Massater Muscle (Jaw Muscle)

Did you know that the strongest muscle in the body based on its weight is the masseter (jaw muscle)?

With all muscles of the jaw working together it can close the teeth with a force as great as 55 pounds (25 kilograms) on the incisors or 200 pounds (90.7 kilograms) on the molars. Amazing! And no wonder it is so painful when it is locked tight!

Stress creates disease - the art of listening heals

Our physiology has equipped us with the ability to fight, flight or freeze in the face of imminent danger. This natural autonomic response served us well in pre-historic times. After the danger was over, we settled back into a rest and digest, nervous system response. But today it’s a different story.

Today our lifestyles, work habits, poor postural habits and weakened resiliency mean that the threats to our nervous system health are exponential – leaving us chronically overstimulated.

It is refreshing to listen to this video in support of a new way of thinking about movement and back pain, relative to stability. Professor Peter O’Sullivan and other world renowned researchers are making waves to dispel the ways that many therapists and movement modalities have been looking at, understanding and approaching core stability.

Brain on Yoga - Interoception

We are quite familiar with the first 7 senses: touch, movement, smell, taste, sight, hearing and balance. But what about the 8th sense of Interoception?

Dr. Anthony Quintiliani describes it as "the conscious detection and perception of sensory signals in the body and on the skin."

He explains that "sensation, as the foundation of emotional experience, is always there in our bodies; however, we are not always fully conscious of its existence or its experiential range."

What does my back going out really mean?

Isn't it curious how we incorrrectly and inappropriately phrase things, leading us to believe that they are actually true? Like this phrase..."my back went out". Like our backs just decide one day to go rogue and go into spasm, or stop supporting us. Hmm...really?

The unique role of a Yoga Therapist is to show clients breathing and movement tools that directly affect their central nervous system and its needs for supportive stimulus. Taking tension and pain away, increasing lightness and functional movement are great outcomes of our sessions, yet the lasting work echoes to the depths of their soma, witness body and subconscious mind.

I work to educate my clients about the nervous system and brain and how that relates to pain and dis-ease. We learn about the mind and its impact and reflection in the body.