Bell’s Palsy Facial Exercises Part 2 – The Warm Up
Before reading this post please read the following in order:
- Bell’s Palsy Facial Exercise Series – Part 1 – Introduction
- Bell’s Palsy Facial Exercise Series – Part 2 – The Warm Up
- Bell’s Palsy Facial Exercise Series – Part 3 – The Mental Aspect
- Bell’s Palsy Facial Exercise Series – Part 4 – The Physical Aspect
- Bell’s Palsy Facial Exercise Series – Part 5 – The Exercises
IMPORTANT WAYS TO WARM UP BEFORE ANY FACIAL EXERCISES
Water, moisture, heat and massage
Water is very important. Before facial exercising drink some water. This may sound odd but you will find that your face is far more moveable when you are properly hydrated.
Splash or wipe your face with some water before you exercise it. Again, you will find that it will move better and easier.
These are good tips when you arise in the morning and during and after any type of exercise when, at both those times, your facial movements may not feel as fluid as normal. Before you panic that things are going wrong (as I did) try these water techniques and see yourself improve.
You will also notice that your face is definitely tighter when you are cold or when you are stressed. Remember this before you get worried something is going wrong.
Applying heat to your face before exercise is of great benefit. You can heat up a bag of uncooked dry rice in the microwave (a very short heating time, just check every 20 seconds or so until it is warm enough – NOT HOT) this provides malleable heat for the different parts of your face and stays warm for a long time.
Gently massage your face before any facial exercises. Just as with any other muscle, it is essential that you warm it up first. Massage with your fingers flat against you skin, in gentle circular movements.
Very gently, tap with the tips of your fingers, underneath you eye on the soft part (the bit we usually refer to as the “bags”) and tentatively go around the shape of the eye over the eyebrows and back around to the start.
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