• Headache Pain Relief Through Gentle Massage – Part 2
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    Level of challenge:

    • Easy

    Benefits:

    • Quickly relieve tension in the jaw and temporal areas as a natural headache remedy
    • Allow more freedom for cerebrospinal fluid to flow and circulate
    • Overall relaxation of your entire being

    Set-up:

    • Masseter area (jaw area)
      • Place pads of fingers onto the sides of the jaw
      • Clench teeth and feel the area for the masseter muscle that pops out
    • Temporal area (side of head area)
      • Place palms on the sides of the head
      • Clench teeth and feel the whole side of your head for the temporalis muscle when it contracts

    Movement:

    • Masseter
      • Clench your teeth for 5 seconds and feel the masseter contract on both sides of the jaw, then relax
      • After finding where the entire masseter muscle is, place the pads of your fingers on the masseter just below the cheekbone
      • Gently press IN towards the center of the skull and UP towards the cheek bone
      • While holding the gentle pressure, now slowly stroke the muscle fibers toward the ear
      • Continue this same massage throughout the entire masseter muscle area
    • Temporalis
      • Clench your teeth for 5 seconds and feel the temporalis muscle contract on both sides of the head, then relax
      • After finding where the entire temporalis muscle is, place the pads of your fingers on the top side of the cheekbone
      • Gently press IN towards the center of the skull and UP towards the cheek bone
      • While holding the gentle pressure, now slowly stroke the muscle fibers toward the ear
      • Continue this same massage throughout the entire temporalis muscle area on the side of the head

    Recommended use:

    •  3 – 5 sets of isometric contractions (clenching teeth for 5 seconds and opening jaw for 5 seconds)
    • Massage both sides of the jaw and sides of head for at least 1 minute

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