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Massaging your scalp is an important part of the Face Pilates routine.

It releases the skin and relaxes the frown lines!

An added advantage is it stimulates hair growth!


Masajear tu cuero cabelludo es una parte importante de la rutina de Face Pilates.

Esta acción libera la piel y hace que se relajen las líneas del ceño.

¡Y una extra ventaja es que también estimula el crecimiento del cabello!

 

Hollywood and Face Exercise – Part 2

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Coco Channel said, “…at fifty you get the face you deserve.”

The most common age for people to start to practice facial exercises is between the ages of 30 and 50.

What I can tell you is the sooner you start the better the results and the benefits that you will find.

Even if you are a little skeptical about whether Face Pilates can help you to look younger or turn back the clock, give it a try. You have nothing to loose!

Here are 5 reasons you will benefit as you age from practicing Face Pilates:

  • Lengthening the facial muscles

When we do Pilates exercises we lengthen the muscles, relax and stretch the body. As we get older our muscles shorten. This is why our posture can change as we get older. Stretching can change this.

The muscles on our face are the same.

If we are tense our facial muscles are shortened because of our ‘facial posture’ and then once we relax they release and this stresses our ligaments and skin tissue.

This is what causes the sagging as we age.

Relaxing the muscles and lengthening them with Face Pilates will allow the ligaments to heal themselves.

  • Muscle awareness

Human beings are habitual! Our posture changes because of the way we stand or sit all day. Unless we are taught to be aware of how we can change these habits our bodies become ‘stuck’ in poor positions.

We do the same with our faces. Frowning as we think, squinting our eyes or other repeated expressions form lines and wrinkles on our faces.

Over time our muscles start to anticipate these movements and we do them more often, exactly the same as poor posture.

Practicing facial exercises, just like practicing Pilates, enables you to correct these habits and give you muscle awareness so that you learn to feel when you are making expressions that will create tension, wrinkles and lines.

  • Collagen and nutrient production

Doing a Face Pilates class will bring blood flow to the facial and skin tissues. This will increase the supply of nutrients and collagen, the building blocks that allow the body to repair and grow ligaments and tendons.

  • Activates regeneration

Like the muscles on our body the muscles of the face will regenerate with stretching and exercise because the body naturally activates it’s defenses against free radicals when the muscle or tissue is stressed or damaged.

  • Promotes relaxation

We all know that when we are stressed we look older. This is because of the high levels of stress hormones like cortisol that are being released into our blood stream.

Prolonged stress and elevated levels of these hormones will accelerate ageing.

Taking 10 minutes a day to relax your face and you mind while you do your Face Pilates routine will allow your stress levels to decrease.

References:

http://www.facercise.com/blog/top-celebrities-using-facercise-facial-exercises/

http://cosmeticsandskin.com/bcb/facial-gym.php

http://www.look-younger-naturally.com/facial-exercises-history.html

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/the-reason-madonna-10-years-younger-6920638.html

https://intothegloss.com/2015/07/cindy-crawford-beauty/

http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/beauty/how-to/5-anti-ageing-facial-exercises-you-can-try-at-home-94678

http://www.look-younger-naturally.com/relax-the-face.html

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Hollywood and Face Exercise

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Facial exercises have always been popular in Hollywood!

Influential scriptwriter and author Elinor Glyn, admired for her impeccable skin, wrote “The Wrinkle Book” in 1927 sharing her unique facial exercises with the hungry A-list in tinsel town.

When Vogue magazine featured European born Senta Maria Rungé in 1959 her facial exercise routines became the new beauty secret for all the Hollywood celebrities.  Her popular Hollywood beauty salon was said to have more than 12,000 testimonials from stars and her followers.  Her book Face Lifting by Exercise is still available.

The Fountain of Youth

In today’s society looking youthful is still the Holy Grail.

Celebrities are revered like Gods for their looks, especially those who never seem to age!  We all want to know their beauty tips!  You could say that we are obsessed with celebrity culture.

Botox, fillers, laser treatments, chemical peels and having a full time makeup artist on staff obviously helps many of the celebrities we follow look their best but over the past couple of decades the trend of the “healthy lifestyle celebrity” has emerged.

Some of our A-list celebrity beauty tips include natural solutions to looking amazing and having great like including facial exercises in their daily skincare routine.

Celebrity Face Pilates Devotees

So who are the celebrities who we know practice facial exercise?

Madonna

Despite the recent nasty ageist press about Madonna’s hands, at 58, the star is still looking as young as many years her junior.  Fit and health conscious Madonna has been practicing facial exercises for nearly a decade.  Her facial exercise mentor and guru Eve Fraser was believed to have regularly visit the celebrity at home to teach her how to care for her face with daily exercise, just as she does her body.

 Cindy Crawford

Supermodel Cindy Crawford has been doing face exercises since she was 30!

This is what the mother and entrepreneur, Cindy, had to say on her blog last year about how she maintains her very youthful and elegant neck by doing regular facial exercises.

“Over 20 years ago, I saw a woman doing exercises for her neck. She explained that if you keep those muscles toned, it helps preserve the line of your jaw. You can do these exercises anywhere, but I usually do them as part of my workout. They’re simple to do—just lay flat on your back with your chin pointed up, and lift your whole head about an inch off the ground. Without putting your head back down on the floor, bring your chin to your chest. I do three sets of 10 repetitions, but you can build up to that! I alternate the chin-to-chest one with a side-to-side movement. Start the same way—flat on your back with your head lifted one inch off the ground. Without putting your head back down on floor, turn your head to the right, back to the center, and then to the left. I also do three sets of 10 of these.”

Other celebrities who are rumored to practice facial exercises to maintain their youthful looks are Gwenyth Paltrow,  Reece Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Christy Turlington and Oprah Winfrey!

Mandy

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Who can do Face Pilates?

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The answer to that question is well, almost everyone!

I think we all should do Face Pilates, however, there are instances where people need to consider the health implications before they choose to try alternative health practices.

The best policy is to always be safe.

When you practice Face Pilates you are working on the pressure points and meridians of your body.  This can have an affect on your organs, blood and skin.  They are all connected and as you work you are stimulating the same energy pathways that you stimulate when you are doing acupuncture or reflexology.  This can sometimes have contraindications for the body.

A contraindication means:  Something (such as a symptom or condition) that is a medical reason for not doing or using something (such as a treatment, procedure, or activity).

SO who shouldn’t do Face Pilates?

Here is a list of reasons why people should consult your doctor before you include our routines in your lifestyle:

·      You are talking anticoagulants
·      Recent injuries to the neck or head
·      Recent operations to the head or face
·      Cuts, abrasions or bruises to the head or face
·      Cancer
·      Epilepsy
·      Diabetes
·      High or low blood pressure
·      Migraine
·      Recent hemorrhage to the brain
·      Asthma
·      Skin disorders
·      Scalp infections
·      Brain infections or meningitis

I have designed the Face Pilates routine with the best intent to improve your health and give you a natural alternative to anti-ageing and longevity, they are not designed to diagnose, treat or cure and illness, disorder or health problems.

Mandy

References:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contraindication

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At what age should you start doing Face Pilates?

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My advice, start NOW!

The earlier you start the better the results.

We all tend to leave things until the crisis point.

Around 50, it seems, you look in the mirror one morning and somehow the person who is staring back at you isn’t the person you remember!

Lines and wrinkles have ‘somehow’ formed new grooves around your eyes, mouth or across your forehead, your eyelids are starting to droop and are heading for your lashes and you are starting to look like…your mother…or in my case, my father!

Don’t wait for the crisis.

On a positive note, even if you are 50 and start now, you can make a change!  It’s never too late to care for your body and change your habits.

Be smart.  Be motivated.  Exercise your face!

Mandy

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When is the best time to do Face Pilates?

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Let’s really be honest, the most important time to do these routines is when you have the time.

We can all make excuses as to why we don’t have moments in our busy lives to go to the gym, eat well or meditate, but that’s all they are….excuses.

If you want to change your lifestyle or your body you need to be determined, dedicated and have a routine.

A routine is essential.  It creates the habit.

The key to changing habits is planning.   You need to plan the time in your day, your week and your agenda to make time for yourself and stick to it!

Here’s my weekly routine:

1.         I make sure that I do my 10 Minute Daily Face Pilates Routine at least 5 times a week.  This means that I have to get up a few minutes earlier but I’m happy to do it!  The results are worth it!

I find the best time to do Face Pilates is in the morning because otherwise I get distracted at work or with life and it just don’t get around to it.

2.         I wash my hair 3 times a week so I try to take a few extra minutes on the days that I’m going to wash my hair to include our Head Massage Routine.

3.         My motto for staying healthy is live very well Monday to Friday.  This means that I stick to my metabolic typing diet and I don’t eat processed foods. I also moderate the amount of alcohol I drink.

4.         I exercise 3 days a week for at least one hour and walk as much as I can.

5.         Whether it’s 10 minutes of meditation, conscious breathing for a minute or two, having a massage or going for a walk I make time everyday to allow my mind to rest and center my spirit.

Find your routine.  Make your wellness habits happen.

Find a little vanity, it helps!  You must love yourself.

Mandy

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Neck Twist and Extended Neck Twist

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It’s Monday!  The perfect day to start Face Pilates!  Continuing with our battle with neck sag series why not take a couple of minutes to try our Neck Twist exercises.
 
How to do the Neck Twist and Extended Neck Twist:

Neck Twist

  • Lengthen through your neck and keep you shoulders down.
  • Take a breathe in and as you breathe out twist your head to the right.
  • Keep your left shoulder back and keep drawing you shoulder down.
  • Hold for 5 seconds.
  • Come back to centre and turn to the other side.
  • Remember to breath.
  • Repeat 5 times on each side.
Extended Neck Twist. 

Add an extra hold.

  • Turn your head to the right and look as far over your shoulder.
  • Hold for 3 breathes.
  • Now continue to turn your head further to the right as far as you an go.
  • Hold the stretch for 5 seconds.
  • Repeat on the left side.

La Rotación del cuello y la Rotación extendida

¡Es lunes! ¡El día perfecto para empezar el Face Pilates! Continuamos con nuestra serie contra la piel caída del cuello, y ¿por qué no tomas unos minutos para probar nuestros ejercicios de la Rotación del Cuello?

Cómo hacer la Rotación del cuello y la Rotación extendida:

La Rotación del cuello

  • Alarga el cuello y mantén los hombros para abajo.
  • Toma aire y, cuando exhalas, rota tu cuello hacia la derecha.
  • Mantén tu hombro izquierdo para abajo y los hombros relajados.
  • Quédate allí durante 5 segundos.
  • Vuelve al centro y rota el cuello hacia el otro lado.
  • Acuérdate de respirar.
  • Repite 5 veces en cada lado.

La Rotación del cuello extendida

Mantén el estiramiento por más tiempo

  • Rota tu cabeza hacia la derecha y mira por detrás del hombro derecho lo más que puedas.
  • Quédate allí durante 3 segundos.
  • Ahora sigue girando tu cabeza aún más hacia la derecha, lo más que puedas.
  • Quédate estirando allí durante 5 segundos.
  • Repite en el lado izquierdo.
 

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Ear to Shoulder Stretch

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We’re still working on that neck sag!

When we do our full 1 hour Face Pilates routine we always start at the neck and always with the Ear to Shoulder Stretch.  

This stretch is a simple but effective way to stretch your neck muscles and warm them up for the complete routine.

It’s important to know that if you have any neck injuries such as compressed discs or herniations or previous neck issues due to illness or accidents you need to be aware of your range of motion with this exercise.

I myself have 4 compressed discs and two protruding in my neck and I am able to do the movement.  I’m just careful and only take the stretch as far as I feel comfortable.  It doesn’t have to be a big movement and it should not hurt.  It is hard work though!

Please if you have any doubts speak to your doctor before you do the routine.

How to do the Ear to Shoulder Stretch:

  • Sit or stand straight and as you breathe in lengthen through your neck and bring your right ear to your right shoulder.
  • Lift your other ear toward the ceiling and draw your shoulders down.
  • Feel the stretch from your chin to your collar bone.
  • Hold the tension for 5 counts and return back to centre.
  • Breathe in and as you breathe out take your left ear to your left shoulder.
  • Keep your  shoulder down and hold for five counts.
  • Come back to centre.
  • Repeat 4 more times.

Coming up….Neck Twist!

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Estiramiento de la oreja al hombro

¡Todavía estamos trabajando con esa piel caída del cuello!

Cuando hacemos nuestra rutina entera de Face Pilates de una hora, siempre empezamos con el cuello y con el Estiramiento de la oreja al hombro.

Este estiramiento es una manera fácil y efectiva de estirar los músculos de tu cuello y calentarlos para la rutina completa.

Es importante saber que si tienes cualquier lesión del cuello como las cervicales comprimidas o herniadas, o algún problema previa debido a una enfermedad o accidente, hay que tener cuidado con tu rango de movilidad en este ejercicio.

Yo misma tengo 4 discos cervicales comprimidos y 2 que sobresalen y puedo hacer este movimiento.  Solo lo hago con cuidado y hago el estiramiento hasta donde me siento cómoda.  No tiene que ser un movimiento muy grande y no debe provocar ningún daño.  ¡Pero sí es mucho trabajo!

Si tienes cualquier duda te rogamos que hables con tu médico antes de hacer la rutina.

Cómo hacer el Estiramiento de la oreja al hombro:

  • Siéntate o párate recto, respirando y estirando tu cuello largo. Baja la oreja derecha hacia el hombro derecho.
  • Eleva tu oreja hacia el techo y mantén los hombros relajados.
  • Sienta el estiramiento desde tu barbilla hasta tu clavícula.
  • Mantén la tensión durante 5 segundos y vuelve al centro.
  • Toma aire y al exhalar, baja tu oreja izquierda hacia tu hombro izquierdo.
  • Mantén tus hombros relajados y quédate allí durante 5 segundos.
  • Vuelve al centro.
  • Repite 4 veces más.

El próximo ejercicio….¡La rotación del cuello!

 

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History of Face Pilates – Ancient Beauty to Modern Times

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5000 BC

“What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.”

This is definitely the truth when it comes to face exercises!

Welcome to our series about the history of facial exercises.

It seems that human beings have been forever focused on anti ageing, wrinkles, sagging and stretch marks.

The beginning of beauty care as we still know it today can be traced back to ancient times around 5000 BC.

All these thousands of years ago we find the first records of the Egyptians queens using aromatherapy and holistic therapy from natural oils, plants and other compounds to care for their face, hair and bodies.  They even wrote a book about it!  Cleopatra VII is believed to have written an ancient manuscript entitled The Beginning of the Book on How to Make the Old Young that was found in her tomb.

In the east, the Chinese empresses were at this time using jade rollers as jade was thought by the Chinese royalty to rid the body of bad Qi.  The stones were used to open the meridian points and stimulate the blood flow to repair, soothe and stop puffiness and wrinkles.

Face exercises in ancient civilisations, from what I can find in my research, started with Hatha Yoga in India and Buddha around 500 years BC.  Here we find exercises like the Lion.  One extends their tongue to it’s limits and tenses all their facial muscles while widening the eyes.  The exercise signifies the relief of a tense period.

1710

In modern times the first person accredited with “discovering” facial exercise as a way to stay young was a French woman by the name of Anne “Ninon” de L’Enclos.

Anne “Ninon” was born in 1620 and you could say she was one of the first true feminists.  She never married but instead chose to live a life as a author, patron of the arts and seen as a somewhat scandalous woman at this time as she wrote about women’s sexuality and was know for her adoring followers and lovers!

Part of her appeal was her beauty.  Anne was know as ‘the woman who never grew old’.   But it was not until after her death in 1705, that her personal attendant of 50 years, Jeanne Sauval, took the opportunity to publish the pamphlet of Madame Ninon de L’Enclos’ beauty routine, and this included, facial exercises.

Oh, how I wish I could find a copy…..

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La historia de Face Pilates – La belleza antigua hasta los tiempos modernos

5000 AC

“Lo que ha sido es lo que será, y lo que se ha hecho es lo que habrá hecho, y no hay nada nuevo bajo el sol.”

¡Esto sin duda es la verdad cuando hablamos de los ejercicios faciales!

Bienvenidos a nuestra serie sobre la historia de los ejercicios faciales.

Parece que los seres humanos llevan años focalizando su atención en la antiedad, arrugas, piel caída y estrías.

El comienzo de los cuidadados de belleza como lo conocemos hoy en día se remontan a los años antiguos alrededor de los 5000 AC.

En estos miles de años atrás, encontramos los primeros registros de las reinas egipcias usando la aromaterapia y las terapias holísticas, como los aceites naturales, plantas y otros compuestos, para cuidar a su piel, cabello y cuerpo.  ¡Hasta escribieron un libro sobre esto!  Se cree que Cleopatra VII escribió un manuscrito antiguo que se llamaba El Inicio del libro de cómo hacer que los mayores parezcan jóvenes, que se encontraron en su tumba.

Durante esta época en Asia, las emperatrices chinas usaban rodillos de jade.  La Realiza China creía que el jade eliminaba el Qi malo del cuerpo, y las piedras abrían los puntos meridianos y estimulaban el flujo sanguíneo para reparar, calmar y parar el hinchazón y arrugas.

Los ejercicios faciales en las antiguas civilizaciones, de lo que podía encontrar en mi investigación, empezaron con la Yoga Hatha en India y el Buddha alrededor de los 500 años AC.  Aquí encontramos los ejercicios como el León.  La persona extiende su lengua hasta su límite y tensa todos sus músculos faciales con los ojos bien abietos.  El ejercicio significa el alivio de un período tenso.

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En los tiempos modernos, la primera persona acreditada con el “descubrimiento” de los ejercicios faciales como manera de permanecerse jóven fue una mujer francesa que se llamaba Anne “Ninon” de L’Enclos.

Anne “Ninon”nació en el año 1620 y se puede decir que fue una de la primeras feministas verdaderas.  En vez de casarse, decidió vivir una vida como autora, patrona de los artes y algo de una mujer escandolosa en esta época ya que escribía sobre la sexualidad de las mujeres y se conocían por sus seguidores y amantes adoradores.

Parte de su llamamiento fue su belleza.  Anne fue conocida como ‘la mujer que nunca se envejeció’.  Pero no fue hasta su muerte en el 1705 que su asistenta personal durante 50 años, Jeanne Sauval, tomó la oportunidad de publicar el panfleto de la Madame Ninon de L’Enclos sobre su rutina de belleza que incluía los ejercicios faciales.

Ah como me gustaría encontrar una copía…

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References:

http://biblehub.com/ecclesiastes/1-9.htm
http://www.touregypt.net/egypt-info/magazine-mag06012000-mag4.htm
http://www.byrdie.co.uk/ancient-chinese-beauty-secrets/slide3
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http://www.look-younger-naturally.com/facial-exercises-history.html

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