aiding the body’s general health and improving psychological well-being – all of which is caused when we are relaxed or in a relaxed state.

 

 

Research as such has shown that Massages Therapy can stimulate the vagus nerve, and increase vagal activity and vagal tone. The vagus nerve can be stimulated by massaging several specific areas of the body to decrease the “fight or flight” sympathetic response an example of such is the left side of the neck area.

 

 

As such therapy at Flamboyannt Wellness is not your typical wellness massage treatment. I have integrated several modalities into my craft to produce a style of bodywork that addresses the nervous system as well as the muscles using light, firm, or deep therapeutic pressure if need be. Massage therapy is one of the best ways to stimulate the nervous system, get the brain to go into theta & delta brain wave state, and generate synaptic activity in the brain. When the brain is therefore in theta and delta brain waves it produces a state of regeneration for your body and it helps the body to heal itself. So yes it is mind therapy as much as it is body therapy. I pour my passion, energy, and intention into every action. While on my table, breath work and gentle guided meditation followed by a sequence of purposeful strokes, passive movements, and gentle stretches are combined into what I believe can be described as holistic healing. Each person’s anatomy is unique—so is their nervous system, pain experience, and treatment goals. Your first session with me is all about studying and getting to know each other. Building a strong therapeutic relationship over time is also important since this will aid in increasing the effectiveness of your massages over time as well as your overall well-being. 

Hope this was of help to you and if you have any questions feel free to connect with me, I and will be happy to help you with whatever concerns or questions you may have.

 

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