The vagus nerve is the main component of the parasympathetic nervous system, which oversees a vast array of crucial bodily functions, including control of mood,immune response, digestion, breathing and move importantly..your heart rate.
It starts off one of the connections between the brain and the gastrointestinal tract and forwards information about the state of the inner organs to the brain.
It runs from the just below your brain down the face and thorax all the way to the abdomen.
The nervous system can be split into two areas: sympathetic and parasympathetic. The sympathetic side increases alertness, energy, blood pressure, heart rate, and the way we breathe.
The parasympathetic side, which the vagus nerve sits, decreases alertness, blood pressure, and heart rate, and helps with calmness, relaxation, and digestion.
Other vagus nerve benefits include:
When it comes to effective vagal manoeuvres, any type of deep, slow diaphragmatic breathing—during which you fill up the lower part of your lungs just by your belly button like a balloon...and then breathe out slowly—is going to engage your vagus nerve, activate your parasympathetic nervous system, and improve your heart rate.
Heart rate variability is the amount that the heart rate goes up and down in between a breath (when it naturally rises) and a breath out (when it naturally decreases). That is, heart rate rises when you breathe in and goes down when you breathe out, and the change between those two rates essentially measures vagal tone.
Athletes are known to have higher vagal tone, for example, where as people who experience extended periods of bed rest — and astronauts in no-gravity situations — are known to have lower vagal tone.
Vagus nerve stimulation has also been proposed as a way to treat addiction, some heavy drinkers, for instance, have low vagal tone.
Why not try and use MELO by placing it on your chest and feel the vibration flow through your body, remember to concentrate on the breathing patterns and don’t forget to relax.
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