Reset and Repair The Nervous System

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Do you sometimes feel a little out of control? Or in need of more sharpness, clarity and calm?

Most of us do, at one time or another. This workshop will provide you with techniques and practices to self-soothe when it feels like your thoughts or body have taken over.

The Sympathetic & Parasympathetic Nervous System 

That out of control feeling is usually associated with the sympathetic nervous system, the part of our nervous system that mobilises us into action. If our nervous system detects a threat, real or perceived, it will trigger our fight/flight/freeze response. If there isn’t a real threat, and we do not need the mobilisation of our protective mechanisms, then we need to recruit our parasympathetic nervous system to calm us down…

Enter the Vagus Nerve!

The vagus nerve is the most influential nerve in our parasympathetic nervous system. Known as the body’s superpower, it functions like a natural reset button! Learning how to stimulate and reset your vagus nerve improves your ability to toggle between states of stress and calm (alongside a bunch of benefits for physical wellbeing!), helping us to access the relaxed, collected feeling and respond vs react state that we all desire.

A healthy vagus nerve helps us to respond to triggers mindfully.

When we’re feeling stressed and anxious, it’s usually because of our oversensitive brains. Hard-wired to look out for danger (whether it’s a hungry tiger walking your way, an ambiguous email from your boss or a particular comment from a loved one), our brains sound the alarm and we find ourselves entering into a fight, flight or freeze response. 

Moving out of this state isn’t always easy, and can be a lot more challenging for those of us that have experienced some form of trauma (so, everyone basically). Sometimes, we can do some real damage to our lives and relationships while in these activated states. So the faster we can move out of them the better. For everyone!

What does this workshop involve?

Introduction: a brief talk about the content of the workshop and techniques.
Ankles and wrists, fingers and toes: exercises to engage the nerves.
Coherent Breathing: a guided breath-work session and meditation with a focus on self-healing.
Seated Grounding: a Doaist self massage technique.
Standing nasal breathing with skeletal alignment: guiding and correcting standing position to prepare for the next exercise.
Vagus Nerve Reset.
Rest and Restore: a guided nidra meditation to close.
Reintegration: we have the space for a further 15 mins the event finish time to allow for a soft landing.

What will you learn?

  • What is the vagus nerve and why it is so important
  • What is an emotional trigger and how they are formed
  • The functions of the vagus nerve that hold the secret to your mental, physical and emotional health
  • How to reset the vagus nerve for emotional regulation
  • Vagus nerve reset and coherent breathing techniques that you can add to your daily routine

When: Saturday 11th March 2023, 4:30 - 7:30 PM

Where: LimeWharf, Vyner Street, London E2 9DJ, UK

The session is accessible for any degree of mobility or flexibility.


Jacob Tomkins

Born in London, Jacob worked in corporate environments for 11 years before checking out of the city. After living in India until 2017 he had taken the full-time turn into wellbeing. He's trained in herbal and plant medicine, nutritional therapy, alignment therapy, mobility and strength training, massage, while also furthering his interest in general gut and skeletal health.

In 2018 he decided to re-align his life completely, sell his possessions and build something inspirational from scratch - buying a piece of UK woodland and creating OhmBrella Ltd ( He has spent the last two years building off-grid in the woodland with traditional and sustainable methods.

Jacob provides holistic wellbeing coaching and a woodland retreat space for immersive healing experiences. He also sources and creates in-house products and tools for natural healthcare for his clients. He runs the woodland as a conservation site, and immerses visitors in his ancient living practices and techniques of holistic wellbeing.

A student of Iyengar Yoga for 15 years, Jacob has developed within this practice a powerful enquiry into both “Prana” breathing during the “asanas” (positions) practice, and “Nidra” (Direct translation “sleep”), integrating these meditations at the end of each his sessions or classes. He enjoys mixing the ancient yogic language references for the body with modern, scientifically backed anecdotes, bringing recipients of sessions into a meditative, calm and practical-minded healing association with breath and body. The language and neurological connection helps embed good practice and gives his clients memorable tools to take away with them into daily life.


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