The Vagus Nerve: Heal Your Vagus Nerve with Exercises to dramatically Reduce Chronic Inflammation, trauma, anxiety, and Prevent Illness (Hardcover)
The vagus nerve is the most important nerve you probably didn't know you had. The vagus nerve is a long meandering bundle of motor and sensory fibers that links the brain stem to the heart, lungs, and gut. It also branches out to touch and interact with the liver, spleen, gallbladder, ureter, female fertility organs, neck, ears, tongue, and kidneys. Through a series of easy self-help exercises, the book illustrates the simple ways we can regulate the vagus nerve in order to initiate deep relaxation, improve sleep, and recover from injury and trauma. Useful for psychotherapists, doctors, bodyworkers, and caregivers, as well as anyone who experiences the symptoms of chronic stress and depression, this book shows how we can optimize autonomic functioning in ourselves and others, and bring the body into the state of safety that activates its innate capacity to heal. Your vagus nerve plays a key role in your overall wellbeing and performance. Whether you are feeling anxiety or depression, you can use tools to engage your social nervous system to re-establish higher order nervous system functions. Healing the nervous system can take time and requires patience. Put the polyvagal theory into action in you life to increase your sense of freedom in body and mind This book provides all the tools you need to understand and heal your vagus nerve.