It is a well known fact that our posture is very important for general health maintenance. Our head should sit directly on the neck and shoulders.
Healthy posture is a combination of proper body mechanics, right alignments of your hips, spine, neck and jaw, as well as strength of surrounding muscles that offer support.
Unfortunately, our life style doesn't contribute to proper posture. Look around - our poor postures are "forward head postures" when we are checking our smartphones, or computers. The weight of the head , holding forward, puts tremendous strain on our neck and upper back muscles.
The result is not only the aching neck or back, but also gravity related fat loss or its redistribution on the neck and face.
Our head is quite heavy. Average adult human brain weighs about 3 pounds, average human tongue weights almost 1 pound. That is why tongue position is very important to maintain the correct body posture and plays a crushial role in the swallowing mechanism.
The swallowing mechanism is quite complex, involving more than 50 pairs of muscles. Impairment of any one or more of these muscles may result in a serious health risk to any individual. He/she may be at risk of aspiration of food or saliva into the lungs, creating a potentially life-threatening medical condition.
We emphasizing importance of the oral posture in our brochure: '"your lips are closed, tongue is flat and resting on the roof of your mouth with tip of the tongue behind the front teeth. Your upper and lower teeth are in relaxed position and are not engaged." This tongue position helps to balance your head on the neck and keep proper posture. Exercises for tongue involve neck muscles engagement.
Have the FacExer pressed against your mouth and chin. Stick your tongue in front and push the FacExer with tongue as hard as possible for count of 5 and do 10-15 repetitions.
Next, stick your tongue in front of you. This time have the FacExer placed on the right side of your tongue. Press against the FacExer as hard as you can (as if you’re trying to push the FacExer to the corner of your mouth). Hold for a count of 5. Repeat this exercise with the left side of your tongue.
- Already well known sucking motion exercise ( see our brochure and Day 1. for technique) is tremendously important tongue exercise. This exercise is very important for jaw and lips strengthening as well.
Additional precise muscle exercises for jaw, cheek and lips:
Tips form FACEXER:
- Exercise one (weaker) side of your face to get symmetry;
- Use two FacExers simultaneously for exercising symmetrical muscles of the face, giving equal load for both sides of your face and saving time for exercising.
- Muscle: Risorius. Symmetrical .Place both exercisers bilaterally at the corners of your mouth keeping your lips together. Try to draw the corners of your mouth straight back as you pronounce sound 'eee'. Feel the resistance of FacExer bilaterally. Hold for a count of 5. Repeat 5-10 times.
- Muscle: Zygomaticus Major. Symmetrical. Place both exercisers bilaterally just outside the corners of your mouth onto your cheeks. Draw the corners of your mouth upwards and outwards as in smiling. Feel resistance of FacExer. Hold for a count of 5. Repeat 5-10 times.
- Muscle: Buccinator. Symmetrical muscle.
Press your FacExers against mouth and lips area in order to stabilize skin. Hold the inside of your cheeks firmly against your side teeth and draw back the corners of the mouth as when pursing your lips as if to playing FacExer as trumpet. Hold for account of 5. Repeat 5-10 times.
Muscle: Pterygoideus Medialis and Lateralis. Press FacExers against both sides of your lower face and chin area. Try to push your lower jaw forward exposing your lower teeth. Hold on a count of 5. Repeat 5-10 times.
Cheek lifting exercise helps to elevate lines and permit a more natural, rounded contour, reduce malar bags .
"Malar Bags, which may appear as "cheek dents," generally manifest toward the outside, upper portion of the cheek area. Multiple factors may contribute to their development, among them the natural volume deflation and sagging that comes with aging and drainage problems in the small lymphatic vessels in the region. Owing to the latter, anything that affects fluid dynamics, like allergic reactions, fatigue, excessive salt consumption, etc. may worsen the appearance.of malar bags" according to Dr. Nelson Lee Novick, New York Dermatologic Surgeon.
- For each exercise:
- Hold for a count of 5. Repeat as indicated ( 5-10 repetitions initially, increase amount of sets to 10-15 over time as tolerating).