Vagus Nerve Fascia Release – NEW Technique Targets Gut-Brain Axis, Abdominal Pain and Inflammation


Tailbone Fascia Release
Abdominal Fascia Release with Hands

If you can get into the position to do this technique (not everyone will be able to) you’re going to LOVE this for increasing the health of your entire abdominal cavity and gut-brain axis via the vagus nerve.

There are a lot of “gut smash” techniques out there that presumably help you release abdominal fascia, but most of these are done face down on a ball…and the name (gut smash) is appropriate here because when you are face down like that putting your weight onto a ball, you are indeed SMASHING your guts. I’ve never supported or endorsed these versions of releasing abdominal fascia because it’s difficult to control, breathing in a way that allows your abdomen to expand and contract easily is challenging, and maneuvering into the abdominal cavity itself (versus penetrating all the way through to your spine, or forcing your body to compensate to protect your spine and vital organs) always seemed impossible. 

Today I bring you my newly invented gut or abdominal fascia release technique, which I now believe is superior to my previous technique of going into the abdominal cavity with your hands for general overall reduction in gut tension, inflammation and bloating. 

However – not all of you will be able to do this. It requires hip flexibility that, for example, my man Stefan doesn’t have (boo!)

What we’re primarily targeting here actually is the gut-brain axis and the enteric nervous system via the vagus nerve.

That’s a mouthful and I don’t talk about that much in the video, so if you’re reading this – good for you! You’ll get some extra info and tips. 

This technique can decrease inflammation in the gut that may be a symptom of leaky gut, SIBO, IBD or colitis and Crohn’s, as well as decrease the cramping and bloating from menstrual periods.

If you want more info on why I believe periods should be painless and how to achieve this, click here.

If you process emotions in your gut or experience chronic anxiety, this could help because we’re connecting the gut and brain via the gut-brain axis. Within your abdominal cavity are not only your vital organs, but also the primary nerve connecting your gut to your brain – the vagus nerve, which is directly connected to your organs and constantly sending signals from your brain to your gut and your gut to your brain. By contacting your small intestines, large intestine, end range of your diaphragm, your liver and the rest of what exists in your abdominal cavity that we’ll touch with this technique you’ll be able to connect your brain and body via the vagus nerve communication pathway. 

BREATHING, and being able to breathe freely in a relaxed manner, is super important while doing gut fascia release.

While we want to do some fascia release here (shearing anything we can or at least doing some pinning and stretching), another primary reason to do this one is a reset of your enteric nervous system which is embedded into your gastrointestinal system. Because the enteric nervous system is responsible for motor functions, local blood flow and proper excretions of toxin containing mucus (lymph flow) in addition to modulating your immune system and endocrine functions (basically the regulation of all our hormones and related processes)…this technique has powerful potential to be not just body-changing but life-changing. 

I”ve said for years that if I had to choose only ONE area of the body for every human on the planet to explore from a fascia release perspective to get the MOST health out of that one area…it would most certainly be the gut. 

You’ll need a softball for this technique. I do NOT recommend anything smaller, or anything squishy (like I see a lot of people using for those gut smash techniques I mentioned). A small medicine ball could work nicely. 

Please watch the video to follow along and get my full instructions.

Please let me know what you think about this in the comments section! I can’t wait to hear about your results. 

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  • Meri says:

    I started with the tailbone because I’m a textbook example of reciprocal inhibition and moved on to this one. I did the sequence and started experimenting with bent leg movement (side to side while holding the ball to my tummy with my thigh on the same side), found a good spot by my abs and worked it for a while. The whole side of my body ended up tingling and I nearly fainted when I got up because the back of my neck had released as well! So I guess I located my deep core in there, horribly painful adductors on that side are also not feeling so horrible right now.

  • Kevin LaPrise says:

    Hello Elisha
    You mentioned a technique for your tail bone. I also did fall on my tail bone years ago while ice skating. Can you please tell me how to find that technique?

  • MJ says:

    In July I had appendicitis, had a laproscopic appendectomy. I still feel tenderness in the lower right diagonal from belly button, especially when things move through. I’ve had IBS and gut issues for years, I’m sure it contributed to the “sudden” appendicitis. Do you have any thoughts about this? I’m concerned about pressure on this area. It also makes me wonder about people with hernias.
    Thanks, MJ

  • Denise says:

    Just tried this and I really like it! I agree that the abdominal fascia release techniques that have you laying on a ball are too intense. I have a very hard time relaxing into the pressure and breathing. I find myself tensing up and guarding against the intensity. With this technique I was able to relax and use my breath to allow for the right amount of pressure.

    • Denise – glad you like this version and that you’re tuning in to your body, breathing and moving with the release.

  • Erin S says:

    Oh, wow! I’ve been doing the hand release technique and I was wanting more and THIS IS IT! Thank you so much. I just tried this and I feel like I’m high. LOL. I’m going to do this everyday to see if it starts to unlock my stomach tension – it’s where I hold all my stress. THANK YOU!

    • Hey Erin – YAY!! Me too – I’ve been wanting something more/different here for a while and it finally hit me how to achieve it. Glad you like this one. I’m using it nearly every day myself and seeing massive changes already – smaller belly, WAY better digestion, less bloating, totally painless period and better posture. Would love to hear an update from you if you remember later 😊

  • Christina shiels says:

    Hi Elisha…. I can’t get your more up,to date technique, for gut…. I’ve watched your last one but am reallyyyyyy, interested, to see…the newer one you introduced?? Thanks in advance , and can I just say… big thank you x

    • Hi Christine – I’m not sure I understand. You’ve just commented on the new gut technique – is the video not loading?

  • Nettie says:

    Wow, that felt great! I’m going to introduce that vid to my daughter who has been having some functional abdominal pain. We’ll see how it goes!

  • Gudrun Docherty says:

    Hello Elisha, thank you very much for sharing this new technique. I cannot wait to try it and will revert back with comments about my experience. I have done your Fascia and Kinetix courses, which have provided with with the most amazing additional tools to help my yoga therapy clients. I also do allot of “gut work” with the soft Coregeous Yoga Tune-Up Ball (done in a prone position). I know you said to check with a doctor if in doubt but would you recommend this technique for clients suffering from endometriosis or those you have fibroids or myomas in addition to IBS or SIBO?

    • Hi Gudrun – wonderful, I love hearing that what I’ve shared is rippling out to so many other people! If I personally had IBS/IBD/SIBO/endo etc I would absolutely try this. I can’t give specific recommendations online (in writing like this) because I’m not a doctor. Each person needs to make the decision to try this and accept any consequences, good or bad. Which is one reason I’m so passionate about helping people tap into their intuition and bodily wisdom. The body knows how to heal.

  • Shari says:

    Awesome Thanx !!! I will give this a try as pelvic floor and liver are in agony. PS sorry for Stefan

    • Shari – please come back and share your experience, since people do read these comments and the more we share how one technique can help so many different people/pains, the more people will be inspired to try this themselves. I do think this can work really well for pelvic floor AND liver. For the liver, try to do the twisting movement I demonstrate in the video (ball is in liver area, you twist a little to the LEFT to compress the liver area, then you can rock left and right…it’s really great for moving what is stuck there). Good luck 🙏🏽

  • Meg B says:

    I am sure this is my missing link to gut health, fascia release and getting a deep breath! I love the Vagus nerve connection. I can’t wait to try it 😊👍 thank you, Elisha!

    • Hi Meg – you’re welcome! I have found this to be really amazing for my own breathing/digestion/lymph/blood flow and nervous system connection. Would love to hear about your experience after you try it 😊

  • ces says:

    I ll give it a try ,because you mention the vagus nerve I think it is worth a try , thank you

    • You’re welcome – I hope you experience the mind-body connection and healing you’re looking for!

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