During this time of great collective upheaval, our sympathetic nervous systems – or the system that triggers our fight-or-flight response – have been on overdrive. If left unbalanced, this can lead to excess adrenaline pumping throughout our bodies, which accelerates heart and breath rates, slows down digestion, and causes blood vessels and muscles to constrict. Because of this, it’s more important than ever to focus on fortifying and supporting our parasympathetic nervous systems – or the system responsible for bringing our body back to calm or homeostasis. One easy way to do this? Vagus nerve massage!
Have you heard of the vagus nerve before? It’s the longest-running and most complex cranial nerve in your body, it runs all the way from your brain stem down to your gut, and, most importantly: it’s responsible for activating your body’s relaxation response and regulating stress.
This gorgeously scented, uplifting, and soothing oil is designed to accompany your daily vagal nerve massage practice, induce a meditative state of consciousness, and promote relaxation and overall wellness. This is a Spruce staff favorite!
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Step 1: Dispense a pump or two of Vagus Nerve Oil into hands and rub together.
Step 2: Cup your hands under your nose and inhale deeply.
Step 3:Gentle massage in a circular motion along both sides of your neck.
Step 4: Gently rub behind your earlobes.
Step 5: Clasp hands behind head, look straight ahead, take a deep breath, and exhale slowly as you look as far to the right as possible without moving your head. Stay here, breathing slowly, until you experience a yawning sensation.
Step 6: Repeat on the left side.
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