Thai Foot Massage & The Vagus Nerve

By Camille Pierson

On Sunday 8th May 2016, Shelley Goy will be offering ‘Thai Foot Massage’ at The Float Spa and below discusses why people find it so very relaxing & beneficial to their wellbeing:

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I’m always thrilled to hear how much my clients enjoy their ‘Thai Foot Massage’. It’s amazing how a 30-minute treatment can have such a positive affect on their sense of wellbeing, when only the feet are being massaged.

The teachings of ‘Traditional Thai Massage’ are not based on anatomical knowledge, but rather the flow of energy through our bodies along Sen lines. Here in the UK we place much more emphasis on the physiological responses experienced from massage and therefore we may consider the relevance of the Vagus Nerve with Thai Foot Massage.

What is the Vagus Nerve?

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The vagus nerve is so named as it ‘wanders’ through your system, sending out fibres from your brain stem to your organs. It’s the longest cranial nerve and passes through the neck and thorax to the abdomen, overseeing a vast range of crucial functions and communicating nerve impulses to every organ in your body.

What Does the Vagus Nerve Do?

Amongst many of the functions of the Vagus Nerve, it is responsible for initiating your body’s relaxation response.

When your system is subjected to stress your ‘fight or flight’ response is activated pouring the stress hormone cortisol and adrenaline into your body. The Vagus Nerve tells your body to relax by sending instructions to many organs to release enzymes and proteins which calm you down and help you relax again.

Your gut also uses the Vagus Nerve to tell your brain how you’re feeling.  This is why your gut feelings are very real, and probably why we use the expression ‘trust your gut!’ when we feel something on an intuitive level.

How does Thai Foot Massage influence the Vagus Nerve?

There are various vagus nerve reflexes (or acupressure points) mapped on the feet and Thai Foot Massage stimulates these areas increasing vagal activity.

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The stimulated vagus nerve prompts the release of oxytocin, and this hormone promotes relaxation, healthy digestion, and a sense of wellbeing.

When massage is applied to the feet, stimulating the vagus nerve, this in turn reaches and stimulates all the organs of the body promoting a sense of wellbeing.

Why not experience a 30 minute ‘Thai Foot Massage’ at The Float Spa and see how great it feels for yourself.

There will be a ‘Thai Foot Massage’ day on Sunday 8th May 2016 at

The Float Spa –  £19.50 for a 30-minute treatment with Shelley Goy.

To book an appointment call The Float Spa on 01273 933 680.

About the author:

Shelley Goy trained at ‘The Wat Po Traditional Medical School’ in Bangkok where the southern style of massage is taught. Having experienced southern & northern styles Shelley continued to study northern style here in the UK at the ‘Sussex Thai Massage School’.

Also available for ‘Traditional Thai Massage’ at The Float Spa. Should you have any questions, Shelley may be contacted on 07921 787 720 or via e-mail at

About the Author:

Camille Pierson
Camille is the managing director of the Float Spa and a Trustee of the Brighton Yoga Foundation. She’s immensely proud of the community she’s built at the float spa and takes real pleasure from seeing yoga & floating transform people’s lives. She’s also a mother of two.

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