She walks about the world with a tight jaw that suggests habitual muscular patterning. That might be the technical term for the way she locks herself. Is her temporomandibular joint disorderly? This is where she keeps the fear she pretends she doesn’t have.
She applies a circular massaging pressure to the joint with an insistent thumb. She feels release for a few moments, but it doesn’t last. It’s not really about muscles. It’s about thoughts.
With the jaw fastened tightly, it’s hard to breathe. Breath is necessary. A jaw held too firmly stiffens the neck. A stiff neck can’t turn to look back. Is that the fear? Is she afraid to look back?
It’s time for some deep breathing.