Nervous System Reset

This 15 minute Nervous System Reset sequence connects you to your Reticular Activating/Alarm System*, your Limbic System**, and areas of high activity for your Autonomic Nervous System*** ie Sympathetic and Parasympathetic (Vagus). Use this awareness exercise to reset and resynchronise your nervous system.

Coherence within your nervous system helps your body express and discharge nervous system activity naturally.

  • If you have the sense of being up, in your head, uptight, or stressed out, then this can help you to feel calm, spacious and grounded.
  • If you have the sense of being flat, down, low energy or can’t get going, then this can help you to feel energised, alert and clear.

View or download the PDF words & pictures here: Nervous System Reset PDF


General Instructions:

  • For a complete self treatment use the entire sequence in order.  Alternatively choose a selection of hand placements as you feel helpful, but still in a sequence from top down.
  • It does not matter much whether you are laying down, sitting or standing – do what suits you at the time
  • Place your hands softly, no need to press or to squeeze.  It is the presence of your hands that helps bring your nervous system’s awareness to itself so it can “reset”
  • Leave your hands in place until you feel something “shift” – be it a sigh or other change in your breath, a relaxation, a softening, or an awakening.  Leave your hands in place for more time if you wish for more effect.

Once you are familiar with this, you may find that you can simply bring your awareness to these places without necessarily placing your hands – though your hand placement helps to amplify your awareness.

View or download the PDF words & pictures here: Nervous System Reset PDF

* Reticular Activating/Alarm System
  • the ability to shift between states of asleep, awake, alert, vigilant, hyper-vigilant and back again
  • each of these states are normal, so long as you are not “stuck” in one, or one state is not “over-activated”
** Limbic System
  • important circuitry for making memories and learning, and for emotional experience and expression.  
*** Autonomic Nervous System Centres 
  • areas of high activity and information exchange between Sympathetic and Parasympathetic (Vagus) systems and your internal organs – including your Heart, Solar Plexus, Abdominal and Pelvic Centres. For the anatomy curious, anatomical names are Cardiac Plexus, Celiac Ganglia/Plexus, Hypogastric Plexus and Pelvic Plexus