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Summer plans

I will be away from my office Wednesday, June 5, through Friday, June 15 while I travel to Canada to take an advanced TMJ Mastery course, visit an old friend, and do a little traveling.

I will likely be revamping my TMJ Relief Program after that training. Look for an announcement here as well as in my summer newsletter. To subscribe, email mareynolds27@gmail.com with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line.

I’ll also be away from Tuesday, July 30, through Friday, August 9, serving as a teaching assistant for a Nightwalking class in Taos and exploring a bit more of New Mexico.

My online booking program will not let you schedule appointments when I am away from the office, so you don’t need to remember these dates.

New: extended evening hours

I’ve been intensifying my yoga practice for the past few months, working with some amazing teachers, and since my yoga classes are mostly on weekday mornings, which cuts into my office hours, I’ve decided to stay open later three days a week.

Yes, I am totally going to be one of those amazing old ladies that are adept at yoga.

A few people have requested this, and I’m making it happen!

New hours:

  • Tuesday: open until 7 pm
  • Wednesday: open until 8 pm
  • Tuesday: open until 7 pm

Friday hours will remain the same, open until 6 pm.

I started practicing yoga (asana) in the early 1980s, when it wasn’t nearly as popular as it is now. It was particularly helpful after a 1996 car accident and again when I did sedentary work. Now I love doing it for the strength, flexibility, alignment, balance, awareness, and good company of fellow yogis.

Yoga has given me resources in my bodywork practice that I am deeply grateful for. I believe it opens up the body’s energy channels to deepen presence and experience oneness — yoga means union. It makes a great companion to meditation.

How to Work with Me

If you are feeling sluggish, stiff, depleted, head achy, jaw achy, face achy, stressed, tense, hurting, lacking vitality, needing nurturing touch or to be listened to at a deep level, I can help. Also, many folks are just plain curious about receiving these special modalities I offer — craniosacral therapy, biodynamics, and Zero Balancing.

You can peruse my website or click Book An Appointment! and book your session online, start a monthly subscription (save $15 per session if you purchase this before June 21), schedule your free 30-minute TMJ Relief consultation, get started with the 5-session TMJ Relief program, buy 6-session packages for 45 or 75 minutes, and buy a discounted gift certificate for a Heavenly Head Massage for that person who really needs one — including yourself.

NEW! If you have any questions, you can now schedule a phone consultation of up to 15 minutes. Because my ringer is usually off (I’m working or got too darn many robocalls), this is an easy way for us to set aside time to chat on the phone. You schedule the phone consultation as you would schedule an appointment, and I will call you at the appointed time so we can chat.

I appreciate you, and I want to help! 

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Trivia of the day: Did you know that Ida Rolf — who contributed so much to American manual therapy there’s a whole body of work called Rolfing — was a yogi? According to my source, she called it “yog” in the manner where the final “a” is dropped in Sanskrit.

TMJ Relief: Some medications cause jaw clenching

I have recently become aware that some widely used pharmaceutical medications cause jaw clenching and grinding as side effects.

The best known are in a class called SSRIs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, commonly prescribed for depression. I’m sure you’ve heard of Prozac (fluoxetine). Here are some other SSRIs:

  • Zoloft (sertraline)
  • Celexa (citalopram)
  • Lexapro (escitalopram)
  • Paxil and Pexeva (paroxetine and paroxetine CR)
  • Viibryd (vilazodone)
  • Luvox (fluvoxamine and fluvoxamine CR)

In addition, antipsychotics like Haldol are said to cause bruxism. Symbyax, which is Prozac plus the antipsychotic Zyprexa (fluoxetine + olanzapine), is also on the list.

In general, if you take any medications in these categories and you are clenching or grinding your teeth, talk to your doctor about alternatives: psychotropics, dopamine agonists, antihistaminergics, and psychostimulants.

Cigarette smoking, caffeine, alcohol, and recreational drugs all may increase the risk of bruxism, studies have found. 

I recently learned that there’s an alternative to pharmaceuticals for treating depression and other mental disorders. It’s called TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) and it works with your brain waves (rather than the chemical approach using particles).

I know one integrative MD in Austin who offers it, and your insurance may cover it for depression. To learn more, please connect with Oak Hill Wellness Center. They even offer a free TMS consultation.

It’s been approved by the FDA to treat depression and migraines, and it’s also being used to treat anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Asperger syndrome, TBI, ADHD, and more.

One more bit of info: I had a new TMJ Relief patient who was taking an SSRI for depression. I treated her and gave her the info above, but unlike others I’ve treated, she didn’t notice a difference at the end of the session.

However, she emailed me the next day to tell me that for the first time in a while, she woke up without severe jaw pain and headache.

So even if you are taking an SSRI and have jaw pain, one of my TMJ Relief sessions (or even better, the 5-sessions-in-4-weeks program) can help, and meanwhile you can be investigating alternatives.

Join our class, Relaxed Jaw: Learn How to Unwind Tension, Pain, and Grinding

Siri Scull, certified hypnotist, coach, and nutritionist, and I (MaryAnn Reynolds, LMT, board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork, provider of TMJ relief sessions) are offering a free class on April 1, 7:30-8:45 pm at Soma Vida.

This first class is free, and we ask that you claim a ticket on Eventbrite so we can be sure to have enough seating for everyone.

This (optional) class serves as an introduction to our 4-class series offered remotely via Zoom on April 8, 15, 22, and 29 at the same time period.

This 4-class series includes:
~ Hypnotic visualizations to help you unwind tightness
~ Specialized exercises and techniques to soften the jaw
~ Nutritional & supplement suggestions to promote relaxation
~ Best sleep practices to promote a relaxed jaw
~ Ongoing support as you change habits on a conscious and unconscious level

The tuition is $149 for the 4-class series taught over Zoom. Save $25 if you bring a friend! You may pay MaryAnn via PayPal (paypal.me/maryannreynolds) or Venmo (www.venmo.com/MaryAnn-Reynolds-1) at the April 1st meeting or before April 8 to secure your spot.

Class is taught by Mary Ann Reynolds, MS, LMT, board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork, providing TMJ Relief sessions and packages, AND Siri Scull, NC CHt, certified Hypnotherapist, Coach, and Nutritional Counselor specializing in habit change.

Learn more about the instructors at maryannreynolds.com and siriwellness.com

Contact me, MaryAnn Reynolds, at mareynolds27@gmail.com or (512)-507-4184 (leave VM or text) if you have any questions.

We hope to see you at our informational meeting on April 1, or via Zoom for the class series, or both!