Your Body on Massage
One touch. That’s all it takes to get things going. As soon as your skin’s nerve cells sense firm pressure, they shoot a split-second “chill out” signal to the brain, which activates your parasympathetic nervous system. Long name, simple purpose: The system combats stress by essentially hitting a giant reset button for your…..
Lungs and Belly
The vagus nerve, the main parasympathetic highway between your brain and major organs, sends a message to your lungs to breathe more slowly and deeply and to your digestive system to pick up the pace. (The reverse happens when your frazzled: your lungs go on overdrive and your stomach takes its sweet time processing food.
Women’s Health 2011