I practice acupressure and teach people how to address discomforts with self-acupressure and body awareness. Recently, I taught a class on relaxing your jaw; here are a couple of tips that could help my fellow braces-wearers. You can see the full blog here.
Clenching teeth and holding tension in the jaw can lead to discomforts like headaches, neck and shoulder tightness, and TMJ.
Here are some tips to help relax the jaw.
Tongue to Roof of Mouth
I learned this in yoga. Gently allow the tip of your tongue to float up to the roof of your mouth. Your jaw should naturally drop and relax. You can try this any time you notice that you are clenching your teeth or furrowing your brow.
Acu Point: HOKU
This is one of the best overall stress-relieving points. Holding this point on the top of the hand can help with relieving so many discomforts–insomnia, headaches, constipation, shoulder and neck tension–that could be causing or exacerbated by tension in the jaw. Read on.