Can’t relax? Maybe it’s your vagus nerve.

vagus nerve, massage troy michigan, parasympathetic nervous systemThere seems to be a lot of buzz around the vagus nerve these days, but a lot of people don’t know what it is or the critical role it plays in the day to day. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered so settle in and take a journey on the wonder and complexity of one of the most fascinating pieces of the human body. (Seriously, it does a lot!)


First off, what is the vagus nerve anyway?

Also known as the tenth cranial nerve, the vagus nerve is not only the longest nerve in the body, but it’s an essential part of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and is responsible for controlling critical functions such as digestion, heart rate, respiration and more. The word ‘vagus’ is derived from the Latin word for “wandering”, because well, it wanders through the body.



Some functions of the vagus nerve include:


So the next time you find yourself over eating, or not being able to have a restful nights sleep, or you wake up and things hurt but you don’t know why, look at the big picture. Have you been under any extra stress? Have you been taking care of yourself by moving regularly, eating a balanced meal once in a while, getting regular bodywork sessions, managing your stress levels, practicing breathing, mindfulness, meditation or just simply putting your phone on Do Not Disturb for a few hours and staying away from the news for a couple of days? If not, it might be time to make some small changes that can add up to some big results.


Or if you’re like me and just want someone else to do something for once, book a session with us! Try the 15 minute stress/anxiety MPS session or the ultra relaxing 90 minute Escape and let us get you on the right track.



In Good Hands,
Rebecca Tamm, LMT

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