The Latin word "vagus" means "wanderer," which appropriately describes how the nerve travels throughout the body and connects to various organs. The vagus nerve is also an important part of the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps you rest and digest. It has an impact on your respiration, digestion, and heart rate, all of which have a significant impact on your mental health.
The last couple years have had an impact on all of our lives and, for many of us, have resulted in heightened levels of stress in numerous areas. Because stress may have a negative impact on both your physical and emotional health, finding ways to manage it should be a priority. We can use a variety of techniques to help manage stress, improve healing, reduce discomfort, and control our nervous system for a lower stress response.
Well, it could kind of be like a vacation, I guess... While many may venture to Las Vegas for fun, relaxation, and to de-stress themselves, your vagus nerve is actually your own secret weapon in fighting stress and the effects of stress without the expense and time off required to go to Las Vegas or any vacation for that matter. We are going to take time to delve into what exactly your vagus nerve is and how it impacts your body, and most importantly, how you can tap into this 'weapon' and combat stress more naturally.
The vagus nerve is the longest and most complex of the 12 pairs of cranial nerves. It transmits information to or from the surface of the brain to tissues and organs elsewhere in the body. The name “vagus” comes from the Latin term for “wandering.” This is because the vagus nerve wanders from the brain into organs in the neck, chest, and abdomen. It is also known as the 10th cranial nerve or cranial nerve X.
Hope you are all having a wonderful summer!
Living Touch Massage will be increasing prices effective July 5th. We will continue to offer both a cash or check discount and credit card rate to offer flexible options for our clients.
Not only does springtime thaw the earth around us, but it also thaws our bodies. The changing of seasons can bring out unique aches and pains. This transition between seasons is a good time to add massage into your self care routine. A deep tissue massage combines deeper pressure massage techniques for health improvement, easing any muscle discomfort you may be experiencing.
We’re always told to lift with our legs and not our back. Lifting with our legs helps lessen the strain on our back. However, lifting isn’t the only time we can work on minimizing the strain on our back. In our day-to-day lives, we need to be more aware of our body positioning. Just like Barbie, if we keep our backs straight and work on bending at the pelvis, we can improve our back pain.
We’ve all heard the phrase “no pain, no gain,” but is it the best advice to follow when it comes to our bodies? Originating in the 1980s as an exercise motto, it promised greater rewards for the price of hard, and even painful work. Under this conception competitive professionals, such as athletes, are required to endure pain (physical suffering) to achieve professional excellence. Medical experts agree that this philosophy is wrong for exercise and may have prompted the use of steroids in order to enhance performance. Thank goodness we’ve learned a lot more about our bodies over the last 30-40 years.