Stimulating The Vagus Nerve With Reflexology

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The vagus nerve is a nerve that many people don’t realise they have and if you are in that scenario, you certainly are not alone. However, it is the longest nerve in the body and originates in the brain, travelling down from the neck from where it passes around the digestive system, heart, lungs, spleen, liver and pancreas. It is important that this nerve is stimulated in order to tone and strengthen it, as this will ultimately improve a person’s health and wellbeing.

In the latest blog from Calm Therapy, based in Eastbourne in East Sussex, we look at how working on the pressure points associated with the vagus nerve during reflexology may help with digestive issues, stress and anxiety and bring a sense of calm, as well as giving pain relief, although it must be stressed that reflexology is not a cure for any disorder and it cannot be used in the diagnosis of any physical issues.

What Is The Vagus Nerve?

First things first, just a little more detail about the vagus nerve. It is the body’s major parasympathetic nerve and is a bundle of motor and sensory fibres that link the brain stem to the heart, gut and lungs. Vagus is actually Latin for “wandering” and as the nerve wanders through your system, it sends out fibres from your brain stem to your organs interacting with the liver, spleen, gall bladder, ureter, female fertility organs, neck, ears, tongue and kidneys.

This certainly adds up to it being an extremely important nerve, which controls unconscious functions of the body as well as aiding food digestion, keeping the heart rate steady and supporting breathing and sweating. That’s quite impressive so far, and the list goes on to include regulating blood pressure and blood glucose balance, helping the kidneys to function as well as being important in fertility issues. It is therefore quite clear that the vagus nerve is critical for optimal health irrespective of your issues.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Can Help With:

  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Heart conditions
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Tinnitus
  • Migraines

Looking After Your Vagus Nerve With Reflexology

There are many techniques used to stimulate the vagus nerve including positive social relationships, laughing, yoga, meditation, exercise, breathing slowly and deeply, massage and reflexology. The vagus nerve is directly affected during a reflexology session, which is not surprising as there are more nerves in the feet per square inch than any other part of the body. Reflexology will help to slow the heart rate, improve digestion, lower blood pressure and promote relaxation. The feet have various vagus nerve reflexes and reflexology stimulates these areas, thus increasing the nerve’s activity. Oxytocin is released promoting relaxation, healthy digestion and also a sense of wellbeing.

Conclusion

Lack of stimulation of the vagus nerve can impact on your health and when it is not working optimally, problems such as anxiety, tinnitus, depression, weight gain, and irritable bowel syndrome may occur. Hands-on healing can help to stimulate the vagus nerve including massage, particularly reflexology.

What To Do Next

Jane from Calm Therapy belongs to the Association Of Reflexologists and the Federation Of Holistic Therapists and adheres to their strict standards to provide professional treatments. If you are interested in reflexology sessions to stimulate your vagus nerve in order to help with digestion, stress and anxiety, please call Jane on 07734 695964 for a without obligation chat. Jane is a fully qualified therapist, experienced at stimulating the vagus nerve with this safe treatment.

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Sleep Is The Best Remedy

March is National Bed Month.  This is the perfect time to become more aware about your sleep patterns and discover how they can affect your health and wellbeing.

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In my opinion, sleep IS the best remedy.  My children hear this all the time.  When ever one of them pipes up that they don’t feel well, I simply tell them they need to sleep!

Benefits of a good nights sleep include:

  • Improved memory.
  • Reduced risk of heart disease and other life threatening illnesses.
  • Lowers your stress levels.
  • Improves your mental health and reduces the chance of depression.
  • Your body is repairing itself while you sleep.

If you are having trouble sleeping, try some of these tips.

  • Switch off all technology two hours before you go to bed.
  • Notice what you eat and try to eat a lighter meal before 6pm.
  • Notice your breathing.  Try regular, gentle breaths to calm your system.
  • Book yourself in for some Calm Therapy Reflexology for a deep sense of relaxation.

For more information about your sleep patterns visit the Sleep Council website.

Jane has been a Reflexologist for 15 years and is experienced with helping people with stress and anxiety.  She also works with Maternity clients.

To make a booking please visit www.calmtherapy.co.uk, email jane@calmtherapy.co.uk or call 07734 695 964.

 

International Women’s Day! Eunice Ingham; The Mother Of Reflexology

To Celebrate International Women’s Day I Thought I Would Introduce To You
Eunice Ingham, affectionately known as The Mother Of Reflexology.

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Eunice Ingham was born in South Dakota in 1889 and went on to work as a physiotherapist for Dr Joe Shelby Riley. Dr Riley was very interested in some work that a colleague, Dr Fitzgerald has published on the subject of zone therapy. Eunice Ingham took time to research and develop the zone therapy findings and developed her foot theory in the early 1930’s.

Eunice spent many hours probing the feet, finding tender spots and equating them to the anatomy of the body. She then began working on people’s feet, using her thumb and fingers to push and prod. She became so convinced with the benefits of this treatment that she planned to write a book and travel throughout the USA to talk about health seminars.

Eunice’s life-long goal was to help mankind as much as we are able, whenever possible and wherever we might be.

In 1938, Eunice published her first book “Stories the feet can tell” which very quickly spread the word about the benefits of Reflexology. Eunice became very well known and travelled the world attending health seminars where she spoke with medical practitioners about her therapy. In latter years she was joined by her nephew, Dwight Byers.

Eventually, Dwight took over the teaching seminars and established the International Institute of Reflexology, to protect Eunice’s original writings, worldwide.

In December 1974, Eunice passed over at the age of 85 years. She had dedicated her life to helping others and was totally committed to the benefits of Reflexology.

Text was copied from The Institute Of Reflexology‘s Website.

Jane has been a Reflexologist for 15 years and is experienced with helping people with stress and anxiety.  She also works with Maternity clients.

To make a booking please visit www.calmtherapy.co.uk, email jane@calmtherapy.co.uk or call    07734 695 964.

 

Sukshma Marma Therapy with Marek

This Marek Lorys.  He is a qualified practitioner of Sukshma Marma Therapy.  I first met Marek at a networking meeting in Eastbourne where we began to chat about his work.  It was on our second meeting that we agreed to swap treatments.  So on a drizzly day in December, I drove over to Newhaven to visit Marek in his studio at the end of his garden.  I was greeted warmly and as we chatted, Marek started to build up a case history for me.  He then explained exactly what the therapy is and what will happen during the treatment.

Sukshma Marma Therapy is the art of treating very special vital points on the human body, and is one of the greatest healing secrets of Ayurveda. It can be used to detoxify the body, to strengthen and revitalise, for rejuvenation and relaxation, and to release blocked energy.
Through these energy points we can stimulate the function of internal organs, strengthen self-healing power, and harmonize mind and body. We can improve eyesight, balance the digestive system, alleviate headaches, reduce tension, and alleviate or cure many everyday complaints.
For the treatment, I had to undress down to my underwear and lie on a treatment couch, face down.  Marek began the treatment by applying light pressure to specific points including, he base of my skull, back and lower back.  I then turned over for the treatment to continue.  During this session alot of thoughts ran through my mind as if I was processing them. I felt most relaxed when Marek applied the pressure to my hands, feet and lower back. By the end of the treatment I had entered into a light dose and could barely wake to get myself of the couch!  After the treatment I felt quite alert, energized and able to get on with my day.
Marek is a lovely, kind and warm character.  He spends one month a year in America meditating…..how cool is that!??!
This picture below is the view from Mareks Studio.
For further information or to contact Marek please visit his website: