A simple guide to the Vagus Nerve

The word Vagus is Latin for “wandering” and the vagus nerve connects the brain stem to the body. It is in effect wandering from the base of the skull all the way down the body to the gut. As it makes it’s journey through the body it is constantly monitoring and receiving information about how the body is functioning and it relays this information back to the brain. In turn the brain is also communicating it’s own information to the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve connects with virtually every organ in the body starting with the pharynx (throat) and ending at the small intestine?. It is connecting the neck, the heart, the lungs and gut and continually sending important information back to the brain about how the various organs are operating. When the (ventral) vagus nerve is operating optimally it will help lower the heart rate and blood pressure, encourage
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A Hypnotherapy Session

Hypnotherapy session? – what can I expect? What defines good therapy? How professional is it? Will it do what I want? And will it need lots of appointments? All good questions and here are some answers. My work is based on how we can easily and effectively adjust our thoughts, feelings and experiences in a healthy way every day of our lives. It’s very hard for us to turn around such feelings as panic, stress and anxiety by thinking our way out of them. Our body chemistry is programmed to look out for danger 24/7 as we would if we were in the jungle and although we are not in that primal jungle now we are still hard wired to react as if we were. So the question is how do I adjust billions of neurons in my brain so that I can change my feelings and experiences in a
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How many times a day do you go “Phew”!

Probably a lot more than you think. If we ask people “how are you?” they may well say “phew” I’m just so busy”. I teach the “Phew” breath to virtually all my hypnotherapy clients. Having said that I don’t really  teach it rather I bring it to their attention since we are doing it all day without noticing. It is an automatic body and mind reset. During my hypnotherapy sessions I use this to help clients stop smoking and I demonstrate it as the “Magic Breath”. Every time cigarette smokers take an inhale from a cigarette they will unconsciously blow the smoke out with a “phew”. So why not engage this automatic response into your daily life and take a “Few Phew Breaths” anytime you feel stress or anxiety however large or small? Smokers do this all the time but they have to pay for it! For more information on
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Why do people who whistle or hum all day always seem to be happy?

Here’s a question. Why do people who whistle or hum all day always seem to be happy? Well, people who whistle or hum all day may seem irritating but they are actually toning their vagus nerve and putting their body into a relaxed parasympathetic state. And that’s exactly why they always seem to be happy! I always encourage clients to do some singing, humming, because this not only exercises the voice but sends these vibrations through the body, toning the vagus nerve and helping us feel physically and emotionally relaxed. One of the exercises I use is to hum along to a favorite song or a “warm up for singers” such as the one I’ve put at the end of this post. Just a couple of minutes singing or humming while doing other things about the home can make a significant difference to how you feel for the rest of
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Why might we have “burgers for brains!” ?

Eating burgers for your brain is no better than eating burgers for your body. Burgers for brains? What on earth am I talking about? Well probably most of us are guilty of doing exactly that with our choice of words. And whoops, I’ve just done exactly that in the previous sentence by using the word guilty. Oh dear, there I go again! Yes the word is GUILTY ! Everything we say about ourselves and others is being monitored by our brain and nervous system. The title of the excellent book “Your body believes every word you say” by Barbara Levine describes it perfectly. Our bodies and brains are constantly exchanging messages to alert and signal to our body chemistry to take the appropriate action for a positive message or a negative message. This is a primal response that is hard wired into the system to keep us safe when we’re
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What I really do in a hypnotherapy session and what I really don’t do!

Just a few words to tell you one or two things about the work I do and what I don’t do. So let’s start  first with what I don’t do.  I don’t do one stop, close your eyes, snap my fingers change…why? Because I want to be sure the  changes we make will last. I don’t do hypnosis tricks such as making clients forget their name. However I do give my clients  hypnotic words and phrases, ideas and valuable understandings that can really help improve the  quality of their experiences on a daily basis. I do therapy that works, trance that works, hypnosis that works, Neuro Linguistic Programming,  Emotional Freedom Technique and Eye Movement reprocessing. These are techniques that work. I encourage all my clients to take the information we work on in each session and practise it at  home to help them improve the present and the future for
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Could breathing and looking be among the most important things to improve in our lives?

What have you been doing all day? Looking where you are going I presume. What have you been doing all day and all night? Breathing I hope. Looking and breathing are fundamental to our lives yet it is very easy to take them for granted. Think about it, if we aren’t “looking in the right place” and not breathing efficiently then we are spending a large part of our lives running our physical and mental systems inefficiently. This can lead to physical and mental issues, less control over our daily experiences and less pleasure and fulfillment in our daily lives. In my hypnotherapy, EFT and holistic therapy sessions these areas are two of the most important starting points and foundations for helping clients heal on any level. For instance, using our peripheral vision helps us engage our vagus nerve and the parasympathetic relaxation part of our autonomic nervous system. However,
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