Daniela Toro, a physiotherapist specializing in the orofacial area, began to post some of the exercises she recommended to her patients on Instagram to make it easier for them to do them at home. When the lockdown began, his followers shot up. It was then that he began to compile his exercises and give shape to what he has called Face Fit, a training method for the muscles of the face and neck that, in addition to improving our health, improves the appearance of the face. To start practicing it, we just have to watch their videos of Instagram or get hold of The Face Fit method, a book in which he compiles all the exercises that will make us achieve a fitter and healthier face.
You just published the book The Face Fit Method. How did the idea come about?
I am a physiotherapist specializing in the orofacial area, and I have always treated my patients with the exercises that I do in my videos, although at the moment of truth, patients almost never do the exercises that the physios order. So, I decided to post a series of videos on Instagram for my patients to see and make as a complement to my treatment. During the confinement, my activity was suspended and I began to develop that part more online and to post many more exercises, and not only for my patients, but for everyone, because with the pandemic, many people began to have stress bruxism , to overload the neck more by teleworking … In addition, I dedicated myself to compiling and writing all my exercises and routines to improve, both in terms of health and beauty. Then one of the editors, who followed me on Instagram, suggested that I do the book. The proposal came at the right time.
How important is the facial muscles and why don’t we train them like when we go to the gym to do abs, arms or buttocks?
The facial musculature is a very important area and, however, we have it very forgotten. For example, a large part of our non-verbal language we do with the face, the jaw moves all the time, also the tongue … They are muscles that are almost always active in some areas, and can easily contract and, in other areas The opposite is true of the face, that they are poorly toned and that is why we notice wrinkles, sagging, etc. beforehand. Treating the muscles of the face is as important as treating the shoulder if we have an injury …, because there are very frequent injuries in the temporomandibular joint, which cause a lot of pain and discomfort, in the cervicals because they are not mobilized and have poorly toned neck …
“At the health level, the Face Fit improves and prevents bruxism problems, tinnitus, headaches …”
What are the benefits of Face Fit? Because you assure that it helps both health and beauty …
At the health level, it improves and prevents bruxism problems, tinnitus caused by overloads in the jaw muscles, headaches caused by trigger point in the neck … It is an excellent complement to therapy with the physiotherapist in consultation and even for complement psychological therapies, as these problems often come from stress.
And as for beauty, I realized that my patients, after my sessions, came out with a much more relaxed face, with better, more luminous skin … and that this lasted if they did the exercises at home. And this happens for several reasons. First, because the muscle gives structure to the skin, if the muscle is hypotonic, with little muscle tone, our skin will be more flaccid, while if it is too toned, it will have tension and more wrinkles, that is why it is important the equilibrium. To achieve this, you have to tone flaccid areas and relax those that are hypertonic. You have to relax, for example, the masseter, which is what we chew with, and areas such as the brow or the eyes. Or tone the cheekbones, because over the years, muscles lose and flaccidity appears, the nasolabial fold, etc. The same happens with the double chin … In addition to achieving this balance, the Face Fit also helps us to be aware of our muscles and avoid, for example, some habits that we do consciously, such as wrinkling our forehead when we look surprised. Also, thanks to exercises, massages, we increase the circulation of the area, there is more blood supply and the skin is more nourished and luminous.
How is your method different from others, such as Face Yoga, by Fumiko Takatsu, for example?
The first difference is the health part, which in Face Fit is very important and other methods are mainly aesthetic. I am a physiotherapist and I treat health problems, only that, in addition, the exercises we do to improve those health problems greatly improve the appearance of the face. Other differences are that there are intraoral exercises, there is a lot of manual therapy … it is more of a training.
People who want to start, what would you recommend?
Well, there is one thing that I always recommend and that is super important, and that is that they always put their tongue up behind their teeth, as if you were saying ‘n’. In this way there is no dental contact, there is not so much tension and we maintain our posture much better. First it is advisable to start with the mobility and stretching exercises, and then to tone up. In the book there are a lot of routines and they can be combined depending on what you need, if something hurts that day. We can start to do it when we do our facial routine, in front of a mirror and always being aware of the muscles that we are moving.
“I realized that my patients, after my sessions, came out with a much more relaxed face, with more luminous skin … and that this lasted if they did the exercises at home”
In your book there are many routines, exercises … Would it be enough to start practicing or do you recommend going to a professional first?
If you are a healthy person who only wants to prevent problems or improve your face, following the routines that I recommend in the book and in my Instagram videos would be enough, but if there is already a problem with pain, contractures … it is better to go first to a professional and, incidentally, consult him the Face Fit exercises that you want to start doing to complement and that he recommends. In this case, the book would be an extra help to healthcare professionals.
How long does a Face Fit routine take? Does it have to be done every day?
A routine can last between 10-15 minutes and a minimum of four days a week is recommended, but, as happens when we exercise in the rest of the body, we must be constant and incorporate it into our routine, in our lifestyle. In a month, if we are constant, we can already notice our face much fitter, more luminous, with less pain …
In your book you dedicate a chapter to breathing. Why?
In this case, especially due to the issue of posture because if our breathing is very agitated, shallow, with the upper part of the lungs … our posture is worse, the shoulders are advanced, the scalenes are overloaded and, in addition to We do not oxygenate ourselves well, the problems of vertigo, dizziness increase …
Does Face Fit have any contraindications?
Yes, there are some cases where it is not recommended. If you have had a recent operation in the area, and the first weeks after having a treatment with botulinum toxin, hyaluronic acid and tension threads. After a few weeks you can start, but always consult your doctor. It is also not advisable to do the exercises or massages on the neck if you have thyroid problems, but on the face there would be no problem.
Will the day come when there are also Face fit trainers in gyms?
I wish! Because as I also comment in the book, where I have included a topic about the body, there is a connection between the face and the body, we cannot separate it. For example, when you do crunch crunches and press your tongue against the roof of your mouth and open your mouth, the cervicals don’t suffer as much. Knowing things like this is very important for health.