On Wednesday, I wrote of my discovery and recovery from jaw and neck pain. Left untreated, tension in your primary jaw muscles, the masseter and temporalis, can lead to dysfunction at the temporomandibular joint, commonly referred to as TMJ. As many young people in this country, I was outfitted with braces from a young age that completely shifted my bite, and as a result, changed the relationship between the soft and hard tissues surrounding my jaw.

If you suffer from jaw pain, neck pain, a clicking jaw or TMJ – try these simple Yoga Tune Up Therapy ball routines that address jaw-related aches and pains.


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Alexandra Ellis

Alexandra Ellis is an Integrated Yoga Tune Up® and The Roll Model® Method Teacher Trainer, RYPT-500 and founder of AE Wellness. Her teaching and studies focus on injury prevention, rehabilitation and wellness, inspired by her studies at UC Davis where she earned a BS in Exercise Biology. With a strong background and keen interest in anatomy and physiology, Alex strives to empower people to improve their health and well being through a personal movement practice and enhanced body awareness.

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Ariana Brandao

I’ll be practicing this sequence myself and will use this information to help craft a sequence for my students!


This reminds me of the time my dentist felt around my jaw and felt the tightness of my masseter and said I should probably try yoga (and is already been practicing for 20+ years). ? love the masseter and temple sequence.


My entire family has to wear nightguards because of teeth grinding. I have constant jaw clicking, so I can’t wait to try and then share these rolling techniques.


Nodding my way to sweeter dreams! Thanks for the quick reminder to use my YTU balls to roll out my massater (jaw check) and soothe away any tension before I wake up from a night of clenching and/or grinding the stress residue from my day through my teeth.


Love these videos! So important for the health of our jaw, not to mention our nervous systems! I used to chew only with one side due to dental procedures gone wrong on the other side. Massaging my masseter, digastric and temporalis were a huge help in my pain relief!

Liselotte Frandsen

I feel a huge difference when I chew my food – after using this technique. I now chew more evenly on both sides – an imbalance I had that I wasn’t even aware of!

Amanda Stoker

Thinking about how much we use our jaw each day emphasizes the importance of rolling out our masseter muscle. Stress in the face muscles creates malnourished tissue! Thank you for these tips to relieve jaw pain and tension. I will be including these YTU techniques in my ball rolling night ritual!

Angela Yonkovich

I tend to grind my teeth and clench my jaw muscles when I’m asleep due to stress. I can’t wait to try this!
Thank you!


Wow! Thank you for the TMJ relief video Alexandra. That is such a simple exercise to do yet sooo powerful! I can feel a real release in my face after just a few minutes.

Rebecca Tamm

My sister would grind her teeth so hard I could hear it in the other room. I love, love, LOVE the double ball technique that you have here, and I never knew how much my masseter was bothering me until I propped a YTU ball under it. You’d never catch me doing that with a lacrosse ball 😉