The Feldenkrais® Awareness Summit: Turning Challenges into Possibilities for the Special Needs Family is excited to be presenting “The Vagal Tone Connection to Oxygen Deprivation and Seizures” by Elinor Silverstein, GCFP.
Elinor Silverstein is well-known for her work on the gut/brain connection. She integrates the science of nutrition and inner biology in her teachings. For more than 35 years she’s assisted parents in working with their special needs children by using the Feldenkrais Method. More specifically, she’s discovered that vagal tone can have a remarkable effect.
During the summit, she’ll dive deeply into oxygen deprivation in children, Cerebral Palsy, and seizures. The importance of appropriate oxygen levels is crucial to all people, children and adults. When someone experiences a lack of oxygen on a regular basis, this is called hypoxia. Chronic hypoxia occurs over time and you may not even realize that it’s occurring. Snoring, holding your breath, straining are all ways you can temporarily deprive your brain of oxygen. Over time, that can lead to health issues from headaches to forgetting words to poor aging and disease.
One of the causes of this lack of oxygen is low vagal tone. This is a crucial part of Elinor’s discussions with us. She believes that doing things that increase vagal tone can help you naturally start to breathe better. Better breathing leads to more oxygen in the body and better function.
Vagal tone refers to how “fit” your vagus nerve is. The vagus nerve has been called the body’s superhighway of information. Although it’s referred to in the singular, it’s actually two nerves running parallel through your body. The vagus nerve is the longest nerve in the autonomic nervous system and has a vast amount of different functions it performs. One of its most crucial functions is controlling the parasympathetic system. This means that, when you’re not stressed, the vagus nerve tells your body to slow down the heart and breathing and increase digestion.
How does this all relate to children? Elinor takes us on a journey to discovery of this connection between vagal tone and seizures. It’s an incredible story that all began while she was working with a little body with severe seizures.
During the summit, Elinor will provide some techniques for improving vagal tone. They’re not just techniques an expert can perform, they’re designed for parents and caregivers. The results are incredible and enlightening and there’s nothing quite like it. If you’d like to hear a bit more about the results that Elinor Silverstein has had, watch this excerpt from an in-depth interview between Future Life Now’s Cynthia Allen and Elinor.
If you’re interested in learning more about how the Feldenkrais Method® can help children and adults, register to join us at our FREE summit – Turning Challenges into Possibilities for the Special Needs Family: Feldenkrais Awareness Summit from November 5-10, 2020. Elinor will be presenting on day four, which is November 8th, but we also have an incredible lineup of professionals who specialize in dealing with special needs children and families. There are sure to be several speakers that spark your interest and make you want to learn more.