In this Expert Insight Interview, Melanie Weller discusses the role of the vagus nerve in leadership and performance. Melanie Weller is a medical visionary with a paradigm-shifting process to access genius, health and flow in your body and business using the vagus nerve as a portal to health, growth, and success.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- The role of the vagus nerve
- How a dysfunctional vagus nerve can lead to many physical and psychological problems
- Why treating the body is more effective than focusing on our mindset
The vagus nerve is the most significant component of our parasympathetic nervous system. It is what counters your fight or flight responses. This nerve is what gives you your grace under pressure, it is what keeps you cool when you’re on stage in front of a big group of people, and it is also the bridge between your story and your body.
As a physical therapist, Melanie Weller has spent many years helping people give the vagus nerve more space to move.
Transverse Structures Within the Body
When the vagus nerve is dysfunctional, a lot of things can be awry. Most commonly, this leads to anxiety, stage fright, or general nervousness when surrounded by or expected to speak in front of other people.
The dysfunction of the vagus nerve can contribute to many physical issues as well. We know that stress and trauma always affect the voice and the breath, for example. This is because our vocal cords and diaphragm are among the many horizontally oriented structures in our bodies, and we embody stress and trauma on that transverse (horizontal) plane.
Treating these horizontal structures in the body can be very powerful in transforming how we influence others, how we are perceived as leaders, and how we move in general. Because the vagus nerve goes all the way from your brain stem down to your pelvis and uses the same neurotransmitter that your muscles do, you can get very far-reaching effects by treating it.
Our bodies send information to our brain at 11 million bits per second, but our conscious brain can only process 40 bits per second. This means that when we focus on treating our bodies rather than changing our mindset, we get on the superhighway of information and we’re much more equipped to treat our problems this way.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.