Vagus Nerve Network

by Phyllis Weimar, ARCB-CR

Vagus Nerve Reflexology can help access and activate our vagus nerve network:

  1. Our body's "Tree of Life"
  2. Two cranial nerves originating in the base of skull (occiput)
  3. Branches out to the front and back of body from our head to pelvis
Comprised of:
  • Sympathetic Nervous System
    • FIGHT/FLIGHT/FREEZE response to stress and shock
  • Parasympathetic Nervous System:
    • Our gut instinct
    • Rest and digest processes
    • Feeling safe and protected
    • Sensing danger
Your Vagus Nerve Network is also:
  • 1. Your body's telephone lines.
  • 2. Connects your brain and gut instinct (2nd brain) to all organs including skin.
  • 3. Allows instant communication with each other.
When your instinct tells you something is NOT right,
your gut feels it via your vagus nerve
- and -
tells the rest of your body, "LOOK OUT!"
  • 🠢Helps you respond appropriately to stress
  • 🠢Affects PTSD symptoms and phobias
  • 🠢Immune system booster
  • 🠢Emotional stabilizer
Vagus nerve self-help activation
~ A golden gift ~
• Deep belly laugh1• Humming, singing
• Chanting
• Gargling• Weeping2
• Stress-Melting Exercise**
• Immerse face in cold water for 30 seconds1,3

~ Professional Activation ~
  • • PORTAL Neck Therapy4
  • • Hand and/or Foot Reflexology5
  • • Hands-on healing modalities like massage,
    acupuncture, yoga, etc.5

1 The Vagus Nerve: Your secret weapon in fighting stress by Megan Hories, DPT - 2020
2 Did you know that weeping/emoting release a stress-releasing endorphin into your body
   that normal crying from peeling an onion do NOT elicit?

3 How The Vagus Nerve Positively Boosts Your Well-Being by Stefan Chmelik
4 Go to PORTAL NECK info
5 For more information on this topic visit Stimulating The Vagus Nerve With Reflexology
**Stress Melting Exercise
  1. Place right hand on belly
  2. Slowly stroke your left fingers back and forth across the back of your right hand and wrist for 1-2 minutes
  3. While gently breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth with a sigh
  4. Repeat on the other hand