4. Connect With the Pelvic Floor
The jaw has an intimate relationship with the pelvic floor. When one is tight, the other tends to be as well. Sometimes issues in one area need to be addressed at the other end.
In order to explore this relationship, sit or lie down comfortably. Try to notice your pelvic floor, which is a net of muscles like a diaphragm or trampoline that surrounds your genitals and supports your pelvic organs. As you breathe in a relaxed way, it should gently descend as you inhale and softly lift as you exhale.
Now notice your soft palate at the back of your throat. Imagine lining it up with the pelvic floor so that the soft palate is the top and the pelvic floor is the bottom of a long soft balloon. Take some long, deep, conscious breaths, noticing this balloon expanding and relaxing. The soft palate won’t move the way the pelvic floor does, but you may notice their connection. As you soften your pelvic floor, see if your jaw responds as well. Then focus on your jaw, and notice if your pelvic floor has a response.