How Hypnotherapy and Emotional Freedom Technique can help stimulate the vagus nerve

Hypnotherapy and EFT

Vagus in Latin means wandering and the vagus nerve is the body’s 10th cranial nerve. It runs from the brain down the body connecting with virtually all the organs from the larynx to the digestive tract. It helps regulate our breathing, our heart rate, blood pressure and digestive system. Even our voice and hearing.

The vagus nerve has a profound effect on the body helping calm us by engaging the parasympathetic (relaxation) part of our nervous system. It is interesting that until the research by Stephen Porges the vagus was almost like the forgotten nerve in the body which seems quite remarkable since it has such an effect on our everyday life.

In a medical environment the vagus nerve can be stimulated with mild pulses of electricity to help with epilepsy and major depression. However we can all stimulate the vagus in a healthy way using very simple everyday exercises without any medical intervention.

Modalities such as Hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique and Yoga all help activate the relaxation ability of the vagus. When we are in relaxation with hypnosis we are helping to engage the part of the vagus nerve which can switch off the “Fight and Flight” response. This helps return mind and body to a state of safety. We then feel ready and comfortable to re-engage fully and naturally in our lives and with the people around us.

This is why Porges calls it the “social engagement” nerve. We don’t want to be stuck in our primal brain all day looking out for danger. Healthy communication engages our ”happy” body chemicals such as endorphins and oxytocin rather than adrenaline and cortisol.

Interestingly our voice can also change and develop a more relaxed and resonant frequency in this state. Working with clients in a therapy session I often hear the change and so can they. This change is important for our confidence and when our voice is resonating and relaxed this extra resonance will feed back to us and give us more confidence. Extremely valuable if we are giving a wedding speech or a work presentation.
Many people look for hypnosis for help giving a speech which is not surprising since it ranks as the number one phobia)

A toned vagus nerve will adjust our hearing to relax and filter out the “danger” frequencies so that we can “leave the jungle” response where we would need to be on constant alert. (No need to worry though, your “fight and flight” system will always switch on instantly if required) We just don’t want it switched on all the time.

We can easily tone or engage the vagus nerve by using such simple exercises as humming or singing, diaphragm breathing, yoga and dancing. Healthy and rewarding social relationships also contribute to our everyday life satisfaction and that is the vagus nerve at work.

If you would like to find out how you can use a few of these simple techniques there are short videos below.

Hypnotherapy help for autoimmune diseases

Autoimmune Diseases

When I am working with a client with an autoimmune issue the first thing I would ask is “have you been given a medical opinion?” It is extremely important from a professional stand point, for the client and their Doctor to know that they are taking medical advice.

However although autoimmune diseases will show in bodily symptoms there is often much beneath the surface that cannot be pinpointed by an xray or resolved by drugs. So what else could be below the surface that is triggering the event?

It is becoming more and more recognised that these physical symptoms can have their roots and origin in past trauma. The acronym ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences and it has been shown that a large majority of people suffering from illness such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, dystonia and many more will have had experience of abuse, neglect or difficult childhood. Also a lot of us at some point in our lives will also have experienced traumas such as a car accident, losing a loved one, having an operation that we may seem to have recovered from but without necessarily being aware of the emotional scars that may still be there.

To help the body heal the mind must also heal and hypnotherapy is an empowering route to help release past traumas, disappointments and negative experiences.

We are rapidly beginning to realise just how intertwined the body and mind are and to treat one without the other will not always complete the healing process. If we have a broken leg then that can be fixed with a standard operation but autoimmune diseases can have their roots in places we may never have looked at for a long time.

Hypnosis could be described as the royal route to the mind. It can help release issues that we remember and issues that we could not remember. For instance our DNA is passed on genetically through our parents and their parents. But with the right tools the unconscious mind can release negative conscious and unconscious material in a safe way. Then the healing can begin to take place.

Healers, therapists and medical professionals are beginning to realise that one of the underlying reasons for our Dis Ease is in our minds and our bodies.

So things are not “all in the body” or “all in the mind” but they are all connected and in fact communicating with one another.

Do you struggle with imposter syndrome?

Imposter Syndrome

How Hypnotherapy can help imposter syndrome

Although the term imposter syndrome sounds like the title of a Netflix movie it certainly does not bring anything like that to mind if you are someone that suffers with it.

Imposter syndrome is a state of mind where people don’t believe that the talents and abilities they have are real, that they are a fraud and will get caught out sooner or later. However skilled they are at their job, however high their celebrity status they feel that they are an imposter who will soon be exposed for the inadequacy of their knowledge and abilities. This is a psychological phenomenon that has no grounding in the reality. In fact we all know of people who may be totally unaware of the inadequacy of their skills yet have no idea that this is the case.

High profile personalities such as Kate Winslett, Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama have all admitted to suffering from imposter syndrome and I have worked with very successful business people who, however far up the ladder they may climb always have the feeling that they will be “found out”.

Low self esteem and high anxiety are just two of the symptoms and we all know how uncomfortable it must be to live with those feelings following one around all day.

However it is not necessarily a difficult issue to release with the right treatment. As I often say telling ourselves to “feel good”, “snap out of it” really doesn’t work since our cognitive mind won’t readily accept the message. Using the unconscious creative mind is much simpler and very effective.

What are the best ways to engage the unconscious mind? Hypnotherapy and Emotional Freedom Technique are two of the best tools I know to help release messages that have been lodged in our psyche and seem to be immune to whatever we throw at them. Since these thoughts were seeded in the mind unconsciously it makes sense to use the unconscious to “unseed” them.

Hypnosis helps quieten the conscious allowing it to step aside and let the mind create the new scenarios and feelings that we would like to experience and deserve. EFT can rapidly put us into “free association” where we can channel and get in touch with the true feelings of self esteem and worth that we deserve. No need for 5 years on the psychiatrist’s couch when this can successfully be turned around in two or three sessions.