Impact of jawbone muscles to achieve Song?

  • Impact of jawbone muscles to achieve Song?

    Posted by Frank Trimborn on 2nd June 2021 at 8:10 am

    I’m comparatively new to Tai Chi and internal martial arts in general, spending 30 years on technique-based styles (hope this may be a proper basis at least).
    When gathering information about the quality of Song, it seems clear to me that Song is not the same as relaxation, but relaxation is a precondition for Song. And I read a lot about that relaxing the shoulders is some sort of “starting point”.
    As I teach my students a lot about relaxation of the jawbone muscles with regards to health and mobility, I’m wondering how you rate the meaning of relaxed jawbone muscles to achieve Song. From my point of view it has a high impact on where your breath is focussed and also there is a fascial connection to the shoulders.

    Frank Trimborn replied 2 years, 8 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • The Martial Man

    3rd June 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Hi Frank, there is certainly a connection between relaxing the jaw muscles and the rest of the body, however it just one component. If you can release the whole body from the foot to the top of the head, allowing the muscles to hang and with as little engagement as possible while maintaining the correct skeletal alignment, this will assist in creating an “internal stretch.” And this continuous releasing of tension is what creates the first stages of Song, 松開 Song Kai – “Opening Song” and 松沉 Song Chen – “Sinking Song”.

    I hope that helps.

  • Frank Trimborn

    4th June 2021 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks a lot, Kieren! 🙂

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