The Multivagal Safety System in clinical practice

Three-part course
with Michael Shea

This course looks at vagal function below the respiratory diaphragm taking into account the four quadrants of the body from which a sense of safety is initiated. Multiple techniques to support global vagal function are shown for both Craniosacral therapists and manual therapists in general.

This three one-hour course will give you:

  • an introduction to the Multivagal System and its connection to metabolism and the immune system

  • an expansion of the Polyvagal modal of neuroception to include the function of the vagus below the respiratory diaphragm

  • application of the Multivagal System to the four body quadrants where a sense of safety can be initiated

  • differentiation between dorsal and ventral vagus function

  • Craniosacral and other techniques to stimulate the vagus nerve



Treating the Vagus in the Head, Neck and Trunk

  • the vagus’ primary function of determining internal and external safety
  • working with the whole vagus nerve starting with the neuroanatomy of the vagus nerve bilaterally in the brainstem
  • differentiating the function of the dorsal vagus from the ventral vagus
  • differentiating the physiological function of the vagus from its metabolic function especially in the aorta
  • techniques for treating head, neck and trunk


Treating the Vagus in the Abdomen and Pelvis Part 1

  • the metabolic functions of the vagus nerve in the gut and its relationship to the sacral outflow of the parasympathetic nervous system in the pelvis
  • specific techniques for the integrated circuit in the abdomen and pelvis
  • the role of the transversus abdominis muscle as an extension of the respiratory diaphragm
  • specific breathing skills that help stretch the vagus nerve and balance its function above and below the respiratory diaphragm


Treating the Vagus in the Abdomen and Pelvis Part 2

  • new research on moral safety as it relates to internal and external safety via the vagus nerve
  • how the vagus communicates metabolic function to the brain and the returns signals to generate anti-inflammatory responses
  • the relationship of the vagus to the enteric nervous system especially in pain syndromes in the gut and pelvis
  • specific skills to balance the immune, endocrine and enteric systems
  • review of the entire course with suggested protocols

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Michael J. Shea is one of the preeminent educators and authors in the fields of somatic psychology, myofascial release and craniosacral therapy.

Join Michael as he guides us through the Multivagal System and the relationship of the vagus to the global metabolism of the body especially the immune system.

If you have any questions regarding this course, please contact us.

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