Ear Massage for Vagus Nerve Stimulation

Research has shown that stimulating the vagus nerve can have a profound impact on our wellness. Stimulating the vagus nerve can help balance the autonomic nervous system, promoting parasympathetic (rest-and-digest) activity.

One way to stimulate the vagus nerve is through ear massage. When the vagus nerve is stimulated through ear massage, it can trigger a relaxation response in the body. This response is characterized by a decrease in heart rate, blood pressure, and stress levels. It can also promote better digestion, reduce inflammation, and improve mood.

Ear massage involves applying gentle pressure, gentle pulling, and circular motions to specific points on ear. Key target areas include:

Tragus: The small, pointed projection in front of the ear canal.
Cymba Conchae: The upper part of the ear’s concha, which is the hollow next to the ear canal.
Ear Canal: The passage leading from the outer ear to the eardrum.

Massage each target area for 1-2 minutes, repeating the process several times if desired. Note that there is no wrong way to do this. Personally, I find a gentle pulling or tugging motion through the outer perimeter of the ear to feel relaxing.

You can perform ear massage once or twice daily, or as needed for relaxation and stress relief.

This is an easy and safe technique that you can do to leverage the therapeutic potential of vagus nerve stimulation.

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