HEALTH & MEDICINE

The TMJ Handbook: A Therapeutic Guide to Relieving Jaw Tension and Pain with Yoga and Mindfulness

Shambhala Mar. 2024. 288p. ISBN 9781645471035. pap. $24.95. HEALTH
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Yoga therapist and mindfulness teacher Shachoy shows readers who grit their teeth through challenging yoga postures how to relieve their jaw tension during their practice. From its overview of jaw-related disorders to an illuminating, detailed explanation of how internal systems work and how yoga, meditation, and other wellness techniques can help, the book is well-organized and carefully illustrated. The title focuses especially on TMJ, which causes pain and soreness in the jaw joints and surrounding ligaments and muscles. Shachoy’s deep knowledge gained through teaching yoga and practicing craniosacral massage, a gentle massage technique, shines throughout, and she is careful to balance her recommendations of alternative healing options with conventional approaches, such as going to the dentist.
VERDICT A solid how-to guide for readers interested in alleviating physical or mental stress via a yoga or mindfulness practice. This book is also a thought-provoking reminder of how interconnected the parts of the body are.
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