Parasympathetic Nervous System Activation
Overview of the Parasympathetic and Sympathetic Nervous Systems
The Autonomic Nervous System has two parts: the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. These two structures represent polarities along the spectrum of change within the body. The diagram below shows the the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) in blue. The the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is in red. Notice that both are intimately connected to all areas of the body. In youth, the PNS dominates and the SNS only activates in cases were fight or flight is required. Usually the SNS effects are short lived in the body. But as one ages, the SNS becomes more active, and the PNS becomes less active.
Sympathetic Nervous System
The SNS handles the ‘fight, flight, or freeze’ response. When the SNS activates, the body creates neruochemicals associated with stress. These include acetylcholine, adrenaline, and cortisol, which stimulate an adrenergic response. Perspiration increases, pupils dilate, heart rate and blood pressure increases. One feels stressed.
Parasympathetic Nervous System
The PNS handles ‘rest and digest’ as well as ‘reproduce’ and, most importantly for us, ‘heal.’ When the PNS activates, the body produces oxytocin, serotonin, dopamine and various endorphins. Improved sleep, increased fertility, rejuvenation, and better digestion result. Balance the PNS and the SNS with the technique below. Your nervous system will reset to a condition associated with a robust, youthful physiology. Resetting the autonomic nervous system is a vital step in reversing the aging process.
Awakening the Parasympathetic Nervous System to Reduce Stress and Promote Healing
The Vagus Nerve
The vagus nerve connects the whole autonomic nervous system. This great nerve wanders through the body, connecting all the organs. (See diagram above.) Learn how to stimulate the vagus intelligently. Doing so will balance the autonomic nervous system, increasing PNS activity and promoting healing. Connection with the vagus nerve is a key to balancing the autonomic nervous system. The vagus nerve comes closest to the surface of the skin in the ear, as seen in the diagram below. It can also be ‘touched’ along the sides of the neck, and in the cavity behind the ear lobe.
Finger Chakras for Massage
There are energy centers (chakras) at the ends of each finger. The thumb and middle finger in particular, carry more energy than the other fingers. This is because meridians which run through the body come to an end in these fingers. Please see diagram below. So it is best to practice the following massage with these two fingers if you can.
How to Do the Massage
Also, without touching skin to skin, run the thumbs from below the adam’s apple to the cavity behind the earlobes. Very slowly and gently move the thumbs up and down to awaken the etheric level of the vagus nerve in the neck area. The vagus nerve is far away enough from the surface of the skin at this point, that there isn’t much purpose in trying to reach it with your finger. But the neck area is very responsive to energy to energy massage. This is why you should do the massage in this area with only the very lightest touch, or no touch at all. It is good to do the movement at least 11 times.
With the middle finger and thumb, massage the inner area of the ear (red area in diagram above.) If you touch skin to skin, this will activate the PNS in a direct and very physical manner. If you do not touch skin to skin, but keep the finger a little away from the actual ear, you will be massaging energy to energy. Both methods are very valuable and will promote a range of beneficial effects.
This technology is very powerful. The ear massage can put you into a state of deep rest and healing. It is best to do the massage at a time when you can rest, and do not need to focus. The massage doesn’t need to take very long, but you will find that it is transforming. Most people notice a restructuring and improvement in their sleep after practicing this massage for a week or so. On that note, doing the massage before bed will promote faster, deeper sleep. For more tips on getting a good night’s rest please see my free offering for Heavenly Rest.