This vagus nerve reset is designed to relieve stress and anxiety by restoring the social engagement state referenced in Polyvagal Theory developed by Stephen Porges.
Vagus nerve exercises also turn off fight or flight in the sympathetic nervous system to release trauma stored in the body.
Note: this content is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice, or as a substitute for the medical advice of a physician.
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-- Vagus Nerve Reset To Release Trauma From Your Body (Polyvagal Exercises) --
When it comes to trauma stored in the body, people usually ask me two questions.
The first is:
How do I know if I have trauma stored in my body?
The answer to that one is, you do. We all do. Trauma is a part of life and we’ve all got stuff.
(Even if you don’t remember it.)
It’s why our shoulders are tight and our backs ache. It’s why we get weekly massages and go to therapy.
It underlies most chronic health conditions and makes them worse.
Case in point:
Did you know that researchers have drawn a connection between experiencing racism and a higher prevalence of adult onset asthma for black women?
Trauma isn’t always about the Big Events. Yes, those count. Of course they do.
But so does having a distant mother (who likely had her own trauma).
Cultural shaming (hello women who were constantly told to be quiet, be small, not take up space).
Toxic work environments. Not being heard. Microaggressions.
And of course the ever prevalent accidents, injuries, falls out of trees and off horses, broken legs, cracked ribs, etc, etc, etc.
So, you’ve got some trauma. You don’t have to call it that, but it’s there, okay?
Now the second question: what do we do about it?
This is the part I love. SO MUCH of the conversation surrounding trauma in our culture boils down to understanding the narrative -- what’s your story?
That’s important, BUT…
It doesn’t get to the biological roots. These parts of our bodies are up to 500 million years old and they frankly don’t give a flying unicorn fart about your story.
So that’s where I come in.
We can “talk” to these ancient parts of you -- the parts where fear, stress and trauma are stored -- through movement and sensation, which form the language of your nervous system.
And that’s what I’m showing you how to do in this video.
You can use this vagus nerve reset regularly any time you feel stressed, anxious or tense.
Be sure and leave me a comment to let me know how this vagus nerve reset went for you!
About Sukie Baxter
I have fifteen years of experience in clinical practice helping people to heal pain, stress and tension in their bodies so that they can experience more freedom in their lives. I’m the author of Perfect Posture for Life and the founder of WholeBodyRevolution.com, an online informational site for healthy posture, movement and aging.
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