Post COVID Vaccine Protocol: At-Home Treatments to Hijack Exhaustion, Nausea, Pain and More…
DISCLAIMER: CONSULT WITH A DOCTOR BEFORE DECIDING ON A TREATMENT PLAN FOR ANY DISEASE OR INJURY.
One of the most fascinating things about humans and human health is the fact that our minds have an impact on our bodies. As I begin this article about COVID, Post-COVID Vaccine Syndrome, and Long COVID, I feel like I need to apologize for this introductory statement about the mind and its power to either overcome disease or to threaten human health. Or that I need to qualify this statement in some way with facts that will be able to overpower the unfortunate belief in conventional medicine that something that exists in the mind should not have power over the body. It is also unfortunate that the medical system is designed in a manner that views mental or emotional experience/illness as less important than physical experience/illness. It is sad that doctors are taught to disregard anyone who seems to have a connection between their mind and their body to produce symptoms that obviously connect mind and body. Patients are taught to feel embarrassed about the connection between mind and body. In research, such a connection is regarded as a mistake and labeled “the placebo effect” even though about 70% of patients will heal from the placebo effect alone.
Why aren’t more of us interested in this “placebo effect” wherein the mind heals the body?
As someone with a Master’s degree and numerous advanced-level certifications in psychology, but with an undergraduate degree in biology and a work history mostly in medical settings from hospitals to forensics departments, I can say that the crossover of mind to body and body to mind is substantial and important. It’s an area that’s worth exploring with greater interest and less shame and embarrassment than what we’ve all been taught to have in regard to disease. There is no line in the sand between mental health and physical health. The line is a mental construct (as psychologists would say) that has been created by the medical industry. It is not real. But it’s ironic, (isn’t it?) that we all believe that it’s real.
So, for the rest of this article, I’m going to explore this No Man’s Land between mind and body. I’m going to reference material that’s been set forth by knowledgeable experts on anatomy and physiology (chiropractors, for example) and knowledgeable experts who work mostly with minds (hypnotherapists and psychologists). And I’ll reference scientific research too to substantiate my thoughts on Long COVID, Post-COVID Vaccine Syndrome, and acute COVID-19 infections too. But these ideas that I’m going to present here also pertain to some extent to a variety of other major illnesses including cancer, autism, fibromyalgia, diabetes, and HIV.
The Vagus Nerve: Long COVID and Post COVID Vaccine Exercise Basics
Hundreds of years ago, our people and your people–all people from every race and every tribe on earth–had a system of medicine wherein there was a medicine man or a medicine woman who provided care for the familial group or tribe. This medicine man or medicine woman may have been good at his or her profession. Or he/she may have been terrible at it. Nonetheless, the tribe depended on this person for healing. And this medicine man or woman also depended on the tribe.
This natural dependency of the medicine man/woman on the tribe and the tribe’s dependency on the medicine man/woman was a social currency that kept the system fair even without an exchange of money between tribal members and the medicine-giver. This social currency, which motivated the medicine man/woman to heal the members of the tribe and which motivated the tribe to provide proper care and resources to the medicine man/woman no longer exists in modern society. And the COVID pandemic has definitely highlighted the problem of selling medicine and how easy it is to sell fear as a part of that package.
Some time after tribal society had dissolved in Europe and civilization had taken shape, a financial system was developed that mostly viewed the nuclear and extended family as a business. The family unit was responsible for producing honest goods and services. If the family (or one member of a family) cheated society, the entire family suffered for the wrong-doing. As such, families put pressure on their members to behave themselves. Often (but not always), women played the role of policing men’s behaviors in business and finance.
But sometime in the 1800’s, leaders realized that if they could divorce business from the family and create a separate entity called a corporation (the prefix corp meaning “body”), the family and its members would no longer be required to behave themselves. The corporation could profit even if it cheated people (as long as they didn’t get caught). People would have to bring the corporation to a court to receive a final judgment and the court would decide how society should view the behavior. Women, for the most part, were thus removed from the process of policing morality. The concept of “cheating” would, as such, be judged by courts of law rather than being judged by family members as to whether they were right or wrong.
Recently, a new idea has evolved to try to mitigate the development of social anger regarding a lack of social responsibility by corporations. Big corporations offer up tokens of “social responsibility” in exchange for socially damaging and irresponsible behaviors. Often, these corporations spend more on advertising their social responsibility to the masses than they do on the socially responsible behaviors that are supposed to balance the damage they’re causing to the world and to society.
These are heavy thoughts and people tend to have strong feelings about them. But I think the story of how we got to this place and time in history is important. Many people have argued that we need to revert to a tribal way of life, for example, as a way of healing the world. But I disagree with that. One documentary called First Contact, captured the first contact that a tribal society made with the rest of the world. Members of this tribal society were quite excited about flip flops and shoes. Humans have made some amazing discoveries and inventions (like shoes) over the course of centuries and our ability to communicate with other people in the world makes it possible for these inventions and discoveries to produce beneficial results for all of humanity. Of course, today, many inventions and discoveries that would be beneficial to humanity are squelched in favor of inventions and discoveries that would benefit the corporation and its members. But I believe in evolution and moving forward instead of backward, if possible. We need to learn how to use the technologies we’ve created responsibly within the family unit.
I hesitate to say this because so many people today are estranged from family. I include myself in this lot. I have very little contact and very distant relationships with my extended family members. Most of us in the western world have been taught to pay attention to ourselves and be ruthlessly independent. Social media has played a role in this reality. And a wide variety of other social problems also contribute to it. Which is not to say that collectivism is the answer. Rather, I’m arguing for a middle way between total estrangement from family and new family ideals in the families that we build in the future…
Nonetheless, balance is key, which brings me to the Vagus Nerve.
What is the Vagus Nerve?
The Vagus Nerve is also known as the 10th Cranial Nerve and it emerges from the brainstem. It is a vital part of the Autonomic Nervous System.
Normally, the second I say the word autonomic, I lose people. This word, which is not really used outside of medicine and it is totally alienating to normal people who have never studied medicine. So let me just explain this word and dear reader, you can just passively let the information soak in if you’d like. There’s no memorization necessary. When I’m finished, you and your Autonomic Nervous System will make better sense to each other.
What is the Autonomic Nervous System?
The word autonomic sounds similar to the word automatic. And they are related words. Indeed, if the word automatic is comfortable to you and you’d like use this word to make sense of the autonomic nervous system, that’s cool. The word automatic captures the idea that this part of the human nervous system works without conscious control. It does it’s job somewhat automatically, but you might also think of the autonomic nervous system as autonomous. It is an independent thing, with it’s own mind (so to speak). It is, for the most part, a totally separate nervous system that doesn’t need input from your conscious thoughts or the higher brain centers in order to function.
But the Autonomic Nervous System doesn’t need your conscious thoughts to function. You can sometimes override the automatic, autonomous function of the autonomic nervous system to take over some function in your body consciously. Breathing is a great example of this.
The autonomic nervous system does many things, but it is divided essentially (according to current scientific research) into 3 branches: the sympathetic branch, and two branches of the parasympathetic nervous system including the dorsal parasympathetic branch and the ventral parasympathetic branch. Again, I’m aware that these words are totally alienating to readers so let’s label with names that are easier to use and to remember:
- The Sympathetic Nervous System – Let’s call this branch of the Autonomic Nervous System the Fight-or-Flight System. Most people have heard of the fight-or-flight response where the body can mobilize all of its energy and resources when provoked by stress or danger to accomplish superhuman things. At lower levels of stress, the Fight-or-Flight System also clicks on to gently (or forcibly) manage whatever internal or external stressor that needs our attention. The Fight-or-Flight System is all about mobilization under conditions that involve stress, fear, and / or danger. Chronic pain without a known “physical” cause is often caused by a chronic, low-level activation of the Fight-or-Flight system without periods of resting and digesting. Another way to look at chronic pain is that it occurs when strong emotions of fear/trauma occur wherein the body cannot mobilize because it isn’t socially acceptable to do so. In this case, the trauma can get stuck in the body, so to speak.
The sympathetic nervous system runs along the same course as our blood vessels. It manages our body temperature and it makes sure that blood vessels widen at the surface of the skin when it’s hot outside and that the blood vessels get smaller at the surface of the skin when it’s cold. It diverts blood flow by widening blood vessels or making them smaller in response to the environment.
- The Parasympathetic Nervous System – Let’s call this branch of the Autonomic Nervous System the Rest-and-Digest System. The major player in both branches of the Rest-and-Digest System is the Vagus Nerve. This is the branch of the nervous system that takes over when the Fight-or-Flight System shuts down. It clicks on when conditions seem to warrant immobilization, but there are two different branches of the Rest-and-Digest System that will take over depending primarily on whether a person is experiencing fear due to a real threat or a threat that is perceived as real or not.
- Dorsal Parasympathetic Branch – The Dorsal Parasympathetic Branch travels down from the brain stem into the gut to supply nerves to the organs. Let’s call it the Dormancy Branch that manages differing levels of dormancy from sitting on the couch alone watching TV to comatose states. Though this branch is a part of the Rest-and-Digest System that deals exclusively with immobilization, the Dormancy Branch may click on either partially or completely in response to extreme danger. For example, it is the dormancy branch that clicks on when a gazelle is running from a lion and it suddenly gets captured and goes totally limp as an automatic response (which sometimes results in its release). Refugee children in Sweden who receive news that their families are being sent home into conditions of war or violence sometimes fall into comatose states for years. This is called “Resignation Syndrome” and Dr. Robert Naviaux has noted the relationship between children who go into a comatose state like this and autism, which appears to be a partial Dormancy state brought on by vaccination. Depression is also considered a Dormancy state caused by chronic activation of the Dormancy Branch, but there are many disease labels around the symptoms caused by a chronic activation of the Dormancy Branch.
- Ventral Parasympathetic Branch – The Ventral Parasympathetic Branch is another branch of the Vagus Nerve that primarily clicks on during moments of relaxation and socialization. Let’s call it the Socialization and Processing Branch. Socialization is only possible when a person is not sensing danger or experiencing a strong fear response. Indeed, socialization is the key activity that helps humans sort through their daily experience to decide what events are truly worthy of a fight-or-flight response and which ones are not. Without socialization, unreal fears can start to seem real. Fear itself, real or not, can become traumatizing without socialization to balance the autonomic nervous system response. Getting the Socializing and Processing Branch of the Rest and Digest System to click on when you’re experiencing symptoms of Autonomic Nervous System dysfunction is the goal of Long COVID and Post COVID Vaccine treatments that you can do at home.
The Polyvagal Theory
The Polyvagal Theory is a recent development. Before Stephen Porges set forth this theory, everyone thought that the autonomic nervous system was responsible for either resting/digesting or fighting/fleeing. Everyone thought there was just one branch of the Vagus Nerve. No one knew about things like Resignation Syndrome and autism was thought to be caused by a genetic problem. According to these early theories around the Autonomic Nervous System, everyone believed that our bodies could either be resting/digesting or fighting/fleeing and that these states existed along a continuum. A balance of these two orientations toward the world was ideal with time spent in a state of stress offset by periods of rest. But the Polyvagal Theory, which was developed before COVID, acknowledges a third state: socialization.
And the Polyvagal Theory also acknowledges an extreme and opposite response to danger that does not involve superhuman strength or the ability to live a car off a child trapped underneath it. According to the Polyvagal Theory, a common response to real or perceived danger is the Play Dead response where the body either completely or partially shuts down. A complete shut down is a comatose state, but partial shut downs may look like Autism or autoimmune dysfunction, depression, or fibromyalgia (to name just a few examples).
The socialization state hijacks the stressed out fight or flight state. And it also hijacks a partial or complete Play Dead state. Socialization, as such, is a key to balance and well-being.
It isn’t hard to see, with these facts in mind, how lockdowns and forced isolation leads people to develop problems like Long COVID or Post COVID Vaccine symptoms. Which COVID-19 as an infection is an actual physical disease caused by an infection, Long COVID and Post COVID Vaccine symptoms may be, at least in part, caused by a lack of socialization as well as extreme stress and a feeling of total hopelessness. Again, I have to reference the refugee children in Sweden who fall into a coma when they lose hope. Conventional medicine wants nothing to do with this information because it challenges their entire system. But I used the information I’m presenting here about the Autonomic Nervous System to heal from Long COVID myself. I used this information to get my family through Long COVID within about 8 to 10 weeks. It was important to understand that I was working with a series of opposites and the part of the nervous system that clicks on and off in response to varying levels of fear and mobilization.
Post COVID Vaccine Protocol: Working with Nerves and Working with Cells
There are different ways to think about and to view Post COVID Vaccine Syndrome. In medicine, you can look at the human body as a whole thing from the outside. Or you can divide the body into systems. Some models of medicine like Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at the body in “segments” that follow “meridians” instead of organizing it according to the systems that westerners are familiar with. It’s possible to look at tissues and say that a certain type of tissue is diseased. But it’s also possible to zoom in and look at human cells and treat disease at the cellular level.
So when we think about the symptoms of Post COVID Vaccine Syndrome, we’re looking at the body from different angles and we use different models, zooming in to look at cells at times and zooming out to look at the nervous system at other times. Incidentally, the Autonomic Nervous System roughly corresponds to the meridians used by acupuncturists to keep energy flowing normally through the body. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine has been around for thousands of years treating patients for illnesses that never received a name or a diagnosis. Acupuncture, after all, does not acknowledge or utilize the same labels that are haphazardly applied to patients in western medicine.
Some readers may feel like it would be best to work with their autonomic Nervous System because they can visualize this system of nerves. Others may wish to work with their symptoms by taking medicines like Pine Needle Essential Oil to encourage cells to come out of the dormancy state.
My main point that I want to make here is that, if you’re doing exercises geared toward your Autonomic Nervous System to rebalance the Fight-or-Flight System with the two branches of the Rest-and-Digest system and you hit a road block and stop making process, consider switching to cellular treatments or other models of Post-COVID Vaccine Syndrome to keep moving forward.
The human race has a unique opportunity to break the shackles of conventional medicine and push into unexplored domains that offer actual cures for disease. This opportunity did not exist prior to the COVID pandemic. Big Pharma, after all, and anyone who is making a big profit off of the fact that patients know very little about how to treat themselves for major or minor disease states have no motivation to change the system or to take medicine to the next level. But patients are becoming more and more desperate to know how to cure themselves. And what they’re discovering is that it IS possible to heal from Long COVID and Post COVID Vaccine symptoms. In fact, the whole idea that the body cannot heal itself is something that was fabricated by Big Pharma to keep patients from discovering their own potential to heal.
Long COVID and Post COVID Vaccine Anxiety: The Role of Fear in Perpetuating Symptoms and How to Regain Control
I know it isn’t politically correct to talk about emotions and physical health in the same paragraph, but there are some important facts about our Autonomic Nervous System that would be beneficial for people in taking conscious control over their health.
I like to compare healing to breath. Every person has a unique breathing pattern and a unique heartbeat. And every emotion requires a specific breath pattern in order to take shape and/or release. Breath is an amazing thing. It is the only thing that we can’t live without for more than a few minutes. Breath is our tether to life. Yet, we rarely have to think about breath. But we can think about breath if we want to. We can take control of our own breath. And when we control our breath, we control our life.
This statement is true on many levels. It is true physically in that the breath is one of the main ways in which we can actively take control over our Autonomic Nervous System. Wim Hof has developed one of the most elegantly simple breathwork practices for people with imbalanced autonomic function. His videos are free and his work has been scientifically studied to establish how the controlled use of breath can help people regain Autonomic Nervous System balance. Wim Hof, after all, lived through his own personal tragedy when his wife jumped off a building and left him to raise his children. He had to overcome this emotional devastation and he used breath and coldness to do it!
Fear has an interesting effect on the autonomic nervous system. Our sympathetic fight-or-flight branch senses the environment in a manner that our conscious brain cannot manage. This branch of the autonomic nervous system is able to notice patterns in people’s behaviors or in the weather or in other aspects of our surroundings that may cause us to “feel” stress as a physical manifestation if we aren’t open to noting conscious thoughts that float into our consciousness without any attachment to what we commonly refer to as logic. For those of us who don’t take note of these illogical, but nonetheless fully formed thoughts that enter our consciousness throughout the day from what seems like “nowhere”, information gathered by the sympathetic nervous system must make itself known to us in another form.
Indeed, if the body senses something dangerous in the environment that can’t be overcome with a fight-or-flight response, the brainstem may switch from the Fight-or-Flight System to the Dormancy System.
Because humans have a frontal lobe, we have the ability to take control over our breath as well as our health in general. But though this frontal lobe can be our best friend, it can also sometimes be our worst enemy. We have to overcome self-created fears or fears that other people’s frontal lobes have conspired in the form of propaganda in order to control the masses. We are in an age when humans have to become savvy very quickly to resist efforts by big corporations to keep us in a state of constant fear and immobilization. Whether the object of our fear is real or not does not matte. What matters is whether we experience the fear as a real thing on an unconscious level.
Neuro Linguistic Programming: What You Don’t Know May Seriously Hurt You
Propaganda has been used for centuries to turn masses of people against other masses of people in order to fund various war efforts across the globe. But the propaganda from ages past was different from the propaganda being propagated in today’s world.
As I mentioned above, I have an advanced degree in psychology, but I’ve mostly explored fringe psychology because I’ve always felt like this was where the magic lived. And one of the most powerful fringe psychology models that been developed is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). NLP is not just a model of the human psyche, but rather a way to use language and symbols to program and reprogram human beings. It works by communicating with the unconscious mind without engaging with the conscious mind. In other words, if you read something in the news about butterflies and rainbows but walk away from the material feeling anxious and terrorized, it’s likely there were NLP commands embedded in the material.
Think carefully about your emotional state before reading a news article that shows up in your online news feed. Do you generally feel better after reading a news feed or worse? And now consider the fact that most news is neutral or rather…it should be neutral. Journalism is supposed to be about reporting facts. After reading the news, shouldn’t you feel more informed, not terrorized?
NLP is widely used in news feeds and few people realize that today, technology has made it possible to “split test” news feeds to see which ones trigger the most profitable response from readers. A split test is a technological tool used by big corporations to test whether one web page, news story, or ad performs better than another similar web page, news story, or ad. The items tested in a split test may resemble each other closely or be very different. The goal is to see how people respond to it and the information is always tailored to elicit a profitable response.
NLP is used in these split tests to create titles that capture attention. Fear is the emotion that tends to capture the most attention, by the way. NLP is also used to manipulate the facts so that news feeds can be tailored to elicit the desired emotional response. There is little information in the news these days, but rather a great deal of material geared at producing a strong fear response in readers.
Readers should know that each time they click on a news story, their choices are recorded and news story titles and content lists are tailored to them. Again, remember, that the news feeds are not aiming to inform readers, but rather to elicit an emotional response that will make people feel fear that is strong enough to keep them tuned in.
But while you may have been vulnerable to this paradigm before you knew about it, the fact is, now that you know NLP exists and how it is being used, you now have the power to take back the control over yourself and your unconscious mind. If you feel like you’re addicted to news feeds or social media, consider reading more about herbal addiction remedies that I have used to help people break addiction to everything from methamphetamines and opioids to Facebook / Meta.
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome / POTS : Long COVID and Post COVID Vaccine Syndrome Symptoms and More…
It’s vital to understand that fear can cause pain in the body through the Dormancy Branch of the Rest-and-Digest System. Let me state this in a less technical way: It’s important to understand that there is a very specific, known nerves that can be massaged and manipulated by readers at home, to address non-specific pains, lethargy, nausea, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome / POTS, and a variety of other symptoms that are now being labeled as Long COVID or Post COVID Vaccine Syndrome.
Chronic or extreme fear causes an imbalance in the autonomic nervous system and this is one of the major underlying causes of POTS. One antidote to that fear response is socialization. Wim Hof Breathwork is another antidote that slowly helps the body rebalance. And finally, there are exercises you can do at home that I talk about below that also help your Autonomic Nervous System rebalance.
Other Symptoms of Post COVID Vaccine Syndrome and Long COVID:
Below is a list of symptoms that people regularly describe after receiving a COVID Vaccine or after developing a COVID infection:
- Tense muscles
- Stiff neck / neck pain
- Stiff shoulders / tense shoulders
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Jaw pain
- Dry mouth
- Eye or facial tension
- Grinding the teeth at night
- Cold hands and feet
- Excessive swelling of the vaccinated limb
- Swelling of the face
- Sweating (which is not brought on by exercise or exertion)
- Night sweats
- Tense muscles after exercise / exertions
- Nervousness / Anxiety
- General feeling of being unwell
- Lump in the throat (this is a thyroid gland issue / goiter that can be assisted with Red Light Therapy)
- Hoarse voice (this is also a thyroid gland issue)
- Anger / grouchiness
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Lack of energy
- General anxiety
- Tendency to cry easily
- Feeling of heaviness
- Difficulty sleeping / insomnia
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sense of frustration
- Excessive daydreaming / fantasizing
- Chest pain
- Panic Attacks
- Shortness of breath
- Irregular heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Low blood pressure
- Poor digestion
- Feeling of fullness
- Stomach ulcer
- GERD / Heartburn
- Loss of appetite
- Excessive eating
- Frequent infection
- Frequent accidents / injuries
- Increase in drinking or smoking
- Excessive use of medicine with or without a prescription
- Autism symptoms
- ADHD symptoms
- Asperger’s syndrome symptoms
- Difficulty reaching agreements
- Loss of interest in sex
- Excessive worrying
- Difficulty making decisions
- Menstrual problems
- Vaginal bleeding
- Delayed periods
- Excessive menstrual pain
- Skin problems
- Foot swelling
- Heart swelling (below are symptoms associated with swelling of the heart)
- Fluttering, pounding, or racing heart
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Tongue swelling
- Swelling of the upper palate in the mouth
- Swelling of the uvula at the back of the throat
- Noisy breathing
- Clammy skin
- Pale skin
- Muscle aches
- Swollen lymphatic glands
- Breast changes
- Blood clotting
- Capillary Leak Syndrome / Hemorrhaging under the skin / internal bleeding
The Role of Social Media in Long COVID and Post COVID Vaccine Syndrome
Social media is an excellent medium for spreading fear, including and most notably fear that has no basis in reality. No one is held responsible for the propagation of fear through social media which means that the only way to prevent yourself from being exposed to fear through this channel is to stop using social media. Social media also has succeeded admirably at dividing humanity along shaky fault lines across cultures, allowing us to keep our distance from each other while commenting with judgment that forfeits social graces.
Under the Social Media Regime, we live in fear and we are not able to connect socially in person, face-to-face to calm our fears and bring us into a more balanced Autonomic Nervous System state. These are scientifically established facts and readers can take these facts and feel fearful and hopeless or they can look at the flip side of the coin: if you know that social media causes fear, you can choose to avoid social media now, in few hours, or even sometime in the coming days or weeks; if you know that a lack of in-person socialization causes your body to literally fall into a state of dormancy and if you know that there are other ways to encourage your body to go back into a state of autonomic balance even if your country is again on “lockdown”, you can still heal and get your life back.
How to Take Control Over Your Autonomic Nervous System: Post COVID Vaccine Protocol
Below are actions and exercises that you can use to take control of your life starting from right now. Some people may not be able to socialize with other people in person, face-to-face, but don’t worry, there are exercises that don’t involve socialization that will give you the power to communicate with your Autonomic Nervous System and tell it to calm down. Don’t expect for these exercises to immediately reset your body. Rather, keep a journal and note your daily progress. Expect that your body will go back and forth from Fight-or-Flight (which usually includes some form of muscular, back, or joint pain) and Rest-and-Digest dormancy (which may involve nausea and general lethargy/depression). You’re working toward balancing these responses so expect to teeter-totter back and forth to find that balance and stick to it.
Control Your Information Exposure
Do what you can to avoid world news and social media except for local news from local sources that you trust. I recommend that you seek out news in print form. Don’t blindly trust what you read, but seek out news about the city or region where you live and avoid world news and news about COVID. Our minds were not wired to respond to terrifying news on a global level! Look around you in your neighborhood if you live in an urban area and ground yourself by noticing your neighbors (if you have contact with them, even from a distance). Assume that news will come to you if it is something that you truly need to know about.
If you are addicted to social media or doom-scrolling news feeds, consider using the tried-and-true Mucuna Meth Addiction protocol to overcome the addiction. This protocol promotes general mental and emotional health by balancing dopamine, norepinephrine levels in the brain and body naturally using natural substances. Mucuna is a bean (similar to the fava bean) that can be taken by mouth to promote better decision making. It works very well in treating all addictions from substance abuse addiction to behavioral addiction.
These days, socializing may be more challenging than it should be, but you can seek out social activities online if necessary. Be aware that online socialization isn’t going to be as powerful or as effective as talking to someone in person, face-to-face, but talking to someone online and being social through a video call is definitely an option if in-person social activities aren’t possible.
Movements That Hijack Your Autonomic Nervous System:
The movements I describe below can be used to reposition the top-most vertebrae in your neck. These are the two bones that hold up the head and they’re known as the atlas (the first cervical or C1 vertebra) and the axis (the second cervical or C2 vertebra). These two vertebrae often move out of proper positioning in response to chronic negativity or depressive thoughts.
Movement 1: Eye Movement Release (Time Requirement : 60 seconds to 120 seconds)
This movement increases blood flow to your brainstem which is where the five cranial nerves are located. These five nerves are the ones that regulate socialization so they have a balancing effect on the Autonomic Nervous System. There are ten small muscles at the back of the skull that connect the head to the neck with C1 and C2. Eight of these muscles are on the back of the vertebrae. The other two are deep inside the neck. All of them are innervated by the occipital nerve. If any of them are tense, they can pull C1 and C2 out of joint. If C1 or C2 is out of joint, you will have reduced blood flow to the brainstem which then creates a downward spiral of poorer mental and physical health.
When you do this exercise, you put weight on the occipital nerve which stimulates it. This allows the muscles to relax, allowing C1 and C2 to move into their proper positions. In turn, when these two vertebrae realign, a number of odd symptoms may resolve including headaches, nausea, digestive upsets, depression, neck stiffness, and more. You will move your eyes as part of this exercise because the eye muscles also connect neurologically to the area at the base of the skull. If you pay close attention to the top-most vertebrae as you do this exercise, you’ll be able to detect movement if it is out of place.
- Begin by checking your neck for range of motion. How far can you comfortably move it to the right? To the left? Is your neck stiff or painful?
- Lie down comfortably on your back.
- Weave the fingers of your hands together like prayer hands, but then open your hands (keeping the fingers woven together) such that you can put them behind your hand with your palms against the back of your skull.
- Arrange your hands so that the fingers are pressing lightly against the base of the skull where the head and the neck meet.
- The weight of your head should be resting against your interwoven fingers. NOTE: If you can only bring one hand up behind your head, this will be sufficient.
- Look up at the ceiling with your head in a neutral position. Without moving your head, move just your eyes as far to the right as you can and hold them in that position for 30-60 seconds. At some point, you may swallow, sigh, or yawn. This is a sign that your autonomic nervous system is rebalancing.
- Bring your eyes back to center so that you’re looking up at the ceiling with your head resting in a neutral position against your interwoven fingers.
- Again, without moving your head, turn your eyes so that they are looking to the left. Move them as far to the left as they can comfortably go without turning your head and maintain this position for at least 30 to 60 seconds. Wait for the sigh, yawn, or swallow.
- Sit up from this exercise slowly to give your brain and nervous system time to adjust.
- Check your range of motion again by slowly turning your head to the right and then to the left. Did your range of motion improve?
Movement 2: Trigger Point Massage at Base of Skull (Time Requirement : 5 minutes)
This movement is especially valuable for people with chronic pain, especially if the pain moves around to different locations. It is also extremely useful for treating babies, children with autism, or adults on the autism spectrum. If you have symptoms of Post COVID Vaccine Syndrome or Long COVID that resemble chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia or if you’ve received a diagnosis of fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, these movements will be beneficial to you.
Movement 2 will stimulate reflexes in nerves that pass through the loose connective tissue just under the surface of the skin at the base of the skull.
- Sit comfortably in a chair.
- Using your thumb, push very gently against the base of the skull on one side. Don’t push too hard. You need to connect to the loose tissues just under the skin and test its ability to slide in different directions.
- Push very gently to the left and then to the right and determine which direction seems to cause the most resistance for you. Push the skin very gently toward the area of resistance and stop when you reach that point of resistance. You may move your thumb only a few millimeters, but hold that position.
- Wait until you sigh or swallow. At this time, you will likely feel the resistance melt away.
- Using the same thumb on the same side of the head, push gently up and down to determine which direction has the most resistance. When you find the resistance, push gently toward that resistance.
- Wait until you sigh or swallow. At this time, you will likely feel the resistance fade away.
- Repeat this process on the opposite side of the head.
Movement 3: Salamander Exercises
The salamander exercises help the head align with the spine while also promoting optimal, balanced breathing. The Vagus Nerve fibers are devoted primarily to bringing information from the body as opposed to taking information from the brain to the body. And the Vagus Nerve monitors the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the body. When oxygen and carbon dioxide are balanced, the brain believes that the environment is “safe”. This, in turn, switches the body into the socialization / relaxation mode.
- Begin by finding a comfortable place to sit or to stand.
- Without moving your head, move your eyes to the right.
- Then follow by tilting your head to the right such that your right ear gets closer to your right shoulder while continuing to look to the right with your eyes.
- Hold this position for 30 seconds.
- Bring your head back to a neutral position and repeat the process toward the left.
Wim Hof Breathing
Finally, if you’re struggling with strange Post COVID Vaccine Symptoms or Long COVID symptoms such as POTS (Post Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), consider doing a daily session of Wim Hof breathwork to rebalance the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous systems.
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