5 things to learn from the Oral Seal
In the chapter on breathing in Walter Carrington's book "Thinking Aloud" he writes about the oral seal and indicates there is a lot to learn from the oral seal.
The oral seal is when you close off the oral cavity from the nasopharnyx. To make the seal touch the tip of your tongue against the back of your lower teeth. There should be no pressure against the teeth and jaw. Then let the back of your tongue come up to gently touch your soft palate (behind your back molars). Keep the tongue wide and soft as it contacts the soft palate. Allow the larynx to hang from that contact point. You will then be breathing in and out of your nose. It may feel at first as if you are “doing” something to keep the oral seal in place. This is most likely because you have been pulling your tongue down habitually. Play with this and see what happens. I think the natural and optimal tongue place is when the tongue is quite high and wide in the back.
The oral seal:
- Identifies and sensitizes the inner landscape of the head, neck, tongue and jaw. This is an area many of us haven’t considered that we can actually sense and direct.
- Takes pressure off the top of the spine so you can find a higher and more accurate sense of the atlanto-occipital joint where the head and spine meet. Check to see that you are not pushing your tongue down to make the oral seal. The back of the tongue goes up and back from the tip of the tongue reinforcing the up and back of the whole body.
- Identifies the length of your air column/tube. With the oral seal the column comes up to the back of your nose along your spine.
- Helps you notice if you are sucking or pulling the air in and out when you inhale and exhale. Leave your tongue alone as much as possible.
- Contributes to the “up the front” direction of your body. As you release up into the oral seal there is a sense of coming up the front of the body which balances the lengthening and widening of the back.