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How to stay healthy by toning your vagus nerve

I started being interested in the effects of the toning or stimulating the vagus nerve that could reduce stress and anxiety. The vagus nerve runs from the brain to the stomach and calms the nerves and balances the systems. I recently ran across an article in Medium explaining how the vagus nerve works and how it could help with Covid 19.
I would like to share it. Wishing you all a safe and peaceful 2022.

Information video on vagus nerve…

Activating the Vagus Nerve might Lower your Covid 19 risk

How Does CranioSacral Therapy relate to the Alexander Technique?

My clients often ask what is the difference between CranioSacral therapy and the Alexander Technique. I discovered CranioSacral therapy about 20 years ago. I had no clue about my body at the time and being still wasn’t something I felt was necessary, it wasn’t productive; and isn’t that how we show our value?

After several CranioSacral sessions I began to experience my body in very profound and subtle ways. I was  experiencing a state of meditation or stillness inspired by the listening, nurturing touch of the CranioSacral practitioner. I was releasing deeply held tension. I felt less anxious and stressed; and I was more present with my family and coworkers in my daily activities. I discovered stillness was productive!



As for the Alexander Technique, after experiencing the subtle qualities of stillness through my CranioSacral therapy, I could be more deeply aware of my daily activities. I felt CranioSacral was a very necessary resource to move from and then acknowledge my moving habits and how to change them with the Alexander Technique principles.

F. M. Alexander, founder of the Alexander Technique, referred to his work as psychophysical, and I feel that CranioSacral therapy enhances the psychological piece through stillness, and acts as a resource to enhance the reeducation of  the physical components of the Alexander Technique.



A great observation of the Alexander Technique at the Montana workshop:

Last spring when I was in Tucson I went to Gianna’s (my granddaughter) violin lesson. (she’s just beginning). She was “sawing” away at the song. Her teacher said “Operate the bow from your whole arm, not just from your elbow.” What a difference in sound. Sound went from flat to full. I took violin as a child and must have learned that because when playing her violin it was natural for me to bow with my whole arm.

I noticed Scott, also, when helping her with her lesson bowed from the elbow. When I pointed that out he immediately picked up on doing it differently – it was harder for Gianna to “get” the difference.

I would suppose a violinist who used the bow from the elbow would eventually develop an injury. In other words “tennis elbow”??

When we ask our body to perform an action w/o the full repertoire of joints and muscles and tendons intended to perform that action then we create wear and tear and eventually injury, I would guess. Very interesting.

Thank you for the class. It was enlightening. It’s very comforting being around you.

Cheryl C
Workshop participant in Montana last weekend.