David Zemach-Bersin

TMJ Health: Sensory Motor Exercises for Mouth and Jaw Health

More than 10 million people in the U.S. suffer from jaw tension or dysfunction (TMJ syndrome). Millions more experience headaches, eyestrain, neck, shoulder and back problems which are directly related to mouth and jaw extension. TMJ Healthoffers 10 proven 25-minute Awareness Through Movementexercises which effectively address every important aspect of mouth and jaw functioning.

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With Mark Reese and David Zemach-Bersin

More than 10 million people in the U.S. suffer from jaw tension or dysfunction (TMJ syndrome). Millions more experience headaches, eyestrain, neck, shoulder and back problems which are directly related to mouth and jaw extension. TMJ Healthoffers 10 proven 25-minute Awareness Through Movementexercises which effectively address every important aspect of mouth and jaw functioning.
The gentle movements can be done laying down or sitting in a chair. Uncover the habits that have contributed to your discomfort and learn new movement patterns that will melt away pain.

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These innovative Awareness Through Movementlessons were designed specifically for people with TMJ Syndrome and problems of the mouth and jaw. They systematically address and improve every aspect of mouth and jaw functioning and have been used in physical therapy and dental clinics throughout the U.S. Often symptoms can disappear within days of beginning the exercises and in most cases it will eliminate the need for further measures. However, if additional medical intervention is needed, this series can help you to enhance awareness and create new movement patterns that will increase the chances of treatment success.

What are the signs and symptoms?

A variety of symptoms may be linked to TMJ disorders. Pain, particularly in the chewing muscles and/or jaw joint, is the most common symptom. Other likely symptoms include:

  • radiating pain in the face, jaw, or neck
  • jaw muscle stiffness,
  • limited movement or locking of the jaw
  • painful clicking, popping or grating in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth
  • a change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together
The TMJ Health exercises are:
  1. Introduction
  2. Primary Movements of the Jaw
  3. Clarifying Movements of the Tongue
  4. Exploring Movements of the Lips
  5. The Neck-Jaw Connection
  6. The Head-Jaw Connection
  7. The Spine-Jaw Connection
  8. The Eye-Jaw Connection
  9. TMJ Health Through Visualization
  10. Your Body's Power Center
  11. Putting It All Together
David Zemach-Bersin is one of Dr. Feldenkrais’s first American students, and a graduate of Feldenkrais’s first U.S. training, in San Francisco in 1977. David studied with Dr Feldenkrais from 1973-1984 in the U.S., England and Israel. He is recognized for his Functional Integration skills and his devotion to sharing Dr. Feldenkrais's original teaching.

In addition to studies with Dr. Feldenkrais, David studied extensively in Israel and the U.S. with Gaby Yaron, one of Feldenkrais’s very original students. He directs Feldenkrais Training Programs in New York City and Washington/Baltimore. A graduate of the University of California with extensive postgraduate work in physiological psychology.

David is the co-author of Relaxercise (HarperCollins), and has created a number of popular Feldenkrais audio programs. He is a past president of the Feldenkrais Guild®, co-founder of Feldenkrais Resources, the Feldenkrais Institute of New York and the Feldenkrais Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to research and bringing the Feldenkrais Method to underserved populations. David teaches widely and is creating a virtual center at FeldenkraisAccess.com. David and his wife Kaethe, have three grown children and live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

 

 

Mark Reese, Ph.D.was one of the world's foremost authorities on the Feldenkrais Method. Mark studied with Moshe Feldenkrais in San Francisco, Amherst and Tel-Aviv, and taught practitioners in more than 30 domestic and international Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs. He taught advanced trainings throughout the world, including at both Esalen and the Omega Institute.
 
Mark published extensively on the Feldenkrais Method and related health issues, and is coauthor of Relaxercise (Harper Collins) a best-selling book of Feldenkrais lessons.He also appeared on television and radio. At the time of Marks passing on June 23rd, 2006 Mark was working on a biography of Moshé Feldenkrais.

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