Everyone holds stress in different areas of their body. For some people it’s neck and shoulders, others it can be in the lower back.
Yours truly likes to hold her tension in her jaw.
I have a tendency to clench my teeth when I am stressed. I don’t grind my teeth at night but I actually catch myself during the day at times, clenching my teeth. The condition is called Bruxism and it’s defined as “the habit of unconsciously gritting or grinding the teeth especially in situations of stress or during sleep”.
The alarming part came when one day I realized that my jaw was totally out of alignment. When I closed my teeth together – they didn’t line up.
Yikes! That is one bizarre feeling.
I did some research and found that this is a common side effect when left untreated. Typically a bite guard at night is recommended but I don’t really do it in my sleep. When I would wake up, my bite was normal and in alignment.
I decided to do some work on releasing some of the tension in the muscles in my face. There are 43 muscles in the face. I began doing some daily massage and working any areas that were more sore than others. I also started to really focus on stress reduction in general. My jaw and face were definitely more relaxed and then I saw an article about Face Yoga. I actually giggled and rolled my eyes when I first saw it. I did some more research and thought, what the heck!