Who here has ever had jaw pain? Do you grind your teeth at night? Or having trouble opening your mouth?

TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) can develop from dental work, stress, anxiety, and poor posture, such as long hours slumped at the computer. It’s difficult to open and close your mouth and you may experience pain because those muscles just won’t relax.

The stress reflex at the root of most jaw and facial tension is the Red Light Reflex of protection, worry, and drawing inward – the chest collapses, shoulders hunch up and in, and the head moves forward, creating tension in the neck and all the muscles that insert into the jaw and skull.

Check out this video for how to slowly release tight jaw muscles through gentle, slow movements that begin to explore how the face and jaw hold tension.

Remember – you are a system; you may discover that tension in your face and jaw begins in the center of your body!