Why all facial programs are not created equal by Marie Wheelwright
When it comes to facial exercise programs, you name it, I’ve tried it, tested it, bought the t shirt, all in the name of research, from Happy Face Yoga to Facercise, to Eve Frazer to anything randomly posted on Facebook, to the scarily titled Ageless if you Dare. I’ve looked into it all, everything there is out there to offer, so you don’t have to. Unless, of course, you want to.
What I’ve discovered is, that whilst all of these programmes do have something to offer, little gems of wisdom, ways of refining technique and fantastic, standalone exercises to cherry pick and include in your program, taken as a whole, they do tend to create whole new holding patterns in the face, making way for the potential development of new lines, added tension and unrelaxed facial expressions. This is just my humble opinion, but Google the guy from Happy Face Yoga to see what I mean here.
This is why I chose to throw everything in with the Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method. As far as I am aware, no other program puts such a powerful emphasis on relaxing the face and letting go of existing holding patterns before beginning to work on the muscle, and keeping each class at a slow, deliciously relaxed pace with plenty of time in between each exercise for recovery. This creates fewer opportunities for a fresh build-up of tension.
The Face Yoga Method is completely founded on holistic and yogic philosophy, rather than on outmoded no pain, no gain principles of conventional fitness. It’s gentle enough to do every day, and because its so relaxing, you’ll want to do it, even look forward to doing it, and results just get better and better.