Stressed Out? Jaw massage

When you're stressed out do you clench your jaw? If you answered yes you are not alone, because at least there are two of us. It's an unconscious habit and when I am stressed it can get bad. Even a little painful. Here's what I do in those moments and you should try it too.

Make fists with both of your hands and put your knuckles just under your cheek bones. Move your knuckles up and down, then side to side. Try different places between your cheek bone and your jaw bone. Chances are, you will find little pockets of tightness just waiting to be massaged.

Then allow your jaw to drop and take a nice big yawn — this gives the area a bit of a stretch and will get some much needed oxygen to your brain.

Fit's Tip: The jaw joint was made to move up and down, not side to side; so don't wiggle your chin from side to side.

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