Massage for Vagus Nerve Stimulation
The Vagus Nerve is the longest cranial nerve in the body. This “wandering” vagabond controls your inner nerve center—the parasympathetic nervous system. When the Vagus Nerve is balanced, or “toned” it helps to regulate sleep, stress and digestion. There are many rituals designed to support your vagal tone. One of the simplest and most satisfying is self massage – no masseuse required! Keep scrolling to get started with your tension taming Vagus Nerve massage.
Apply massage oil
Begin with two pumps of body oil into the hands. We love using our Vagus Nerve Oil.
Cup your hands to your nose and inhale deeply.
Massage your neck
Starting at your clavicle, gently massage in an upward motion along the left side of your neck. Repeat on your right side.
Move to your ears
With two fingers, gently rub behind your earlobes.
Shift your gaze
Bring your hands to your chest, interlacing your fingers. Move your interlaced fingers behind your head keeping your head straight, but bring your gaze fully to the right. Maintain position until you experience a sensation of swallowing, a sigh or a yawn. Then repeat on the left side.
This simple technique is super soothing and helps you slip into a more relaxed state. Try before bed, or anytime you’re feeling stressed.