In my work (bodywork), I’ve been focusing on helping people with TMJ (jaw) pain and dysfunction.
I offer sessions that are as comfortable and soothing as possible: the scent of essential oils to relax, a soft table to lie on, the sounds of ocean waves, hand signals, pauses, tissues, whatever is needed. I work as gently as possible, integrating techniques from massage and craniosacral therapy, to create ease and spaciousness in the TMJs.
It usually takes several sessions to create lasting relief, but after just one session, the results can be dramatic: less pain, the ability to open the mouth wider, more balance between the two joints.
Education is part of this work: I’d like for everyone (especially dentists and dental hygienists) to know that massage therapists (with advanced training) can relieve jaw pain and dysfunction using external and intra-oral techniques. My work blog has some informative posts.