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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Technical Tuesday Temporalis

Technical Tuesday Temporalis

Sometimes called the temporal muscle, the temporalis is flat, and shaped like a fan. It is the muscle that allows chewing (mastication), and it can be felt easily when the mouth opens and closes.

It comes from the temporal fossa, which is a large depression on the side of the skull (see above photo). From there the muscle narrows into a thick tendon which connects to the mandible (see the Link of the Day). The temporalis is the most powerful muscle of the temporomandibularjoint.
When dancers clench their teeth, or hold tension in their jaw, pain in this muscle will result. Yet another reason there is no clenching in ballet (see Ballet Statute #87: There is no clenching in ballet.)
From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Anatomical Secret #26x:
“The temporalis is the muscle that allows chewing (mastication).”

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“Take it easy when you are busy! It shall never be easy but, take it easy!”
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