Practice 47 – The Jaw and Suspension

The Jaw and Suspension

In this practice, you are going to explore and experience the impact of what is happening in your jaw in suspension.

This is to help you see how you may or may not be holding tension in your jaw, that actually inhibits the weight of your body from sinking down into your feet.

Or you will see how your movement is more jittery and less fluid, due to your jaw holding your body in a state of tension.  You will discover that as your breathe, connect and allow yourself to settle into your body, your movement and step forward should feel more connected to the ground!

1. Put yourself into the left leg (front leg forward) suspension position in the clockface, as per Practice 13

2. Put your pelvis correctly into a sagittal, frontal and transverse plane in the above position, so your direction is towards 1 O’Clock

3. Have your ribcage facing 11 O’Clock, again correctly in the 3 planes of movement.  So: 

Sagittal Plane, your ribcage will be lifting up, Frontal Plane, your left side of ribcage will sea-saw down towards left leg forward, transverse, your ribcage will go towards 11 O’Clock as your pelvis goes towards 1 O’Clock

4. You can test this with your front leg arm-stretching backwards or downwards and back leg arm-stretching forwards or upwards.

4. Now bring your attention to your jaw and tense it.  

5. With a tight jaw move slowly in and out of the suspension movement. Notice how it feels in your neck, ribcage and the rest of your body.  Can you feel the contraction or jittery movement?  Could this be normal for you?

6. Now do the same movement, but this time with a relaxed open jaw and take the in-breath as you sink into your front leg, and out-breath as you come back to neutral.

8. Now repeat this with your right leg forward, which will require your pelvis to face towards 11 O’Clock, Ribcage towards 1 O’Clock.

9. Can you feel the connection and how gravity is helped or hindered in your body, depending on what is happening with your jaw?