Free Your Jaw, Neck & Shoulders
Our preoccupation with sitting and working at a computer has meant that now, more than ever before, many of us having chronic shoulder, neck and jaw pain. The good news is that there are ways to sit, work and do many other activities without neck, shoulder and jaw pain.
Many of the things we do everyday activities such as: sitting at a computer or desk, talking on a real phone or ‘smart’ phone, driving a car can put stress and strain on the muscles of the shoulders and neck. And what stresses the neck can stress the jaw, and vice versa.
But it is not the activity we are doing that is the problem. It is the way in which we are doing them.
We sit in odd ways, in chairs that do not support our skeleton and muscles properly, and we sit for too long. We use ineffective and inefficient movement patterns. We do repetitive movements, each time using the same ineffective patterns. We don’t pay attention to how we are moving, sitting, talking and typing.
The end result can be chronic jaw, neck and shoulder pain. These can be debilitating – often making ordinary tasks unbearably painful.
The muscles of the jaw are among the most powerful in the body. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull (at the front of each ear). They allow you to move your jaw up and down and side to side to enable you to talk, chew and yawn.
Many people say they “have TMJ” when they mean they have chronic pain in this joint. The TM joint is very susceptible to chronic tension, stress and even pain. Excessive jaw tension is often accompanied by, and can lead to, neck and facial pain and headaches. By learning how to use your jaw and neck more intelligently you can improve your flexibility and ease of movement and reduce tension and pain.
You want to learn how to avoid chronic jaw, neck and shoulder pain.
By attending this workshop you will learn how to use the mouth, jaw, neck and shoulders in more effective ways so you can be pain free. You will gain more knowledge and awareness, which are critical to being able to move, sit and work without chronic jaw, neck and shoulder pain.
In this workshop we will do several Feldenkrais movement lessons to:
- Ease muscular tension in the neck and shoulders and have freer, more flexible use
- Improve the connections between the jaw, eyes, and face
- Integrate the movements of the jaw with the neck and shoulders.
- Use the eyes and face to help the jaw relax.
- Learn how to stop “shouldering the load”
You will feel the difference in such basic activities as turning and moving the head, eating and brushing your teeth, talking and even sleeping.
The Feldenkrais method works on the premise that it is the brain that organizes movement. The brain has to learn new, more effective movement techniques in order to create new, pain-free patterns.
Register today for our next Free Your Jaw, Neck and Shoulder workshop.