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Masseter – Internal – Neuromuscular Massage Protocol

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This is a strong, thick 3 bellied muscle that closes the jaw. You can read more about it in this post about the masseter muscle.

NOTE: This protocol is for mindful review by an experienced therapist. It is not intended to be used for learning without the hands-on training of a professional instructor. One should not attempt this without the necessary expertise to understand contraindications. It is important to use proper technique so that the treatment is safe and effective.


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This routine is from The WorkBook of Classical Neuromuscular Therapy. Created at the ASHA School of Massage, it has been used to train thousands of therapists for more than 15 years.

These routines are intended for mindful review by bodywork professionals and are not appropriate as self-care for non-professionals. Self-injury could occur.

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