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Andrew Gallup, now at the State University of New York at Oneonta, was first inspired with the idea during his undergraduate degree, when he realized that stretching and yawning might help to chill the brain and stop it overheating. The strong gaping movement of the jaws forces blood flow around the skull, helping defusing excess heat. Then inhaling cool air into the sinus cavities sends oxygen around the carotid artery leading back into the brain. These movements may flex the membranes of sinuses – fanning a soft breeze through the cavities that should cause our mucus to evaporate, thus chilling the head like air conditioning.
When you yawn and place your hands or fists on your jaw, it aids relaxation of the muscle fascia and allows the tissues to relax.
Stress and pain get your down, the urge to yawn increases, acting like Mother Nature’s Natural Relief. Yawning when in pain or stressed, will help the brain and emotional body focus to find a solution.
Try taking a stretch and yawn break and watch the brain fog clear and your energy improve. The pain decrease.
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Mary Wolken PhD
Probably the least understood part of the body, fascia are found in fluid bands or sheets of connective tissue fibers, that forms beneath the skin to attach, stabilize, enclose, communicate pain signals and separate muscles and other internal organs.
Made of flexible collagen structures, fascia are capable of resisting great unidirectional tension forces until the wavy pattern of fibers that straighten with a pulling force or becoming more gel like when relaxed. (Fascia are the pink colored fibers seen in the image above.)
Emerging science and client experience suggests that fascia play a very dynamic role in the cycle of injury – pain relief and recovery cycle.
Networked with memory, autonomic nervous system, brain hormones, vascular cells and musculo-skeletal systems, different layers of fascia seem to need different techniques to activate pain relief and release physical and emotional stress from different layers of fascia. – Mary Wolken PhD 2015
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