Do facial exercises really work?
FACEXER has been defined as a personal exerciser for face, head, neck and hand muscle strengthening. ( see patent information here https://www.facexer.com/pages/personal-exerciser-for-head-and-neck-muscle-strengthening-and-method-therefore) During the product development, which still is an ongoing process, domestic and international research and clinical experience was taking in consideration.
Illustration courtesy"Fundamentals of Anatomy and physiology" Martini et al.
FACEXER is an EXERCISER/MASSAGER FOR HEAD, FACE, NECK and HAND MUSCLE, SKIN, BONE, and CONNECTIVE TISSUE. Method of exercising with FACEXER is a tangible resource to maintain health, youth, energy, and mood in a great condition. FACEXER has been developed to keep facial bone, muscle and skin, breathing and digestive systems, brain in a well working state. FACEXER is a maintenance system created to preserve our functional reserve.
Functional reserve is the total amount of work you can produce by a certain part of your body. In this instance - your ability to use face, head, and neck muscles.
How much work did you give to your face, head and neck muscles today? Did you chew your food or you consider a smoothie as the healthier choice? How much time did you spend in front of computer? Did you use the correct posture while checking your smartphone?
Do you know that chewing is important not only for food intake, but also for preserving and promoting the general health?
Soft diet doesn't require usage of the muscles of mastication (chewing). Recent studies have showed that chewing helps to maintain cognitive functions in the hippocampus, a central nervous system region vital for memory and learning.
FacExer has been developed to restore and maintain a proper functionality of the muscles involved in chewing process.
Moreover, prolonged use of digital equipment causes eye muscle tension, and communication via smartphones doesn't involve muscles of facial expressions anymore. That is why our muscles above the shoulders are getting weaker. Since soft tissue (muscle) supports hard tissue (bone), bone tissue is getting weaker and deteriorates faster.
Our brain is analysing sensory input all the time. When the sensory input is decreasing, amount of neural input is decreasing as well. Our brain is changing along with our life style. FACEXER has been developed to maintain proper functionality of our muscles above the shoulders and therefore to increase neurogenesis.
Exercises using FACEXER for face and neck are important because the face commonly provides the first visual clues and impression people have regarding the health, character, mood, emotions and age of an individual. While other body parts can be hidden under the clothes, it’s still difficult, using makeup, to create such ‘youthful’ face features like high cheek bones, defined jawline, smooth forehead, elevated eyebrows, and glowing skin.
Method exercising with FACEXER involves establishing the proper oral posture, facial exercises, oral-motor exercises, tongue exercises using resistance provided by FACEXER, facial massage with FACEXER, with activation of acupressure points, skin care routines using natural organic products, exfoliation and exercises with FACEXER.
Exercises using FACEXER involve movements and application of pressure points on bony and soft tissue of the face, neck, and head.
- Method of exercising with FACEXER is not a miracle remedy for the wrinkles, but a wonderful resource to maintain our health, youth, energy and mood in a great state.
FACEXER adds a resistance component to the oral-motor exercises, making them more effective. These exercises increase strength of the tongue, throat and mouth muscles, which are responsible for such a vital activities of our everyday living – breath, drink, eat, swallow, talk. Resistance provided by FACEXER during exercising, helps to increase lingual muscle strength faster, which improves the timing of the swallowing components. In fact, FACEXER stimulates and strengthens all of our muscles and bones above the shoulders. Soft tissues (muscle) form hard tissues (bone). "Women who had worse wrinkles had lesser bone density," says study researcher Lubna Pal, MD, director of the reproductive aging and bone health program at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. "Women who had tougher skin had better bones."
Muscles of the head, face and neck are mostly skeletal muscles and benefit from regular exercising as does the rest of our body.
The only difference is in size and by mode of attachment. In your face, many of the skeletal muscles attach directly to the skin or to other skeletal muscles – not to tendons or bones like the rest of skeletal muscles. This means that any contraction in one of the facial muscles will pull the skin of your face and therefore change your expression. Because of this unique feature, you can produce different expressions.
Unfortunately, our life style is reflected by our face - we develop wrinkles.
If we unhappy or depressed, we look tired – corners of our mouth are pulled down, if we are worry, we frown – vertical lines show up between your eyebrows, squinting contributes to crow's feet, smoking- to vertical lip lines.
Contrary - active, healthy life style and exercises help to maintain body, face and mind in a great shape.
FACEXER* and Massage.
Why using the fingers for facial exercises and self-facial massage is not recommended.
It is very difficult to maintain right therapeutic pressure using fingers for self-massage and – especially – for facial exercises. You may be pulling and putting too much pressure by dragging the skin from the muscle tissue and forcing creasing with your fingers, blocking blood supply and lymph flow, dehydrating layers of the tissue, creating more problem.
To the contrary, FACEXER is YOUR personal exerciser which is shaping and fitting exactly to YOU, embracing YOUR particular forms, gently holding your skin in place to prevent wrinkle formation during exercising and distributes even pressure on the bone, muscle, nerve, connective tissue and skin systems of the face, head and neck.
Please refer to the picture of the skin layers – epidermis, dermis and hypodermis below. According to Wikipedia hypodermis is a layer of tissue which lies immediately below the dermis of the skin. It is often referred to as subcutaneous tissue ( ... ). The hypodermis consists primarily of loose connective tissue . Hypodermis contains larger blood vessels and nerves than those found in the dermis. Hypodermis, when it is healthy, is like a sponge, full of moisture. Dehydration of this "sponge" leads to skin sagging.
Method of exercising with FACEXER is a self-care technique that can be combined with your skin care, massage, and workout routines. Method of exercising with FACEXER addresses bone, muscle, nerve, connective tissue and skin systems of the face, head and neck. Adding Method of exercising with FACEXER to your current routine can boost the results of massage, speech, occupational or physical therapy. Method of exercising with FACEXER helps you to practice self-care between sessions.
It is very important to know, that adding Method of exercising with FACEXER helps to improve your skin status, because exercises and massage with FACEXER stimulates your hypodermis, where the collagen and the elastin are mostly located. There are three main types of connective tissue fiber:
- Collagenous fibers: collagenous fibers are made of collagen and consist of bundles of fibrils that are coils of collagen molecules.
- Elastic fibers: elastic fibers are made of elastin and are "stretchable."
- Reticular fibers: reticular fibers consist of one or more types of very thin collagen fibers. They join connective tissues to other tissues.) References: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loose_connective_tissue
There are good news from the studies about brain plasticity - we are very resilient!
Most studies in sport medicine have demonstrated increase a certain hormones during exercising that affect receptors in the brain, often reducing the sensation of pain or stress and have been linked to several psychological and physiological changes, including mood state changes and 'exercise-induced euphoria', altered pain perception and the stress responses of numerous hormones (growth hormone, ACTH, prolactin, catecholamines and cortisol). That is why we have this strange but pleasant feeling after good workout - although we are exhausted, but somehow as if we feel lighter, happier and satisfied!
Your working muscles require oxygen and nutrients which come with blood supply. The blood flow towards working muscles brings many materials necessary for the healthy skin maintenance as well.
Regular exercise stimulates collagen and elastin production in fascia, promotes better blood flow towards areas engaged in exercising, makes your bones stronger, providing better nutrients and oxygen supply for your skin as well as keeps your muscles and skin tight, firm and healthy.
"Method of exercising with FacExer" utilizing all positive statements mentioned above and gives you unique opportunity to erase tiredness and unhappiness from your face. Method of exercising with FacExer has a triple power and benefits in terms of improving your appearance:
- Exercising with FacExer promotes blood flow to your face and neck muscles hence to skin, which makes your skin heather, firmer and radiant ;
- Exercising with FacExer improves your face expressions hence less negative expressions on your face promoting a younger and confident appearance; exercising with FacExer elevates your mood, you feel happier, younger and more confident ;
- Exercising with FacExer combines isotonic and isometric exercises for all groups of muscles of your head, face and neck for faster results in less time spent for exercising.
“Method of exercising with FacExer” provides health benefits because it is a well-balanced exercise program which can improve general health, build endurance, and slow many of the effects of aging as any exercises in general .The benefits of exercise not only improve physical health, but also enhance emotional well being.
Below you will find a very brief description of major muscles above the shoulders - muscles of facial expression, head and neck wich are targeting during exercising with
FACEXER * is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.
We all have our own morning routines. But there is something special happening during the first seconds of awakening and this “something” is common for all of us creatures on this planet, something which makes us the same, regardless of having arms, wings or tails, fur or feathers or just skin…. At the very first seconds of our day we have the urge to stretch our muscles to fill them with fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients, to get ready for the new day.
Some of us will go to hunt food , run, fly, chase, dive or roam. Some of us will go for jogging or bike ride, some will visit the gym – we need to keep our bodies in good shape, exercises are good for us. While aerobic exercises are good for heart muscles, resistance training and progressive overload exercises are strengthening our body and helps muscles to grow.. We all know about the importance of core muscles strengthening. Yoga, Zumba, Pilates, Tai Chi, Spinning, etc. complements our sports and fitness regimes, tones and sculpts our bodies, helps increase range of motion and flexibility.
But something is still missing. Look at this cat stretching his body – he is yawning as well! Scientists still don’t have agreement about the main functions of yawning.
How about stretching, toning and exercising small muscles of the head, face and neck? These muscles are always neglected in your fitness routines and never are getting good workout. Why?
When you exercise your arms you understand that with dumbbells it will be more efficient. But there was no such a thing like dumbbells for exercising head, face and neck muscles in the market. Resistance training, strength training and progressive overload training for head, face and neck muscles became possible with invention of the personal exerciser - FacExer .Patented, designed and made in the USA, FacExer has been constructed using FDA approved materials of the highest quality and medical grade. FacExer is the only equipment on the market which gives you the unique opportunity to perform resistance training of the head, face and neck muscles. “Method of exercising using FacExer” is a workout which allows muscles to grow in strength together and prevent muscle groups from developing independently and out of synchronization as FacExer moulds to your individual face profiles and utilizes elastic nature of FacExer.
FacExer is an exercise equipment intended only for general physical conditioning and/or for the development of athletic abilities in individuals who lack physical impairment.
“Method of exercising with FacExer” provides health benefits because it is a well-balanced exercise program which can improve general health, build endurance, and slow many of the effects of aging as any exercises in general .The benefits of exercise not only improve physical health, but also enhance emotional wellbeing.