One day in a Neural Moves class, we were doing tongue circles (around the outside and inside of our teeth), and Mira said she could feel the movement in her ears. I realized that exercising the tongue with these unusual movements was moving the ear’s eustacian tube, which drains in the back of the throat.
It is so important to remember that our body’s movements affect adjacent parts. With one shout, we move the neck, shoulders, tongue, throat, vocal chords, diaphragm, ribs, cheeks, and chin differently than when we talk. That shout moves lymph, glands, and the fluid-filled ventricles in our brains in an unusual way. Yet we say the same words at the same volume and tone most of the time, as if it doesn’t make a difference for our bodies.