Signs that your Vagus nerve needs retuning
Your Vagus nerve regulates your vision, hearing, voice, facial expression, heart beat, breathing, digestion and gut health. Regulating all the organs of your body. Connecting your gut to your brain. It is part of your autonomic nervous system. Bringing you to rest, restore and revitalise after bouts of hyperactivity, a stressful event or traumatic experience. It restores the rhythm of your body. If you remain hypervigilant after the event, your Vagus nerve cannot restore homeostasis. Resulting in physiological and psychological signs of distress.
Signs of distress may include
Being on Autopilot
Hey there beautiful soul
Did you know that your body hears? That it stiffens at the slightest feeling of anticipation. Softens just by seeing a pleasant view. So subtle that your mind won't notice it. That stiffening and softening is felt in your fascia, your connective tissue. Resulting in aches, pains or inflammation under strain.
I'm Yasmin Lambat, the founder of SomaSensing. I'm a somatic movement therapist, fascia educator and trauma-sensitive coach
I spent most of my life searching for a feeling of inner ease, for contentment, for joy. I was always looking for ways to make me feel good. What I didn’t realise was that I really needed a way to heal my nervous system. I needed to heal from the underlying symptoms of trauma; anxiety, anger, resentment, frustration, overwhelm and pain. I found numbing ways to cope and exercise became my escape. I was moving my body but I was disconnected, disembodied.
Nothing truly worked. Until I discovered a somatic movement approach that connected me to my body. That was 15 years ago and since then I’ve devoted myself to learning and studying the connection between body and mind. Exploring movement and life from within my body, and allowing discomfort to be my guide, I was finally able to listen to my nervous system, experience inner ease and bounce back whenever life threw me off centre.
Being in my body helped me to appreciate the healing power of nature, how connecting with people and places calm me down.
My love of movement and my curiosity with healing body and mind led me to Yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais, and other somatic practices, Mindfulness and Embodiment. What I offer my clients is the experience of my own Embodiment journey combined with 15 years of formal training in Embodiment practices. I’m best known for working with the body as designed by nature. Helping my clients to unwind emotional patterns and repattern new pathways. Using the body’s own innate self-healing movement blueprints. Like pandiculation. That early morning urge to stretch and yawn. The Calm Response™ is another. A practice to help find the quiet within, a feeling of coming home to your body. There are other self-soothing, feel good, pain-relieving movements you can explore for body and mind.
What others say
Learning about the "calm response" is like a new discovery of a retreat, available to me any moment.
SomaSensing™ is no longer the RIGHT thing to do but is now the KINDEST thing I do for my body, physically, mentally and emotionally, restoring the equilibrium of body and spirit
Yasmin’s work has shown me how to find a little peace and freedom in the chaos of my busy life and overactive mind. By using her simple movement techniques, I now understand better how to ‘let go’ and connect with a place of calm and integrity within my being.
We are all searching for inner peace amongst the noise in life. Your sessions help me find the quiet within. Since meeting you my life has become a wonderful adventure and journey to enlightment.
This section will help you if you want to know more about how body therapy can help heal the mind.
How do I know if I have trauma?
Trauma is an overwhelming state that leads to nervous system dysregulation that shows up in the body as chronic pain, autoimmune responses like Fibromyalgia, heart palpitations, insomnia, or gut issues. SomaSensing regulates the nervous system the way nature intended. Without having to talk about it, find the underlying cause, or relive it.
What is Interoception?
Interoception is the way your nervous system sends you messages from within your body, telling you the true state of your mind and body from within. Sensations alerting you of distress can feel loud, like butterflies in your tummy, pounding heart, nausea, the urge to pee, hunger, craving, addiction or heart palpitations. Or feel subtle like discomfort, anticipation, apathy, tension, unease. SomaSensing practices help you find the quiet within. Showing you ways to calm the distress signals. To pause, tune in and listen from a place of calm. Helping you to self-regulate your nervous system.
Why Fascia Release?
How you think feel or move happens in your nervous system. Fascia is the largest and most sensitive sensory organ of your nervous system. Your body’s felt sense. It is embedded with an abundance of Interoceptors.
You could say that Fascia is another word for body.
Imagine your body is wrapped in layers of supple elastic from skin to bone. Pain, inflammation, tension or stiffness is a sign that the elastic has lost its vitality, it’s suppleness. A sign that the body is in distress. Now think about how your body relaxes in response to a gentle soothing touch. That’s the nerve endings in your Fascia responding, softening and melting to a light touch.
What makes Fascia your largest sensory organ is the abundance of super-sensitive nerve endings that respond to both feel-good and painful signals.
Fascia is your fabric of Embodiment, shaped by how you feel.
It provides the environment, for every living cell in the body. Muscles, nerves, veins, hormones and your immune system LIVE within the Fascia.
Fascia is bathed in a moisturising gel that provides plumpness, elasticity and suppleness. Loss of suppleness is linked to a sympathetic response. The nervous system under stress. A sign that you’re not ok. Resulting in symptoms that range from stiffness and discomfort to chronic pain, inflammation and autoimmune conditions like Arthritis and Fibromyalgia.
If there is stress in the Fascial tissue, it affects every other biological system in the body. Fascia-based soothing movements that calm the nervous system tap into the innate ability for your body to heal itself.