Sore Jaw Muscles?
Learn to relax your jaw and neck in a few minutes for greater ease in all you do.
Do you feel great right now? Or did you give yourself an ache or stiff neck today? Is your vision blurry because you haven't glanced up? Are your jaws relaxed or clamped together?
Clenching jaws is a habit, many people don't know they're doing. If you habitually tighten your jaws or face, you can give yourself aches and have problems with your TMJ (jaw joint), your teeth and gums. You can also suffer from stiff necks, headaches and other ailments.
1. Scan your body.
Does your face feel tight?
Are you holding your jaws pressed together right now?
Do you purse your lips or tighten your chin?
Sense the rest of your body. Do you hold muscles tight?
Is your weight distributed evenly between your two sides, or do you lean more on one hip?
2. Open your mouth.
Open your mouth slowly. Let go. Watch what happens.
Does your mouth snap closed, close slowly, or stay open?
Continue to repeat this movement. What else do you notice?
Where is the movement smooth and easy?
Where is the movement a bit jerky or harder?
What causes you to stop opening where you do?
Keep breathing as you continue moving gently.
Do you feel differences on each side of your jaws?
Do you tighten or let go of muscles anywhere else when you open your mouth?
Do your hands contract, your eyebrows tighten?
For greatest learning, rest before you feel any fatigue in your jaw muscles.
Do you sense a change in how and jaws feel already? Your face?
3. Distinguishing between your eyes and your mouth.
Resume opening your mouth slowly. What do your eyes do? Look up, every time you open. Look down, when you close your mouth. Learn to make a continuous movement with your eyes, at the same time you move your jaw. Scan your body looking for places you may contract muscles, which don't help this movement. Let go of this unnecessary effort. What do your eyebrows do? If you raise your eyebrows when you look up, is that helpful? Or is it useless contraction, you can eliminate? Take your time to learn something new with each movement. Rest.
4. A new option for your brain.
Now reverse your action. Look down, when you open your mouth. Look up, as you close. Is this harder? If so, the difficulty comes in figuring out how to make the movements. You're thinking. Play with it. Your eyes and jaw go opposite each other. Make sure you continue breathing. Rest.
Play with both ways of opening your mouth. When you can do them with the same ease, you will have made a new connection in your brain. You don't have to learn it today. You will learn more every time you play with this lesson.
Learning to concentrate without clenching your jaws is valuable in itself. And as you move beyond such habits, you add more choice to everything you do.
Is your mouth relaxed now? Are your jaws freer? Now open your mouth simply, doing nothing special with your eyes.
How do the muscles on each side of your jaws feel now?
Do your eyes do something or nothing when you open your mouth?
How does your face feel now? Are your cheeks, eyes and ears more relaxed? Is your jaw sitting easily, as if your mouth is on vacation, rather than held fixed? If so, could you handle all the activities you do better, with your face and jaw as they are now? When you look in the mirror, you may see pleasing differences.