Me in 2015 after 6 months of myofascial release:
If you take your knuckles or a baseball and press them into your brow, your cheeks or your jaw you will feel a dull but intensely aching pain. This pain can be so strong that it makes your breathing shallow and the pit of your stomach tight. When I started compressing my facial muscles it hurt so bad that I questioned whether I could ever make any progress. In fact, you can feel and see the progress every day. Facial acupressure is actually an old art that may have many benefits but is not yet grounded firmly in science. Also it does not aim to fully relieve the trigger points in the face. I think that the regimen presented here targets the most important myofascial restrictions in the face and guides you to rid yourself of them completely.
Me smiling in 2010 versus me smiling in 2016
My smile at 28 in 2010, on the left, looks sour and unsustainable. I have rings under my eyes, thick lower eyelids, upturned nostrils, deep marionette lines, heavy sneering, and the bulk of the smile is located around the nose rather than on the cheek bones. In the second picture each of those patterns is reversed. The change results from slowly massaging the tension out of the sneering muscles and strengthening the other smiling muscles using firm contractions and deep breathing.
Below the Eyes
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