Oxytocin, the Hormone of Trust, Hope and Healing and the Effects of the Vagus Nerve

Here’s a short video we made when Elinor Silverstein was in Hawaii with me recently and we were discussing my sister Robyn Hood’s book, All Wrapped Up For You and Bruce Lipton’s book, The Honeymoon Effect.

Have you heard about Dr. Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory? The theory, already 20 years old, replaces our old notions of how the sympathetic (fight/flight) and parasympathetic nervous systems (rest and recuperation) help to keep us calm, alert and safe. The area covered by Polyvagal Theory is huge. It impacts the way we understand our nervous system, senses, emotions, social self and behaviors.

––Teresa Garland, MOT, OTRL
Occupational Therapy and Regulation

In this short video, I talk a little about how the neurohormone oxytocin, “the TRUST Hormone,” released with the light touch of Tellington TTouch soothes the polyvagal system, reducing the stress hormone cortisol.

What is the polyvagal system, you may ask? Well, it’s complicated, but that makes it no less interesting. For a simple explanation, read this. For a deeper explanation, read this and this.

What really made me excited about this is Bruce Lipton’s reference to TRUST, which made me think of a common experience I have when demonstrating TTouch to groups of people. I’ll let you watch the video to learn more about it.

What I now believe is happening with TTouch when there is a release of oxytocin (for the giver AND the receiver) is that we are awakening a sense of trust in OURSELVES.

This is a wake up call about the value of oxytocin, the hope and healing hormone, and the benefit of understanding more about the vagus nerve and its role in rest and relaxation and learning.

I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on these important discoveries!

© 2016, Linda Tellington-Jones. All rights reserved.

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