Follow along as I teach you some massage skill basics, acupressure points and muscle massage techniques to help alleviate jaw tension. www.
I'm gonna allow it so that you can
unmute yourself in that way if you want
to speak up you can do that okay so
we'll get started in just one minute but
I will say that I'm everything when you
do massage for yourself it's always a
really great idea to wash your hands so
if you want to run and do that real
quick or hand sanitizer but I like the
act of actually washing my hands under
water just to kind of bring myself as
like nice and clean to what I'm doing
then just kind of like slough off
anything else that maybe you know
energetically or otherwise is on you
before you start all right for those of
For those of you that don't know me my name is Amy
Thornton I'm a licensed acupuncturist. I
was a massage therapist long before I
was ever an acupuncturist so I have been
working with bodies since 2003 so 17
years it's a long body of work I've
learned a lot of things over the years
I've talked to a lot of people about
what's going on in their bodies have a
lot of insight into that and what I'm
going to show you today is just what you
can do for your own self and so I'm
going to combine some acupressure which
is just using acupuncture points and
pushing on those points and those
without getting into all the weeds of it
those points will kind of have a
correlation with like something in the
jaw so I'll show you some stuff down
there so these are called distal points
like away from where we're working and
then actually how to work into this area
here and I will periodically I try to
look at the camera but I'll periodically
look over at chat or if you want to
unmute yourself to ask a question feel
free I'm a fast talker so if you're not
getting something just let me know and I
will slow down and I will do my best to
try to show you like actually so you can
see things and so for anytime that we
are doing massage there's some rules to
know it doesn't matter what kind of
massage if you're doing on another
person or yourself the first thing is
that it's really important to just be
really present with what you're doing
you don't just like be jamming around in
there and not thinking about what you're
doing your body kind of responds better
to intentional touch right so I want to
think about like
oh okay I'm right now working on
releasing my jaw so there's something
there with the putting your mind into
that and just checking everyone can
still hear me right if anyone wants to
forget okay thanks Michelle and so yeah
really paying attention to what you're
doing I mean we can absent-mindedly
massage yourselves you're gonna hurt
yourself but it's going to be a lot more
effective if you're actually sitting
there going okay this is what this is
what I'm doing right now
hmm so um it's also a good idea so when
you're doing that you want to come with
a clean mind and so the easiest way that
I know how to do that is it take really
nice deep breaths and what I found over
the years is that most people don't know
how to take a deep breath so if I say
take a deep breath deeper like right and
then all the breath is right here and
and a lot of this actually contributes
to jaw tension over time because when
we're breathing from this part of our
body what's actually happening is that
we're using these muscles here and these
muscles here and they're called the
accessory muscles and so instead of
using our diaphragm this muscle down
here which is a big kind of bellows like
muscle we're using new little guys and
they become chronically tight tense and tight
because they're doing the work that this
big muscle the diaphragm is supposed to
be doing and then when these muscles
become tight it shoots up and it goes
into the jaw so there's there's a very
little separation from jaw pain and neck
tension I don't find that most people
have those who will have both right so a
nice deep breath you're gonna want to
there's a couple of rules you want to
relax your belly or just let it all hang
out nobody can see you you want to put
your hand right at the base here where
the ribs are that is the diaphragm and
when you breathe in you want to go in
through your nose and out through your
mouth and when you're breathing your
hands should be moving
and that's how you know you're doing it
so relax the shoulders relax the belly
and then we're going to take three nice
deep breaths together before we start so
I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to
count so I'm going to count to five hold
for one and out for six you want to
breathe out a little bit longer than
you're breathing in so I'm going to go
ahead and start so breathe in one two
three four five hold, out one two three
four five six ,two more in one two three
four five hold out one two three four
five six one more in one two three four
five hold, out one two three four five
six. okay so the next thing is to get
your intention into your hands so you
actually want to do like a little bit of
massaging of your hands and doing that
and what will happen is that your hands
I get a little tingly and that's just
one way to kind of put your mind into
your hands the other thing I like to
think about is that in my fingers I can
put my brain there where my mind so that
when I'm touching with my fingers I my
mind is there and this is just a way to
trick your brain into being into that
spot if you are trying to do massage and
you have really long fingernails this is
not going to work for you so you can do
like your knuckle or you can take a
little pen or something and pens are
actually harder than your knuckles so
you just want to be a little more gentle
but you know it's your body you can
regulate the pressure right so and then
while you're doing massage make sure you
that you're going slow and that you're
and you you want to not push past the
layers of tension you want to feel the
first layer of tension like right where
you feel the tension in the pain and
then take your time and sink into it and
that's how the body will respond. a lot of
people are like no I'm just gonna get in
there and jam in there and the body is
not like that the body likes like a slow
even release if you are doing what I'm
showing you and you get dizzy we have a
lot going on right now if you're working
in the upper body
there's a lot of emotions that get
stored in here for most people the jaw
is about resentment all right I can
resent these things but a lot of people
is just like their general response to
stress and tension like I said that
upper body like you're breathing with
these muscles here and the tension
shoots into there so just just kind of
think about like oh I'm massaging, sometimes
it gets a little bit too much just stop
take nice deep breaths drink a sip of
water and then just see how you feel
overall like when you're doing all this
massage stuff specifically for your jaw
it might take us longer while we're
doing it here together because I'm
teaching you but you should be doing
like three or four minutes even five
minutes is kind of a long time to be
like rubbing in these areas because
there's just not I mean there's strong
muscles here but there's not a lot right
so you want to take your time and just
not do too much does anyone have any
questions before I move on to actually
showing you how to do this okay
great so the first thing I want to talk
about is some acupressure points so if
you look at your hand and you've got
these two fingers here see if I can get
this in the right leg you have these two
big knuckles it's getting a little bit
washed out you had these two big
knuckles if you drop your finger down
into the next little hole right there in
between those two knuckles there's a
point here it's called triple warmer
three it doesn't really matter what it's
called but this guy has a channel it
goes all the way up through the neck and
then lands right here so both sides have
this point and I use this a lot with
acupuncture to actually help alleviate
jaw tension and it works pretty well so
between these two
fingers you stop with those big knuckles
and then you like let one finger and you
drop in and it should be a little bit of
a sore spot like right there and you can
do both sides and so just like three
four or five little pushes here if it's
really sore and you work on it for a
little while then the soreness should
actually kind of alleviate I mean that
might actually help so again this goes
all the way up into the jaw so that's
triple warmer three then on the side of
the hand
you got your pinky side right huh let's
see so if you put your finger here and
you rend your wrist like you're trying
to chop something right your finger
should fall right into a hole there and
if you just kind of dig around in this
section you'll find some little bones
and some kind of squishy spots and just
push for the bone so like here for me
this part of my finger is pushing up
against a bone and there's a bone this
so there's like a hole and all
acupressure almost all acupuncture
points are in holes so if you're kind of
feeling for the hole and then just dig
around and find this sore spot this is
small intestine five this is a really
good point for neck being in tension and
you can also like while you're pressing
it and just see like hey when I'm
pushing on this does this make a
difference in my soul in my jaw or in in
my neck kind of move around and see for
some people it does so again you can
just kind of like one two three four
five you could push on this 10 or 15
times it doesn't actually matter I'm
just trying to give you a number so
you're like okay if I do this five times
now I know I can move on right did
everyone feel like they kind of got
those points there and did everybody did
anyone notice a difference so they can
anyone say oh I pushed that and I felt
it in my neck or jaw okay yeah it
doesn't work for everyone but I wanted
to point those out um then the other
point that I would use is oops large
intestine 11 so on this part of the
elbow this is the outside right if you
look here
if you look at it usually there's like a
little line for there's the folds and
then you just let your finger kind of
drop towards the elbow and there'll be a
hole right there and for it for some
people it's really tender and other
people it's not if it's tender for you
it'll probably help but this is a good
one it's again both sides so this is a
large intestine point so this channel
goes like this it goes all the way up
the side of the neck and actually goes
up through this part of the mouth
because the jaw is this whole section
here there's muscles in here there's
muscles in here so we're not just
working like that one little spot where
it tends to get sore so large intestine
11 so if you just spend one minute
pushing on these little spots before you
get started it basically opens up the
energy flow and helps everything start
moving in the area that we want to work
in so I find that if I go away from the
spot first and then work on the spot it
works a lot better then next is if you
can see so this collar bone right if you
feel on top of the collar bone it's
pretty uncomfortable in there like most
people don't like to be pushed in there
so that's not what we're doing we're
going to drop down right underneath and
we're gonna find the space it's right
under the collar bone so if you can kind
of see I'm pushing up up against the
collar bone and for most people it's a
little tender in there so and if you
just kind of like work your way over you
can look for some sore spots in there
but for most people what I'm looking for
is kind of like right where the neck
comes down if you draw a line from the
side of your neck and then drop your
finger this is usually the point that
we're looking for here because this is
the stomach Channel and this comes right
into this section here and remember you
can use like a knuckle you could use a
thumb you can use a pen like whatever
whatever is helpful for you so you can
kind of rub these guys and find the sore
spots then if you go on your neck here
there's a big ol muscle right here and
this is called the sternocleidomastoid
SCM for short does not really matter
what the name of it is
what matters is that you can come in and
kind of grab it and so I like to grab it
and feel on either side of it and
squeeze and it's pretty tender for most
people now you do have a bunch of
arteries and nerves and all kinds of
stuff running through here so on the
front of this muscle is usually like
where you know you're trying to take
your pulse right if you feel your pulse
just don't push hard right there if
you're only pushing on one side if I'm
not gonna pass out but you have any kind
of heart condition or anything just like
be careful so if you're worried about it
just skip this part but it's I think you
would it would be uncomfortable enough
that you probably would not end up
injuring yourself in any way so or you
can always push on the back of it so I
just like to kind of grab and usually
this part right here the meaty part is
really uncomfortable and this directly
relates to the jaw so then you kind of
just grab down and then do both sides
and for me it's really really tender in
here so you can use one hand which is
harder to see bore to and then you can
also just kind of rub behind the ear
there's a little section back here and
it's all probably pretty tender spots so
you can push push push push push all
through these spots and I will probably
go about this slow
okay and then remember to breathe so I
haven't been breathing because I've been
talking so for me I can already see
already start feeling things moving just
because I've been poking around in here
so I can feel that energy starting to
flow into this area it could be very
subtle for you you may not notice it so
then the next thing is we've got this
cheekbone right here right if you kind
of run your fingers through here you
know you got this big ol bone like if
somebody wanted to punch you in the face
is the one that gets broken right so
there's basically underneath this bone
and then you got your jaw bone right in
this little section is a muscle called
the masseter and it's basically a square
shaped muscle and the fibers run like
this so a lot of times in massage what
we're actually trying to do is called
cross-fiber friction so the fibers are
going this way we want to go this way
and what that does is it breaks up what
people sometimes call is a knot which is
basically what that is its metabolic
waste or glue like whatever you want to
call it they could kind of like glues
the fibers and the muscles together and
so if there's a million reasons why this
happens not really worth going into but
essentially what you're wanting to do is
go this way across the muscle and you
can press pretty firm in there actually
and you'll feel there's more bone and
hard stuff in here but you can still
press in all of this so I go this way
and I'm actually doing it a little bit
fast but like this and most people's
faces have enough grease on them that
they can you don't have to use lotion
you could put lotion or something on
here or grapeseed oil works really well
but if you don't want to clog your skin
up you could just use your fingers and
just make sure you wash your face later
once you see how there's like the bone
and then right underneath the bone
you're gonna push push push I also like
circles here like this I'm going like
oh I forgot this point on top of the
shoulder so the other thing is this
point really right here is really good
for jaw tension also uh you would not
want to use this point if you're
because it stimulates labor but for most
people it's pretty safe so um right here
on top of the shoulder if you look you
see there's the highest point right
there right on the very top or you can
even kind of grab it like that if you
push down straight on the top then
there's usually a really hard tender
spot right there this is called gall
bladder 21 and this is another channel
that runs right up through here and runs
right through the jaw and it actually
runs through the side of the head as
well so it's really good for stress and
tension in general it's usually pretty
soaring those people you could just kind
of like go across the top of the muscle
here and open it up so let's see okay so
then you can see I'm already already
from where we were pushing in here then
the next thing is this muscle right here
a lot of people get headaches in here a
lot of people get headaches from from
pain and tension right it's called the
temporalis muscle and it's a fan-shaped
muscle it goes through here
so you actually when you're talking and
chewing are using this muscle so even if
you like talk to yourself a little bit
right now and put your finger on it you
can kind of feel it moving around right
so same thing is that you can cop do
little circles and I'm pressing pretty
firm like you can see my skin's moving
around right like I'm this is me moving
my hair this is me moving my skin right
so there's a fair amount of pressure in
there there's not a lot of tissue this
muscle is kind of thin so you have to
push like super hard but you want to
feel it you want to feel the sore spots
so you're gonna just kind of go and you
could do both sides at the same time if
you wanted to I like to kind of do one
side at a time and just because both
sides though they'll be different
so you can go and then I would stop
right about like this part of the ear
cuff that you're not really doing much
so just kind of think if you look at the
top part of your ear here you maybe you
draw a little line with your finger
that's probably about where I would stop
but you know you can just feel around in
there there's no like you're not gonna
hurt yourself
but you feel like oh right there oh it's
really sore so you're looking for sore
spots when you find the sore spot you
can actually press on it and hold you
don't have to move right past it I like
to kind of warm things up by doing like
the little circles slowly that guy was
showing you and then go okay there's a
sore spot so I'm gonna sit there I'm
gonna kind of hold on it
I like okay I'm holding I'm holding I'm
holding oh you know what okay it's not
it's not as strong now right like the
tension is kind of relieving well rather
than leaving that spot you can actually
press in a little bit further so each
muscle has about five layers of these of
these little glue spots where there
there's soreness and tension and so you
can often sink into that same spot
depending on the muscle and a bunch of
different things at least a couple times
so I'm like going in here oh yeah okay
there's a sore spot right there and I'm
just gonna hold it and a lot of these
spots are actually acupressure points
anyway but and you can go and I uh move
your jaw mine cracks well die while I'm
doing this and just feel like what does
it feel like when I go does that relieve
tension does it make things worse is
anyone getting like a headache from this
anyone getting dizzy feeling anything
that's not good okay perfect
plenty of sore spots, yeah exactly so
there's a lot to do so like I said five
minutes the five minutes is actually
kind of a long time so if you're just
like doing all these things five minutes
should be pretty good you do
twice a day if you want to do probably
unless you want couldn't do that um
let's see uh okay so now here's the big
stuff so these are all really important
then if you're able to see but inside
I'm going to show you the inside of my
mouth because that's the kind of person
I am
but there's muscles on the inside here
that are a different set of muscles knew
these outside ones and these are a main
culprit and jaw tension and they do not
feel good to work on them they hurt
however the the gold is in there right
so if you look in your mouth and you go
in the mirror you will see two lines and
they look if you ever see a ghost skull
like on a cartoon talking you can kind
of see these lines right like you can
also open your mouth and go under your
cheekbone and push straight back in and
you'll find a really sore spot in there
did anyone find that spot I don't know
if this is showing out mine camera but
yeah even if you close your mouth and
push back like this you can kind of find
it okay so this muscle is called the
pterygoid it's got a really weird
spelling it's like PT e ry g OID and I'm
just telling you the names of the
muscles in that but it matters to know
them but some people were like wanna
nerd out and go look up all this stuff
and once you know the names and what
you're looking for it's easier to find
other techniques design I don't know
so this guy here's the deal you kind of
have to open your mouth to get to it a
bit like you can get to without opening
your mouth but to really get on it and
you got to open your mouth but if you
open it too wide then you're causing a
lot of tension I can't really push on a
muscle that's super tense right so you
want to open it wide enough to get in
there but not so wide that it's creating
tension so it's kind of like a slack jar
like like if you were to like a mouth
breather here's kind of hanging huh
that's that's kind of the right bit for
it you could do this on the insider
mouth if I do this my patients I put
gloves on and go inside there and I just
hold so I'm going to show you so then
I'm going to talk with
it hurts like a lot so I'm pressing
pretty firm you can press more firm if
you go inside your mouth because you're
not pushing through your cheek but for
your purposes like even for me I know
how hard you have to push on this muscle
it's pretty it's pretty intense
like even on myself I'm not gonna do it
that hard just because it's like oh
however it's really worth it
so usually after you press down one side
you'll feel that this whole side kind of
opens and you're gonna do both sides and
it feels almost like a bone for most
people like it's a muscle but it feels
very solid in there but there's a little
bit of get which is how you can tell
it's not a bone and when you come down
so there's a bone here and a bone here
so it's in between these two bones and
just feel ,oww, and then I like to open
and close a little bit and kind of
stretch it while I'm doing it
so like a minute tops you know 30
seconds on each side probably should
actually do it and I found that when I
have this done on me which is really
uncomfortable it's like I can almost see
colors better afterwards or something it
opens up so much so this like you could
just massage this if you didn't want to
do any of this other stuff you just were
like kata my jaws killing me right now
and I just want to fix it you could just
go for this but to really be like super
effective because all these muscles work
together there's no such thing as just
these muscles like I'm talking in this
whole time and all of these muscles are
doing this job right so there's a lot
going on in here so that's why I showed
you all these other things to do okay so
we showed you the pterygoid
I showed you the masseter muscle um the
other thing is you can kind of do some
pressure points in here you can press on
the outside of the eye like there's a
bone right here and you can kind of push
up against the bone so if you go to like
the tip of your eyebrow and then kind of
drop your finger down for me there's a
really tender hole right there
and then you can drop your finger down
even underneath that and there's like a
spot there and this is the base where
the masseter muscle goes and you can
come all the way back and then right in
front of the ear from your little ear
flap here if you open slightly same
thing with this you want to like kind of
relax open you'll feel there's some
holes in there and then you can put some
firm pressure in there we've seen how my
fingers kind of dropping in when I do
that so there's some acupressure points
in there the other thing is right behind
the ear there's a little spot here where
you kind of like push in towards the jaw
this is Sanjiao seventeen or triple
warmer 17 there's a pretty sore spot
back there and then the other thing I
like to do is actually pull down on the
ear you can pull straight down and then
you can pull out and see if you notice
that that opens up the jaw okay how are
people's jaws feeling and are there any
okay that must be pretty straightforward
this so I'll just show you two other things
Brian types in"I was going to see my doctor about my jaw but this is helping"
oh good Brian yeah I mean
your regular doctor probably isn't
gonna have a lot to tell you about your
job a dentist is usually gonna have more
to tell you but at least doctors can
sometimes refer you to physical
therapy and stuff. Reading: I mean anything
that points make you nauseous
okay so if you're feeling nauseous
usually it just means you're doing too
right and for like right now with times
or anxieties are really high when you're
working in the upper body
it sometimes is bringing the energy up
too much also there's a lot of toxins
like toxins as a broad term but just
will go with it for right now
they get released so it's actually
really important to drink water
afterwards or even during because we're
breaking up the glue that's actually
creating tension in here and that glue
is a metabolic waste and has to go into
the lymph so some people feel nauseous
for that reason some people I mean
there's a lot of things like these
channels all have emotions related to
them the jaw has all kinds of tension in
it that's could be related to like all
kinds of issues so there could be 500
different answers if it's only when you
push on ones spot Jasmine what spot is
it that you're pushing on is it wake up
in the jaw somewhere I can see you . Jasmine" by
coronavirus style oh it's it's in here" -Points to triple warmer 17-
the one back here yeah yeah at that
point is a pretty strong point and I
would say that like if you makes you
feel nauseous just don't do it it's kind
of a weird like it kind of gets the
salivary glands a little bit so it's not
missing this one's fine on this side
it's just the one side you could play
with it I mean it's your body I don't
feel like there's any wrong way to do
this but I will say that sometimes if
you get nauseous or dizzy while you're
doing this like I have seen people pass
out now usually that's if they're
they're sick or something else so um
make sure you're sitting down I don't
think it's gonna happen to you but just
know like hey dizzy like okay take some
deep breaths drink some water and stops
like there's no you don't have to keep
you don't have to keep going right yeah
so yeah make sure you drink water after
this okay
last thing I want to show you because
this is gonna kick me off here in a
minute is I'm PNF stretching so there's
stretching called proprio neural
receptive something or the other I never
remember it but P N F and essentially
what you're doing is you're gonna go
into a stretch so like that's a stretch
for my jaw right and you're gonna resist
the stretch so I'm gonna try to push my
jaw up out of the stretch so I'm going
this way so I'm pushing this way but I'm
only pushing like 20% and I'm trying to
keep it open about 20% so it's not about
trying it really hard it's just about
getting some some movement in there and
you can also try to bring push your
finger down and I still try to bring
your jaw so like I'm trying to close my
jaw and then I'm going to keep me from
doing it with my finger here and you're
gonna do it for six seconds so try to
open high six and then try to close one
two three four five six and then that
tricks the muscles into releasing a
little bit so and you can look up let's
find out the best explanation of it but
and you can do the same thing with your
neck muscles so you're going into the
stretch and then resisting stretch
basically with whatever it is that
you're doing it works extremely well
okay I think that's it
make sure you drink lots of water wash
your hands afterwards um I'm gonna put
this up on YouTube and I will try to
work on the closed captioning as soon as
I can so that are hearing impaired
people can get with it as well alright
thanks everyone and you're welcome thank
you bye

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