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The Longevity Maneuver (Vagus Nerve Stimulator)

The Longevity Maneuver dissolves stress and body-wide inflammation, the two major enemies of longevity and excellent health. What's behind The Longevity Maneuver? Vagus Nerve Stimulation. Vagus nerve stimulation, by natural means, is an extremely powerful and relaxing maneuver, backed by years of research. Vagus nerve stimulation is in the forefront of modern approaches for rapidly quelling stress and its dangerous offspring, body-wide inflammation. Vagus nerve stimulation, which can be turned on by easily doable breathing and relaxation techniques, involves:

Deep/slow belly breathing involving the nostrils only.

Filling the mouth with saliva and submerging your tongue to trigger a hyper-relaxing vagal response.

Relaxing the hands, tongue, and feet.

Our vagus nerve (the tenth cranial nerve) is the body's longest nerve.  It runs through our brains, chest, diaphragm, and throughout our bodies. It is a master control over our immune cells, organs and tissues, and even our stem cells. If properly stimulated it can:  

Turn on neurogenesis, helping our brains sprout new brain cells.

Rapidly turn off stress, hyper-arousal, and fight/flight via the relaxation response.

Sharpen our memories.

Fight inflammatory disease.


Help us resist high blood pressure.

Block cortisol and other oxidizing agents that age and deteriorate us.

Block body-wide inflammation the major agent of aging and poor health.

Help us overcome depression and anxious overwhelm.

Help us sleep better. 

Raise levels of human growth hormone.

Help us overcome insulin resistance.

Turn down allergic responses.

Lower chances of getting stress and tension headaches.

Help spare and grow our mitochondria a key to our energy levels.

Affect our overall ability to live longer, healthier, and more energetic lives.

Basic Shell of The Longevity Maneuver

Warning: Folks with a history of mental illness, PTSD, or panic are urged not to use these techniques without a therapist. If you decide to do these processes you will agree to absolve the webmaster, the webhost,, and Steve Mensing of any responsibility for the application or misapplication of these processes. There is always in any process the possibility that someone could experience some discomfort.

1.  Lie down or recline in a comfortable chair. Imagine a juicy lemon and allow your mouth to fill entirely with saliva before you submerge your tongue.

2.  Relax your tongue, lay your arms at your sides, and tune into your belly.

3.  Breathe deeply and slowly from your nostrils only. Allow your belly to rise and fall.

4.  Briefly tense and relax your feet and your hands and then allow them just to relax.

Steps for the Longevity Maneuver

1.  Lie down or recline on a comfortable chair or sofa. Imagine a juicy lemon and let your mouth fill entirely with saliva. Allow your tongue to be submerged.  Permit your saliva to remain there for the duration of this process. Go to step 2.

2.  Allow your tongue to relax and lay your arms at your sides and slightly away from your body. Spread your fingers so none touch. Close your eyes for the remainder of this exercise. Go to step 3.

3.  Breathe deeply and slowly from your nostrils only. Allow your belly to rise and fall. Continue this style of breathing for the next 10 to 20 minutes.  Go to step 4.

4.  Briefly tense and relax your feet and hands before allowing them to  just relax. Notice the relaxation growing in your body during the duration of this maneuver.

Tips for The Longevity Maneuver

You can relax your tongue by:

Noting which side of your tongue is more relaxed. 

Tensing and relaxing your tongue briefly before allowing it to drop into relaxation.

 Experiencing your tongue as a heavy stone lying in warm sand.

For proper form, make sure your belly rises higher than your chest.  This is proper belly breathing form.

Hydrate yourself prior to doing this exercise.

As a change of pace you can warm your hands instead of relaxing them.  This vagus nerve stimulating approach can be done by either visualizing your hands at a comfortable distance over a pot of boiling water for 4 to 5 minutes or you can hold a cup of warm tea or coffee for 4 or 5 minutes.  Another approach is to insert your hands into a sink filled with warm water for 4 or 5 minutes.  Slow and deep belly breathing, with your belly rising higher than your chest, amplifies the  hand warming. 

If your mouth is dried out you can always fill your mouth with lukewarm water.

This exercise can be used to relax prior to sleep.

This maneuver can be done two to three times a day or whenever you feel stressed or overwhelmed.

Have fun, Steve