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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.