Frequently asked questions.

Can I talk to MaryAnn before scheduling a session?

Yes! The best way is for you to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation. MaryAnn will call you at the appointed time.

Are there any requirements for doing the self-treatment on Zoom?

You will need a Zoom account, and MaryAnn will send you the link shortly before your session. She will send you a link to the video after the session.

MaryAnn, although highly trained in bodywork, can use layman’s language rather than anatomical jargon — unless you request jargon! You don’t need any training in bodywork to benefit.

For working in your mouth, you’ll need short fingernails and tissues, and of course, freshly washed hands.

There are several ways to learn the relaxed jaw habit, and they involve repetition until your body adapts the new way. We’ll come up with something simple that works for you.

How can you teach advanced manual therapy techniques online?

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 for inside your mouth to know you’re touching the right place.

She checks in with you frequently, and she values your input at any time during the session.

I’m already in your Word of Mouth Facebook group. Does a TMJ Relief session on Zoom include new material? 

Yes. This is a hands-on, experiential self-treatment session. You learn how to treat your own jaw and related issues — using your own hands. If you’ve read the guides MaryAnn posted in the Word of Mouth Facebook group, you will be familiar with some of the material.

How can I come out of this with an amazing success story?

It’s simple. Be deeply committed to improving your quality of life — because you’re worth it.

Be ready to learn and do the work. You’re probably a beginner at treating your internal jaw muscles, so be kind and patient with yourself. Ask questions if you don’t understand.

Afterwards, use the Zoom video to work on yourself when your jaw tells you it needs it.

If you have questions afterwards, you can schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation.

Can a TMJ Relief session on Zoom 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 disc degeneration that can occur after years of tension, clenching, and/or grinding, 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, and I wonder if it’s related to my jaw pain. Should I sign up for a session?

Sometimes trauma, abuse, or a deeply stressful situation can exacerbate jaw pain.

MaryAnn hasn’t seen any studies on this — it’s based on anecdotal evidence from clients, many of whom have said their jaw issues started after a stressful time or a trauma occurred.

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 stress or trauma that have been repressed.

This may happen during or after the session. You may feel like you’re suspended in both the past and the present.

When old traumas resurface like this, the person is usually ready to face them. Remember that time has passed and the situation has changed.

You have developed more resources since then.

This re-experiencing of the past will gradually give way to the present.

If this happens to you, breathe through the discomfort, which will dissipate on its own, usually within a few minutes.

Talking to a trusted friend or a therapist and journaling about it can be helpful.

If there’s anything else you need to know, shoot an email to or schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation with MaryAnn.

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