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The Mask

 

The Mask
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Always a mask

Held in the slim hand whitely

Always she had a mask before her face —

 

Truly the wrist

Holding it lightly

Fitted the task:

Sometimes however

Was there a shiver,

fingertip quiver,

Ever so slightly —

Holding the mask?

 

For years and years and years I wondered

But dared not ask

And then —

I blundered,

Looked behind the mask,

To find

Nothing —

She had no face.

 

She had become

Merely a hand

Holding a mask

With grace.

Author unknown


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Pain in the Jaw? or more of these symptoms:

 

  • Locking your jaw?
  • Pain in your cheeks? around your ears and jaw joint?
  • Trouble breathing?
  • Headaches?
  • Clicking, popping or grating your teeth?
  • Right and left sides of your jaw feel crooked?

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Did you know that if you explore simple patterns of movement it can release your jaw and free you of pain!  Relax your jaw and lessen your TMJ pain using the Feldenkrais® Method.  Read more on TMJ

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Experiencing intention in your movement patterns and growing awareness of skeletal movement

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Learning to sense your head through images & visual imagination


Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015

 

 

 

Images could describe learning to sense (feel) your head

After last nights introduction to Awareness through Movement® for TMJ, I came across this diagram on learning to draw and observed that it could describe the class I just facilitated!

The first ball could describe how we could feel the weight of our head when we pause to check in .  As we are guided in a direction of observation throughout the lesson there is the potential to begin feeling the separate parts and how they function.  For example in this class open and closing one’s jaw.  How it feels in the eyes at the end of the lesson  is completely different from how it may have felt in  the beginning!  I love this diagram that also depicts growing sensory awareness!

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Renee Lindstrom, GCFP
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000
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A client today had to be convinced that their teeth didn’t control their jaw movements!

What about you?  What do you think directs your mouth to open, closed and shift from side to side?

mouthCrazy idea!  Your teeth are one small part in the function of your jaw, yet when you search mouth images the bulk only show lips and teeth.  The tongue, upper and lower jaw, jaw joints, cheeks and chin is usually missing.  No wonder most people only think teeth and lips!

Learn more about how to improve jaw strain, pain and tension with mouth care at upcoming workshop

Your Jaw and you

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Jaw

How many of you are familiar with your jaw?  If so, is it because it is tight, sensitive, painful or locked?

This week I worked with a client whose legs started shaking dramatically when massaging their tense jaw.  She had chronically locked her jaw so tightly that it affected how she supported herself through her legs.  Later she mentioned that her walking improved!  Imagine that?

Another client coming to discuss walking explained to me they had surgery on their jaw as a teenager.  Apparently wearing braces had changed the position of their lower jaw.  When the braces came off the teeth were straight but the upper jaw was quite a bit forward of the lower jaw.  The over bite fix was tragic! Breaking the jaw and moving it forward.  Wow, at no time did anyone consider simple learning exercises for releasing the jaw may reduce the need surgery?

Come to an upcoming workshop series and find out more about how jaw health.  For example how your eyes, ears, cheeks, neck, chest, shoulder and arms can or can be affected by what is happening in your mouth!

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TMJ

Support healthy jaw function and break free From pain by experiencing:

  • Primary Movements of the Jaw
  • Shoulder, Neck and Jaw Connections
  • Head and Jaw Integration
  • Eyes and Jaw Integration
  • Cheek and Tongue Integration

Relax your jaw and lessen your TMJ pain using the Feldenkrais Method.  For chronic conditions begin with a consultation and personal functional integration sessions.  Additional integration through movement lessons support increased posture and flexibility.

Nerves connect the muscles of the face, jaw and neck to the cervical spine.  If these muscles are tense, pain can be felt in the face, neck and ears.

Jaw and neck pain can be both acute and chronic and result from trauma or slowly with structural issues.

  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – shoulder, jaw and neck pain with sinus infections on one side.  Compression of neurovascular structures may lead to tense muscles and referred pain throughout the head and neck.
  • Muscular and Nerve Issues – Temporamandibular Jaw problems and anterior repositioning.
  • Nodes, Salivary glands,  and Dental Problems and Lymph Glands – grinding teeth abscess, infection

SOME POSSIBLE CONDITIONS CREATING JAW PAIN:

  • The jaw muscles are controlled primary by the trigeminal nerve (C5) – pressure on this nerve through the spine, muscle cramps, or inflammation can lead to poor function of the jaw.
  • Abnormal posture.  The major muscles that hold up the head ar in the neck and jaw.  These are assisted by smaller muscles at the tope of the spine.  Fatigue of these smaller muscles places greater strain on the neck and jaw causing the neck to hyper-extend.  The cause of most neck and jaw pain is the trapeze muscles which extends from the head to the shoulders.
  • Stress also causes the muscles in the neck to tighten, which can lead to many types of neck and jaw pain itself.
  • Fibroymyalgia – The positioning of the head and the neck could create chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction.
  • Whiplash – the disc in the jaw joint being pushed out-of-place, leading to severe neck and jaw pain
  • Temporamandibular Joint Syndrome – Nerve inflammation and structural abnormalities.  headache, shoulder pain, right-sided or left neck pain.

Renee with Inside Awareness has been offering TMJ relief in Victoria since 2007 through personal integration and through organized group classes.   For more information – renee@insideawareness.com

Feldenkrais Fitness Chronicles – TMJ Pain Support

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness, Living in Natures Love Blog & Renee Lindstrom Live

TMJ Jaw Release Workshop

At a weekend workshop for TMJ a student shared their surprise and relief during a  previous workshop.  They realized that others had similar pain and recognized they were not alone.  From this experience they longed for a support group, simply because they had spent so much money and time searching for answers and no one has any!  I smiled, these workshops and classes to me are supportive groups too, not only learning opportunities.

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Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015