Are gut issues or mood disorders, like anxiety frustration getting you down? Are end of year deadlines leaving your body feeling tense, your mind stressed, and overwhelmed?
Then this video is for you.
In this video, I cover:
✅ Why are your vagal nerve and triple heater meridian, like wizards?
✅ Why is this important for your digestive issues or mood disorders?
✅ One exercise you can use to ease your digestive issues or emotions like anxiety or frustration
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Here it is…
Are gut issues or mood disorders, like anxiety, frustration, getting you down? Are end-of-year deadlines leaving your body feeling tense, your mind stressed, and overwhelmed?
You know, I was speaking with a client just yesterday, and she, like many of us at this time of the year, she’s been managing work and family commitments all year through. It’s been running her ragged. And as we draw closer to the end of the year, even more so. As we attempt to tidy up our projects, in a nice neat little bow. All neat and tidy, and all wrapped up. You know this can take a toll on our autonomic nervous system, and lead to things like digestive issues, heart problems, immune system dysfunction, mood disorders, and more.
Hi, I’m Sarah Gowan massage and cranio-sacral therapist at BlossomingMe. Today I want to share some insights about your autonomic nervous system, and why it’s important to de-stress it, some ways that you can calm it down for yourself.
The Autonomic Nervous System
See the autonomic nervous system is responsible for regulating various involuntary body functions. Things like our heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, and our stress response. It consists of two main branches. The sympathetic nervous system. That’s in charge of our fight-flight-freeze response. And the parasympathetic. This one is responsible for our rest-and-digest, or rest-and-repair, that part of our autonomic nervous system. And during extended times of stress and Trauma, the balance between these two branches can get disrupted. And we can get stuck in a persistent activation of our sympathetic nervous system. That fight-flight-freeze one.
Impact of the Vagus Nerve and the Triple Heater Meridian, on Our Nervous System
See both the vagas nerve in Western medicine, as well as the triple heater meridian channel, in traditional Chinese medicine, they play a crucial role in the balance of those two elements of our autonomic nervous system. And this affects our ability to deal with stress, our capacity to release Trauma from our body, as well as our general overall well-being.
The vagus nerve, also known as the 10th cranial nerve, is a major component of our parasympathetic nervous system. The vagas nerve is the longest nerve in our body, and it winds its way down from our brain stem, in the middle of our brain, all the way to the colon, at the end of our digestive system. Its many branches innovate various organs throughout our body. As a result, it affects many of our body’s major functions and plays a crucial role in regulating them. Things like our heart rate, breathing, immune system, and our digestion.
As we’ve discussed before, the triple heater meridian channel in traditional Chinese medicine is one of the meridians in the fire element. That also includes our heart, small intestine, and pericardium meridians. As such, it’s one of the pathways that energy travels throughout our body. As a fire meridian itself, it’s most effective, as well as most vulnerable, during the season of summer. The triple heater meridian channel helps us to balance our nervous system but from the other side. It’s actually in charge of the sympathetic nervous system. Remember, that fight-flight-freeze response? The triple heater works like a thermostat, see it regulates the heat throughout our body. As its name suggests, it regulates heat across three areas of our torso. The upper, the middle, and the lower sections. Each one in a different way. So respiration, in the upper section. Assimilation, that’s our digestion of course, in the middle. And elimination in the lower section of our body. Like the vagas nerve, this broad area gives the triple heater the ability to affect important glands, including our thyroid, thymus, and adrenal glands. And can impact fundamental functions in our body. Such as our immune system, our ability to manage stress, and our metabolism.
When They Are Activated and When They Are Dysfunctioning
The activation of the vagus nerve can promote relaxation. It can decrease our heart rate, and increase our ability to digest and absorb nutrients, as well as improve our immune function. The dysfunction on the other hand, of the vagus nerve, can lead to symptoms such as digestive issues, heart problems, immune system dysfunction, excess heat and cold, as well as hormonal imbalances. Emotionally, you might find yourself struggling with the balance between your professional and personal lives. And that can lead to a sense of overwhelm and a lack of direction.
Likewise, it won’t surprise you then, that the activation of the triple heer meridian, and also the imbalance in the triple heater meridian, can have very similar effects. By activating either the triple heater meridian channel or the vagus nerve itself, we can bring both aspects of the nervous system back into balance. This can help us decrease stress and overwhelm, as well as gut disorders.
Why the Throat?
The throat then, is an area where both the vagus nerve and the triple heater meridian can be reached and activated, at the same time, together. The triple heater meridian runs, as I said, from the eyebrow, through the neck and shoulders, down to the tip of our fourth finger, or our ring finger. The vagus nerve runs between our brainstem and our colon. Both go through the neck.
This narrow area of our body focuses around communication. Both our external expression and connection with other people, also between our own mind and body. This can also reflect in our conscious and unconscious minds. This [the neck] then, is the perfect place to reach both of them, and tap into the power of both Western and Eastern healing modalities, to settle and balance your nervous system.
Some How To’s:
This exercise, is one that can bring both of them into balance.
So I invite you to rub your hands together, [and] shake off the energy. And then place one hand flat on your neck, to connect with both of these systems. The other hand can sit on your shoulder, or your elbow. And here, connect with the triple heater meridian. In either place.
I invite you, in this position then, to take three deep breaths. In through your nose, and out through your mouth. You can enhance this with a sigh, as you breathe out through your mouth. So in, and again out. And the third one, in, and out.
This second hand can sit, as I said, on your shoulder, or your elbow, and still be in connection with the triple heater meridian channel. It can move to your heart, as well. Another meridian in the fire element. Or just under your belly, bringing the chakra system energy with it. Try one, and see how your body responds.
Balancing the triple heater meridian, and optimising the function of the vagus nerve, can have a profound impact on our stress levels, and our ability to manage stress. As well as the release of Trauma from our body. This balanced flow of energy supports our body’s natural capacity to adapt to varying elements in the environment around us, it can result in better ability to control our temperature, as well as improved energy levels in our body, and an enhanced sense of well-being and vitality.
So I invite you, if you enjoyed today, please comment belo, ask any questions. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Like and share it with your friends.
If you got value from today’s video, we’d love to know what’s troubling you, so that in our next videos we can incorporate answers to those challenges as well.
Till then, have a wonderful end of your year, and happy new year.
Till then, namaste.
ps. To help you even more, I’ve just written a Cheat Sheets series which includes tips to help you clear: stomach upsets, digestive issues, and emotions like anxiety and frustration. Including 3 more exercises to help you balance your “triple heater” meridian channel, settle your vagus nerve and reduce chronic stress and small-t trauma affecting your body.
About Blossoming Me
BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage.
Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.
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