We are part of a society that marches to the pulse of stress, and many of us feel those effects in the muscles of our faces and jaws. In fact, according to research published in February by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 10 to 15 percent of people in the U.S. currently suffer from some form of temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
In addition to feeling good and being good for skin, facial massage can play a role in counteracting the effects of stress.
If you don’t already include jaw work in sessions, you can easily introduce facial massage to an existing session or create a separate session out of it. My clients include singers and actors, who rely highly on their voice as their instrument, so any help in the maintenance and repair of that instrument is not only greatly appreciated, but crucial to their livelihood. The day-to-day wear and tear of grinding teeth, or even bad dental work, can make the average person let out a cry of relief with any attention you pay to the jaw, attaching muscles and the face overall.