Today, let's discuss fixing an asymmetrical mouth, which is a common issue for many people. With the rise of Zoom conferences, people have become more aware of this asymmetry, whether it's one side being higher or lower than the other. To address this, we'll focus on three steps stretching, massaging, and exercising. Start by examining yourself in the mirror to determine which side requires more attention. This is crucial information for our first exercise.
1. Stretch sternocleidomastoid muscle
To address asymmetry in the mouth, focus on stretching the affected side. Tuck your chin slightly and keep your shoulders down. Start by stretching the side of your neck for about 10 seconds, then slowly look up to feel the stretch on the inner side. Repeat the stretch on the other side, maintaining proper shoulder alignment. Be cautious not to wrinkle your forehead and relax your eyes during the stretches. Additionally, perform an SCM stretch by tucking your chin and stretching the back of your neck. This stretch targets the muscles connected to the saggy side. It's important to maintain balance even when focusing on the asymmetrical side. The SCM muscle plays a significant role in connecting the muscles responsible for the sagging. Stretching this muscle helps establish a foundation for overall improvement. Remember, if you experience neck pain, avoid these exercises.
2. Relax mentalis and DAO muscle
For the second exercise, let's focus on massage as it prepares us for the final workout step. Start with the mentalis and DAO muscles, which are interconnected. Relax these muscles by gently massaging them in a slow upward motion. Next, target the cheek area with a technique similar to the mid cheek line massage. Use a sliding motion under the maxilla bone to relax the muscles. Repeat the massage in a rhythmic manner, allowing the muscles to fully relax. This technique is beneficial for fixing mid cheek lines as well. For a detailed demonstration, refer to my other video on the topic.
3. Half cheek squat exercise
Exercise number three is an enjoyable part of the routine. In my case, I want to lift up this side, so I will perform a regular cheek squat on both sides. However, if you are concerned about the other side, focus on that during the cheek squat. Here's how to do it: first, relax your muscles and create a half smile. Use your finger for support and lift the saggy side, while showing your upper teeth. Pay attention to this side and keep your tongue flat in the middle of the palate. Avoid jumping like I did, it was just for fun. Slowly lower your muscles afterwards, and don't worry if there is a slight upward movement. Muscles are like clay and will remember the position with repetition. Remember to prevent wrinkles and keep the tongue flat in the mouth. Perform this exercise one to three times a day for 10 seconds each time, focusing on the saggy side. To summarize the three exercises we covered today, start with the SCM stretch, targeting the saggy side for 10 seconds, then repeat it once more.
To recap, the three exercises we discussed are designed to address asymmetry and improve muscle tone in the face. First, stretch the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle, focusing on the saggy side. Perform the stretch by tucking your chin and keeping your shoulders down. Remember to maintain proper alignment and avoid forehead wrinkles. Next, relax the mentalis and DAO muscles through gentle massage, targeting the cheek area as well. Finally, engage in the half cheek squat exercise, lifting the saggy side while maintaining a half smile and tongue position. Repeat these exercises regularly for optimal results.