IBS and other gut disorders can have many triggers – stress being at the top of the list! The connection between the mind and gut (which is also called your second brain) is powerful, as when your body goes into fight or flight mode it inhibits your digestive system and vagus nerve.
The vagus nerve is the longest cranial nerve that extends all the way to the abdomen. It innervates the major organs, including the gut, and an underactive vagus nerve can interfere with gut motility. Calming your vagus nerve and reducing stress levels can allow your body to shift from fight or flight to rest and digest mode, which can help to restore healthy gut function.
I encourage you to join me in this guided connection which focuses on the vagus nerve, and also mobility of the neck (cervical vertebrae).
This 15-minute exercise is designed to increase mobility and circulation in the neck, and improve the tone of the vagus nerve. Don’t be surprised if it shifts you into a state of calm openness, and decreases anxiety!
“OMG – all I remember is waking early hours of the morning and taking my headphones off, rolling over and going straight back to sleep. I have not slept so soundly for YEARS, almost like I was the only person in the world. No racing thoughts, no thoughts of what I had to do the next day, I put you on my headphones and I think maybe 20 mins in – I was out… “ – I.G.
You can also find my entire collection of healing sessions and guided meditations HERE.