It is a well known fact that our posture is very important. The head should sit directly on the neck and shoulders. The weight of the head , holding forward, puts tremendous strain on our neck and upper back muscles. 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, tablets, computers. The result can be aching and stiffness in the neck and back, accompanying with a shoulder pain a headaches.
The Era Of The Forward Head Posture
"The average person uses their device for five hours a day - about a third of the time they are awake - and checks it about 85 times, Nottingham Trent University found. (source http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/revealed-heres-how-many-times-6727470 )
Our head is quite heavy. Average adult human brain weighs about 3 pounds, average human tongue weighs about 1 pound and consists of 8 muscles.That is why tongue position is very important for posture in general.
Exercises with FACEXER are targeting muscles supporting proper posture. When your body's muscles and joints are balanced and supported properly, you're better to perform everyday activities.
We emphasizing the 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, but not touching 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 also 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 home page Method of exercising Day 1. for technique) is a very helpful tongue exercise. This exercise is very important for the jaw and lips strengthening as well.
Sculpt your core, stand taller, improve your balance, increase muscle tone and strength with FacExer forehead exercises (see our home page "Method of exercising with FacExer" for the proper technique).
Additionally to engaging the main head, face and neck muscles, exercises with FacExer will also require the input from various stabilizing muscles as well or you may recruit more muscles than just the group you're focused on. For example, if you are exercising muscles of the upper part of your face you, you need to engage your neck, tongue, shoulder, and back muscles to coordinate and hold your body steady during the exercises. Likewise, if you're doing the sucking motion exercise for your tongue and mouth muscles, you will naturally recruit muscles of the forehead and around your eyes, and in your abdomen and back to steady your body. Result - you improve your posture.