My first interview about Face Yoga with Omrop Fryslan, a local broadcasting agency that covers both the news and other topics in this region of the country. I really enjoyed the interview and wish to thank them for this opportunity to have me on and talk about my passion, Face Yoga.
You can click on the embedded video to view the whole interview.
As a Certified Face Yoga teacher I often coach people on the benefits of drinking enough water. I already blogged about this in the past and I think it is a recurring theme I think that needs to be emphasized. You often hear on the news how important it is for us to find water on Mars. Water means life; isn't it strange that we forget then to drink enough water?
Sarah Smith of the Daily Mail also wondered about this and embarked on an experiment. She started drinking three liters of water every day in addition to what she was already drinking. The results were amazing, not only did she feel better but she also started to look TEN YEARS younger in her face. Down below you can find an excerpt of the article with a link to the original article.
Drinking three litres of water a day took TEN YEARS off my face: Sarah, 42, was hoping to solve her headaches and poor digestion... just look what else happened
One in five women drinks less than the recommended daily intake of water
Every system and function in our body depends on water...
Especially because the liquid flushes toxins from vital organs
You might think I'd have little in common with a camel, but we do share one useful skill: both of us can go for a very long time without water.
Usually I start my day with a cup of tea, then I might have a glass of water with my lunch and one with dinner - that's about a litre of liquid in 24 hours. It feels like plenty, but apparently it's not nearly enough.
After years of suffering headaches and poor digestion I spoke to a neurologist about my regular headaches and a nutritionist about my poor digestion, and both told me I should be drinking up to three litres of liquid a day for my body to function at its best.
Then, when I read a recent survey suggesting that at least one in five women in the UK consumes less than the recommended daily intake of water, I decided to conduct an experiment. What would happen if I drank the recommended amount every day for a month?
The photograph of me taken the day I started this trial demonstrates perfectly - and rather frighteningly - what a lack of hydration does to a face.
Often, those that choose to engage in facial exercise, are looking for a more youthful appearance. The orofacial myofunctional therapies do much more than that. Orofacial myofunctional therapy is, in a sense "neuromuscular re-education" or " re-patterning of the oral and facial muscles. Facial and tongue exercises, combined with behavior-modification techniques help to promote a proper tongue position, improve breathing, chewing and swallowing. It also addresses proper head and neck postures, and peer-reviewed studies show a positive benefit in working to resolve jaw problems and orthodontic relapses when applying the therapy with a multi-disciplinary team.
Face (Facial) Yoga does the same since the exercises have the same effect on your face and facial muscles. It is a viable alternative or even adjunctive treatment to facial plastic surgery without the dramatic surgery. It helps to get rid of lines and saggy facial muscles on a natural way by simply exercising. Face Yoga, on that, doesn't just address your oral cavity and tongue but also all your facial muscles and adjoined head and neck muscles. The exercises of Face Yoga also teach you to breathe properly through your nose and makes you rest your tongue against the roof of your mouth. By doing Face Yoga you exercise all your facial muscles and you work on functional posturing and chewing.
Face Yoga helps in resolving problems with:
Bloating due to air swallowing,
Thumb sucking, nail or lip biting or other oral habits,
Mild to moderate sleep apnea,
Food texture sensitivities,
Long Face Syndrome,
Developmental delays, such as low muscle tone,
Frequent choking, gagging or trouble swallowing,
If you have any of these issues, I would urge you to find a trained and certified therapist who can customize the exercises based on your specific anatomy and needs, and enter into a long-term coaching relationship. There are hundreds of exercises, and each individual is unique. It's a grave mistake to think that you can just do a few basic exercises from a book for a few weeks and be done. In order to really re-pattern all the muscles involved, you need to do it slowly, over time, in order to reprogram your muscle memory.
To get all your oral-facial and neck muscles working correctly can make a huge difference in your health, well-being, and appearance. It can even change the way your face looks, as it actually may change the facial structure. Your skull bones may shift in a slow, comfortable manner. Just as a trained athlete you can reap more benefits from regular and consistent exercise and you may come to discover the following Face Yoga benefits:
[caption id="attachment_104" align="alignleft" width="300"] Before Mouth[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_105" align="alignleft" width="300"] After mouth[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_106" align="alignleft" width="300"] Before Eyes[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_107" align="alignnone" width="300"] After Eyes[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_103" align="alignleft" width="300"] January 2018 (left) & April 2018 (right)[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_102" align="alignleft" width="300"] January 2018 (left) & April 2018 (right)[/caption]
Here is one of the great examples of amazing changes I saw on Ann-Marie from France. She is 56 years old and she noticed her wrinkles became more visible last few years. She is very conscious about foods and she eats very healthily. She has a very natural and healthy lifestyle so she decided to join the Face Yoga Method membership. She is a very dedicated Face Yoga Method practitioner and she did the poses 5 times a day for about 8 weeks. Here is the Before/After photos of her. I simply love these photos. Her face line is much more defined and lifted. Her forehead area, especially above the eyebrow, has much fewer wrinkles.
These pictures are provided by the courtesy of Face Yoga Method by Fumiko Takatsu and myself and may not be reproduced without our written permission.