NEW! I’m announcing the dates for the next round of classes! We’ll meet on Zoom on Thursdays in February 2021, 7:30-8:30 pm Central time. To hold your place in the class, click the button below.
Your journey to a pain-free jaw starts here.
You’re on the verge of making a big shift, no matter how long you’ve experienced jaw issues.
You are about to learn to apply advanced therapeutic techniques to yourself without needing years of training.
And in just a few weeks, you will experience changes: a more relaxed jaw, easier chewing, a big reduction in pain — and knowledge and skills to serve your self-care and improve your quality of life for years to come.
Let’s make that happen together.
Let’s talk! Schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation with MaryAnn if you have any questions about whether this course is right for you.
Proven steps to eliminate jaw pain.
It’s rarely simple. Nearly always, several factors contribute to your misery. Each of the weekly classes has a different focus as we progress through these four weeks.
It starts with awareness — how do you know when you’re stressed? Could you stop unnecessary stress (about things you can’t control) in the moment? We’ll practice some simple stress reduction techniques, and you’ll find a favorite. You’ll be more resilient. You’ll sleep better. You’ll feel more centered, grounded, and relaxed. So will your head.
Replace the clenching habit.
Clenching is a habit you can change within the four weeks of this course, starting with the first class. Grinding during sleep is a little more involved, but it can be done. Save your teeth and save on dental bills.
Free your body.
Poor posture can contribute to jaw pain. So can dysfunctional movement patterns and a body that needs better alignment. We’ll learn some fun moves to loosen up and use our hands to release shoulder and neck tension.
Work on your jaw muscles.
You’ll learn from a skilled, board-certified massage therapist how to release tension in the muscles that contribute most to your jaw pain, including the small, tight, rarely-touched internal jaw muscles. You’ll do this by looking at images of the bones and muscles, watching a demo, and then being guided to find the right places to touch in your own mouth. You control the pressure — and often gentle pressure is enough.
Maintain your progress.
What can you do to keep your jaws feeling more aligned and spacious? You and MaryAnn, privately on Zoom, go through a suggested self-treatment session and then find a way, based on your needs, to relieve your jaw issues long-term.
- A small class size, ensuring that no one gets lost in the crowd.
- An invitation to join a private Facebook group to connect and communicate in between the weekly classes. (This is not the Word of Mouth group. The Self-Help for Jaw Pain group is only for those taking the course.)
If creating lasting relief for your own jaw pain motivates you to improve your quality of life, this course is for you.
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Can I talk to MaryAnn before signing up?
Yes! The best way is for you to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation. MaryAnn will call you at the appointed time.
When does this course meet?
This 4-class course meets on Zoom every Thursday, starting February 4 and ending February 25, 2021. Each of the four classes lasts an hour, starting at 8:30 Eastern, 7:30 pm Central, 6:30 Mountain, and 5:30 Pacific time.
How many people will be taking this course?
It’s limited to 12 students, and the minimum for the class to make is six.
I can’t make these dates and times. Will you offer it again?
It depends on demand. To be notified if that happens, join MaryAnn’s email list.
Are there any prerequisites or requirements for taking this course?
To help with habit change, you’ll need 5 or 6 wooden coffee stir sticks. Disposable wooden chopsticks will also suffice.
You’ll need short fingernails and tissues. For working in your mouth, you’ll need freshly washed hands or nitrile gloves (commonly available online for delivery and at pharmacies)
You may wish to keep a journal throughout the course to note changes.
How can you teach advanced manual therapy techniques online?
You’ll have expert guidance for the external and intraoral manual therapy. Using Zoom, MaryAnn demonstrates where to touch on a model of a skull and on herself. She verbally guides you where to place your finger. You will see it modeled, hear the instructions, and learn what to feel inside your mouth to know you’re touching the right place.
I’m already in your Word of Mouth Facebook group. Will this course include new material?
Yes. This is a hands-on, experiential self-treatment course. You will learn how to treat your own jaw and related issues — using your own hands. If you’ve read the units, you will be familiar with some of the material.
How can I come out of this course with an amazing success story?
It’s simple. Show up for each class ready to learn and do the work. Ask questions if you don’t understand.
In addition, to speed your progress, accept the challenge to practice your skills outside of class.
You can also participate in the Facebook group. It’s not required but you’ll have access to supplemental material we won’t have time to cover in class.
Can this course help with severe jaw issues?
Because stress, habit, and muscle tension patterns are nearly universal companions for jaw pain, practically everyone can experience a reduction in tension and pain from receiving intraoral manual treatment or learning to treat themselves.
However, some TMJ issues, such as advanced disc degeneration, require intervention beyond the scope of this course. Schedule a phone consultation with MaryAnn if you’re unsure.
I’ve experienced trauma in the past. Should I take this course?
Sometimes trauma, abuse, or a deeply stressful situation, in which a person was coerced by fear of consequences into remaining silent, can affect the jaw, especially through a clenching habit.
MaryAnn hasn’t seen any studies on this — it’s based on anecdotal evidence from clients. Sometimes they’ve said their jaw issues started after a stressful event occurred. Sometimes they’ve forgotten, and it comes back to them in the process of treatment.
Because the body stores unresolved trauma, bodywork can sometimes initiate a trauma release process. For more on this, read The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk.
How will you know if this happens to you? You may experience memories and emotions associated with the difficulty that have been repressed.
Nearly all of the time when old traumas resurface like this, the person is ready to face them. Time has passed and the situation has changed. You have more resources now.
If this happens, breathe through the discomfort, which will dissipate within a couple of minutes. If you need more help, tell MaryAnn.
You may want to write in your journal or have a supportive friend you can turn to if needed.
How much time will I need to implement these new skills each week?
Please count on attending the class each week.
Beyond that, it depends on what your specific jaw issues are.
If you clench, you can change that habit, but it will require your attention several times a day until the habit has been replaced in a few weeks.
If you grind during your sleep, it’s more complicated. MaryAnn can guide you to several resources.
If you experience too much stress, you’ll become more aware of it and can employ a technique or two to reduce stress. If you can’t remember what it feels like to be relaxed, MaryAnn can guide you to resources.
If you have structural asymmetries, that also takes awareness and regular practices to address. MaryAnn can provide guidance here. She’s also open to suggestions from other students from their own experience.
You’ll get the biggest benefit from practicing the manual therapy techniques 2-3 times between each class. Even 5-10 minutes can provide relief.
What if I can’t make a class in the series?
There are no make-up classes, but each class will be recorded on Zoom, and the video will be posted in the private Facebook group.
What is the cost?
The fee for the winter 2021 course is $347 (US). If you need a payment plan, let MaryAnn know.
If there’s anything else you need to know, shoot an email to email@example.com or schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation with MaryAnn.
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