Day 118: More on Self-Massages for Super-Aging: Jaw Joint Massage and Gua Sha Chinese Facial Massage

During the extremely busy years as a spiritual guide in Norway, I often had jaw pain and it often reflected into the outside of the thigh. Massaging both spots relieved the aching. My Scandinavian doctor rolled his eyes when I mentioned this. He had no advice for either pains. Yesterday’s post included a soft (and sexy?) lymphatic massage that I am sure can relieve this kind of pain.

From Tight Jaw… https://www.healthline.com/health/tight-jaw#massage

It appears that the jaw is one of the places where it is easy to store stress.  The suggested walking, meditation and deep breathing I was doing wasn’t enough to relieve the stress of being “on” from 7:30 am to 10:30 pm.  My suggestion is to take time to regenerate and be involved with giving and taking. Ah, to learn balance hasn’t always been easy for me. And I hear so many others talking about their need to create balance.

This online reference suggests: “Massaging your jaw may help increase blood flow and reduce muscle tightness. You can try this by opening your mouth and gently rubbing the muscles next to your ears in a circular motion. This is the area where the temporo-mandibular joints are located. Try this several times a day, including right before bed.”

The following facial massage is a Chinese tradition. This is a quick teaching video. I’ve only done the process two times and I intend to add this to my Super-Aging regime:

Here is another reference that is a longer demonstration of this Chinese wisdom for beauty and health:  

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