Do you struggle with tension around your jaw and face? Do you grind your teeth at night? Does your jaw and face get tense when you are under pressure or feel anxiety?
Do you often experience an enormous and uncomfortable clenching force of the jaw muscles and you have no idea how to relax it? If any of these sound familiar and you are looking for long-term relief then Rolfing® can definitely help.
So how does Rolfing fit in?
Rolfing®, unlike most manual therapies, addresses the jaw and face tension issues on 3 levels: structure, coordination, and perception. Structurally, the treatment focuses on smooth functioning of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the main joint of our jaw. This area is sensitive to the pulling forces of the facial muscles and any repeated unbalanced action on their part, such as chewing, can be troublesome.
To restore good functioning of the TMJ and release jaw tension, the structural work of Rolfing® involves releasing particular groups of fascia around the key muscles of mastication: masseter, medial pterygoids and temporalis.
Then to consolidate the results, the coordination and perception work begins. This involves developing awareness, and re-educating the client in the way they masticate, and how they hold their jaw in everyday activities. Much attention is given to investigate the habitual way of using eyes, holding the head, and the shoulders’ impact on the jaw and the face tension pattern.
Once the residual tension of the jaw and face are gone you are likely to feel an enormous relief. Because your fascial muscles are no longer chronically tense, your face will acquire a different, more “warm” appearance, which inevitably impacts on your interpersonal relationships. Your perception is also likely to change: one of my clients described the effect this work had on him as “a bit like switching from a black and white to a colour TV; the world feels more saturated and alive.”
To work with me on releasing your jaw tension, just contact me.