Treating TMJ issues: the throat chakra

The mouth and jaw are part of the throat chakra. This fifth chakra is associated with creativity and self-expression, truth, and speaking and listening.

TMJ symptoms can signal that you are having issues with communication, even with your own internal communication.

This chakra is also associated with the thyroid gland, and fear of speaking out may be connected to thyroid problems.

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One TMJ client told me that her jaw pain began when she was in a bad marriage she couldn’t get out of soon enough.

Another said her symptoms began after she experienced sexual abuse as a teenager. Shock and fear of possible consequences if you tell someone can result in tension being held in the jaw.

For both these women, they didn’t have the freedom and support to safely express themselves at the time. They had to suppress their words and feelings to survive. I’m grateful I was able to help them release the difficult past from their systems.

I don’t believe this is the case for everyone with TMJ symptoms, but it’s a rich area to explore. There are a lot of meditations available when you Google “throat chakra meditation”.

I like these:

If you could speak or write your truth freely, in your own authentic voice (even if it’s shaky), what would you say? Who would you say it to?

Do you have a favorite practice to open and clear your throat chakra?

Zero Balancing + Biodynamics = Wellness

Many, but by no means all, of my bodywork clients receive a combination of two modalities that I offer, Zero Balancing and Biodynamics. If you read my Happy Clients page, they have often given good feedback about this combination.

If you’re not familiar with these two modalities, both are done with the recipient fully clothed and for the most part lying on you back. I offer a table warmer and blanket if you need warmth.

I usually start these combination sessions with Zero Balancing, but I can end with it if you need high energy for your next activity. Most people enjoy relaxing after a session, and I usually end with Biodynamics.

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What is Biodynamics?

Biodynamics is a western approach to wellness. Osteopath William Sutherland (1873-1954) began exploring the dynamics of the skull and its membranes and fluids, establishing the field of cranial osteopathy, from which craniosacral therapy and biodynamics evolved.

After years of sitting quietly with patients, listening to their body-mind systems, Sutherland and other cranial osteopaths became aware that something other than tissue manipulation was helping their patients heal from all kinds of conditions. They learned over time that the more they just listened and the less they tried to do, the more their patients’ inherent healing processes took over, returning their systems to healthier functioning. Over time they learned how to support and augment the healing process with their presence, attention, discernment, and intent.

This way of healing came to be called craniosacral biodynamics, biodynamic craniosacral therapy, or just biodynamics. As a separate modality from cranial osteopathy, it’s been in existence for nearly 40 years. Although biodynamics shares some elements with biomechanical craniosacral therapy, it focuses more on perceptual awareness of the fields in and around us.

Biodynamics resonates with Buddhist and Taoist beliefs about emptiness, form, transformation, compassion, and oneness.