Brain Tool #9: Facial Flex


Play Daily with These Steps to Boost Your Brain:

Lip Rotation
1. Begin by rotating the lips in a clock-wise circle several times while breathing from the belly
2. Next, rotate the lips in a counter-clock-wise circle several times while breathing from the belly

Face Crunch
1. Inhale deeply from the belly. At the peak of the inhale, tense or “crunch” the facial muscles inward. Be sure not to tense the shoulders or neck when doing so
2. Then, hold the breath for several seconds while the face remains “crunched”
3. Finally, exhale on “AH” while releasing the facial muscles. [Rest & Repeat]

Facial Flex Muscle Isolation Variations to Develop Flexible Thinking:

1. Flex the eyebrows up and down synchronizing the movement with the inhale/exhale
2. Inhale deeply while flexing right cheek muscles only. Hold for several seconds. Exhale on “AH” while releasing muscles [Rest] Inhale deeply while flexing left cheek muscles only. Hold for several second. Exhale on ”AH” while releasing muscles [Rest & Repeat]
3. Inhale deeply while flexing the entire right side of the face only (forehead to chin). Hold for several seconds. Exhale on “AH” while releasing muscles [Rest] Inhale deeply while flexing the entire left side of the face only (forehead to chin). Hold for several seconds. Exhale on “AH” while releasing muscles  [Rest & Repeat]
4. Do a “Flex Dance”! Flex the face (any muscle combo or isolation) to music with a strong rhythmic component (i.e. world music, drumming, jazz, rock n’ roll, hip-hop, or rap) Here’s a fun song to get you started! Kalimba

What’s Unique About This Brain Tool:

1. The cheek muscles are intricately connected to the soft-palate. When the cheeks are flexed upward, they help the throat to open naturally allowing for a more resonant singing and speaking voice ~ A more resonant voice provides richer overtones to the brain
2. The Facial Flex supports freedom of emotional expression in conversation and singing
3. The Facial Flex relieves unwanted tension
4. The Facial Flex is a “robust” brain activity, activating both left and right hemispheres of the brain
5. The “Flex Dance” (rhythmic facial flexing to a strong pulse) strengthens the “timing” mechanism of the cerebellum which supports improved speech and auditory processing