Ami Brannon: Vagus Nerve Stimulation For Less Anxiety

“The Neuvana Xen earbuds literally give an electrical stimulation through the skin at the ear that gives the user profound, lasting effects of not just physical health but also mood improvement, stress relief, and overall better quality of life.”  – Ami Brannon

Wellness + Wisdom Episode 363

Vice President for Customer Experience and Business Development at Neuvana, the creators of the Xen device, Ami Brannon, explains how their breakthrough vagus nerve stimulation wellness technology device goes beyond improving physical health to help people decrease their stress and anxiety, how Xen compares to meditation, the benefits of wellness technology, and how to break free of phone and social media addiction.

What is your first reaction to experiencing stress? Do you react right away or do you pause, take a deep breath, and reconnect with your body?
Listen as Ami uncovers what somatic intelligence is and shares how you can tune into what is actually going on with your body.
'Feeling better literally has to be an intentional journey and people need to put some work in. We've become too comfortable with quick fixes before we actually try things that we could do for ourselves.'- Ami Brannon of @NeuvanaLife Click To Tweet

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  • Less Stress
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  • Brighter Mood
  • Enhanced Focus
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Listen To Episode 363 As Ami Brannon Uncovers:


[1:30] Taking Health Back Into Our Hands

  • Unpacking the biggest threats to the medical industry and where she sees its future in the years to come.
  • The call for greater awareness and education within the health industry so that people can take full responsibility for their wellness.
  • Diving deep into the vagus nerve anatomy and its connection to every organ in the body.
  • Her background and how she came across this work by Neuvana and its Founder, Dr. Richard Cartledge, while she was working as an RN.
  • The special, non-invasive, technique used by Neuvana's Xen product to stimulate the vagus nerve from the outside.

[20:00] How Neuvana's Xen Product Works

  • Why there's an immense amount of research on studying the vagus nerve on the left side of the body rather than the right side.
  • How the Xen earbuds are designed to send electrical stimulation to the vagus nerve through the skin.
  • Unpacking the differences of the parasympathetic nervous system and the autonomic nervous system.
  • How the Xen earbud scientifically shifts us over from an autonomic nervous system reaction to activating the parasympathetic nervous system.
  • Why it's so difficult for us to be able to relax with everything going on in 2020 but devices like Xen or breathwork and meditation practices can bring you back down to a relaxed state.
  • Exploring physical sensations such as sweat or palpitations that we feel in a moment of stress and anxiety and why they are actually there to serve us.
  • How deep, belly breathing can take you from high levels of stress and pull you over to being calmer and focused.
  • Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) – Medical University of South Carolina

[27:30] The Mental & Emotional Health Benefits Of Xen Earbuds

[39:30] When To Use Xen Earbuds

  • Breaking down when to use the Xen earbuds for different levels of stress and anxiety.
  • Why you will feel a much more profound effect from the Xen earbuds during a moment of acute stress.
  • What happens to the human brain when you begin to stimulate the vagus nerve for the very first time and why it's so much easier to stay in a relaxed state once the impact finally clicks for you.
  • Her theory on why it can take some people up to 2 weeks to fully receive and appreciate the impact of the Xen earbuds because they've probably never been in a relaxed state before in their lives.
  • Why you have to give the Xen earbuds a good amount of time when you begin to use them to really see a difference in your stress levels, heart rate, and overall health.
  • How the impact of Xen earbuds will always differ from one person to the next depending on their current health when they begin.
  • What it is about the device that helps people achieve a greater state of emotional awareness.

[47:30] How Does Xen Compare To Meditation?

  • Exploring what advantages the Xen earbuds have over meditation.
  • How the Xen earbuds have supplemented her meditation practice.
  • Why Xen can be a good precursor for someone who is just starting to add a meditation practice to their lives.
  • How the element of music plays a role in helping us let go of stress and anxiety.
  • What binaural beats are and how they're synced with the brain waves.
  • 292 Pavel Stuchlik
  • The different modes that come with Xen including ‘sensation,' and ‘ music,' plus how binaural beats is incorporated into each mode.
  • How wellness technology like Xen is helping us reconnect to who we are as humans at our core and the natural ways of being.
  • CES – The Global Stage for Innovation – CES 2021

[55:30] The Double-Edged Sword Of Modern Technology

  • Unpacking the double-edged sword of technology in our modern world.
  • The mission to bring education and opportunities for improving personal wellness to the public.
  • Why they've decided to use an app to update the technology rather than the set of earbuds every time they improve their service.
  • What lights her up about this industry and all the new findings they're constantly uncovering on the vagus nerve.
  • The results they're finding from people who use their product including fewer people needing to use medication.
  • What you can do first from movement and sleep to meditation and nutrition to improve your health before relying on medication.
  • Why we don't have to fight and struggle but make a real conscious effort to embrace better health.

[1:04:00] Breaking Free From Phone Addiction & Social Media Sharing

  • What's going on with ourselves and the vagus nerve system when we're addicted to the online world and feel stressed from scrolling on our phones.
  • The dopamine surge that happens when we scroll through and share content no matter if the topic is happy or sad.
  • How to set up parameters for ourselves around the use of our cell phones and social media.
  • Why addiction is the absolute opposite of human connection.
  • The road that leads people to the hospital when they are not “at home” in and in love with their own bodies.
  • First-hand accounts of the poor health, addiction, and accidents she would see people experience while working as an RN.

[1:11:30] Who Shouldn't Use the Xen Earbuds?

Power Quotes From The Show

'When you have a mood lift, even a little bit, then you stop seeking solutions and things to push the pain or sadness down because you feel okay and feeling okay is a lot better than feeling rotten.' - Ami Brannon of @NeuvanaLifeClick To Tweet

The Profound Effects Of Vagus Nerve Stimulation

“For acute stress situations, especially when people are really off balance, you actually will feel a more profound effect because you are so far in the sympathetic state that getting the vagus nerve to engage even a little is palpable. Normally, vagus nerve stimulation is pretty subtle like when you start with breathwork for the first time but as the brain recognizes what that relaxation feels like, it's so much easier to get there and stay there for a longer period of time because the brain is neuroplastic.” – Ami Brannon

How Xen Is Helping Recovering Addicts

“People who are recovering from addiction, wherever they're at in their journey, are constantly dealing with something that is typically much deeper than a substance. So, the dependency came based on some event or psychological illness or a situation that they're in and a lot of it is stress-related. Once somebody has been through a detox period, staying in line with what is the best way to maintain recovery takes a lot of work but intentional self interventions and having tools in their toolbox are really important. When you have a mood lift, even a little bit, then you stop seeking solutions and things to push the pain or sadness down because you feel okay and feeling okay is a lot better than feeling rotten.”  – Ami Brannon

Grow Your Somatic Intelligence With Xen

“Somatic intelligence is really being aware of what's going on in your body and paying attention to it. It's not as simple as something like recognizing that you have a stomach ache; it's about being aware of where you physically are such as at a family dinner, focusing where your head is at, how you literally feel in the moment, what your breath rate or heart rate is and if they're fast, asking yourself, ‘Why? Why is this happening?' So, the ‘What now?' is super important once you identify those things and that is one of the pinnacle things we wanted to address when we developed the Xen device. There are so many digital wearable devices out there that read and measure what's going on with you but we wanted to add to the ‘Now what?' by giving people something simple that they could go to that is at their disposal at any time.” – Ami Brannon

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About Ami Brannon

Ami Brannon Neuvana Xen

Ami Brannon is the Vice President for Customer Experience and Business Development and a founder of Neuvana, creators of Xen, a breakthrough vagus nerve stimulation wellness technology device. At Neuvana they strive to continually improve people’s lives through Neuroscience, and today were talking about how this breakthrough vagus nerve stimulation device can provide increased overall wellness – calmness, balance, and rejuvenation.

Ami Brannon has over 20 years of experience in hospital-based healthcare and an extensive background in developing relationships and marketing in the bio-stimulation market. Ms. Brannon holds a BS in Nursing and a BS in Psychology from the University of Central Florida.

About Neuvana

Neuvana is a South Florida-based brand at the intersection of wellness and technology, continually striving to improve people’s lives through accessible Neuroscience.

Neuvana is a South Florida-based brand at the intersection of wellness and technology, continually striving to improve people’s lives through accessible Neuroscience. Founded in 2014 by Dr. Richard Cartledge, an avid inventor and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, the company is made up of physicians, intellectual property experts, engineers, experienced business professionals and a world-class scientific advisory board with a shared goal: a platform to make the necessary benefits of neuroscience safe, easy and accessible to everyone.


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