I'll discuss the correct face posture when your face is at rest. It's crucial to understand this because even though you may be doing short exercises for a few seconds each time, the majority of your day is spent with your face at rest. And if you maintain a bad face posture during this time, you won't see the desired results. Now, I'll share five important tips to check and consider for your face when it's at rest.
1. Good body posture
Maintaining good body posture is crucial for maintaining good face posture because the body and face are interconnected. It is important to align your head with your spine and buttocks, whether sitting or standing, to achieve proper posture. Avoid crossing your legs if possible, but if you must, alternate between right and left sides to distribute the pressure evenly. Working on a computer with a hunched posture not only affects your body but also creates tension in the neck, which spreads to the skull and forehead. This excessive tension leads to facial strain and sagging. Contrary to the misconception that hunching lifts the eyebrows, it actually results in a loss of forehead elasticity and sagging. Therefore, prioritize maintaining good body posture to prevent negative effects on both the body and face.
2. Mewing tongue posture
Correct tongue posture is crucial for overall health. I have a video called "Mewing 101" where I explain this in detail, so please check it out if you haven't already. It has gained popularity and is one of my favorites. Additionally, I learned from Dr. Mona, a dentist I've been collaborating with, that tongue tie is connected all the way to the vaginal area. Visualizing this connection can help you maintain good posture while sitting or standing, as you become more aware of your tongue tie's impact on your body.
3. Avoiding the habit of teeth contact.
It is not advisable for your upper and lower teeth to touch during rest. This contact can lead to unnecessary tension and contribute to TMJ pain or grinding. While some may argue for light touching, many doctors advise against any contact. According to an article I read from a Japanese doctor, the TCH habit can be even worse than grinding because it involves light pressure for long hours every day. In summary, there should always be a very tiny gap between your upper and lower teeth at all times.
4. Positioning of the mouth corners
It is important for the corners of the mouth to be slightly up, rather than drooping downward. When the corners of the mouth sag, it pulls the cheek muscles down, leading to increased jowl appearance and undesirable chin tension. You may have observed this phenomenon before. To prevent tension, it is crucial for the corners of the mouth to be relaxed and either in a straight line or slightly uplifted.
5. Avoiding eye tension
When looking at a computer screen, there is a tendency for slight cross viewing, which can create tension in the eye area. This tension leads to eye fatigue and the formation of the 11th line. To prevent this, it is crucial to maintain proper posture by aligning your head with your spine and buttocks, avoiding any unnecessary eye strain. Additionally, excessive focus should be avoided as it can contribute to tension and the development of wrinkles. If you find yourself experiencing tension but cannot stop it, gently touching the area can provide sudden relief. It is important to ensure clean hands before doing so.
Maintaining good body posture is essential for maintaining good face posture. This involves aligning your head, spine, and buttocks to prevent sagging and tension in the face. Correct tongue posture, known as mewing, is also crucial for overall health and can have an impact on body posture. Avoiding the habit of teeth contact during rest is recommended to prevent unnecessary tension and potential dental issues. Keeping the corners of the mouth slightly up helps avoid sagging and undesirable chin tension. Additionally, eye tension should be minimized by maintaining proper posture and avoiding excessive focus. Gently touching the tension points can provide relief. By following these guidelines, you can improve your overall posture and minimize the negative effects on your face and body.