Last night I was contemplating about CFD (Cranial Facial Dystrophy) and it occurred to me the necessity to shorten the mid face, to add more dimensions to the face that can affect the eyes, nose, cheeks and all things that make up our face.
It’s just using common sense, if the maxilla has elongated, then you have less bone to work with for eye support, palate size, cheeks, etc, etc
I went to a wedding over the weekend, and the girls that were beautiful, I realized the most stand out feature they had over others was the shortness of their mid face. That was the one clear difference that separated them. With makeup that can accentuate the eyes & cheekbones, and the fact most people now have straight teeth because they had braces already, most can replicate those features to today’s standard of beauty, yet the human eyes can judge someone that can land on a cover of magazine versus one that cannot.
A short mid face is the one thing that can’t be replicated by cosmetics.
Above is Taylor Hill, a Victoria secret model, what becomes the defining difference with these model faces when compared to the rest of population is not shape of their facial features or even how much further forward her maxilla is, but how short the face is.
I understand now why in Asia, they equate facial beauty to small faces.
I sort of always knew that maxilla needs to shorten, or the length of my mid face was the biggest issue, but even asking Mike Mew and others, no one really knows whether its even possible to shorten it in adults, once the face has elongated. Yes you can make improvements by palate expansion but to really reverse the damage & move toward genetic potential, the maxilla has to pretty much change shape altogether.
We know that the bone can remodel at late age and get longer, but its not yet clear if the bone can “shorten”.
I feel I’ve seen some shortening than say 3 years ago, but I still have a long ways to go.
Some professionals I’ve spoken to in the past has theorized that its much more difficult to “shorten” bone than to lengthen it. It does seem true but I do not know from what data they have come up with that conclusion.
I thought about building stronger jaw muscle and keeping the jaws shut might be the way to shorten the mid face, also bio bloc stage 3 that keeps the jaws shut all night does seem to work as well but last night for whatever reason I started to wonder if head posture had anything to do with it.
Because I still notice I am tilting my head back slightly more often than not because of CFD if I keep true up right head posture, my lower jaw turns into recessed appearance. Which I know to be the true appearance, but in public to present a more normal appearance, the head is tilted back so the lower jaw can come forwards.
But I started to wonder if this posture had affect on the shapes of the bones in the face as surely the head being tilted back is going to put different gravitational forces than a head up right.
Head held up right is going to put the force more forwards, which could potentially help the maxilla shortening process because as the lower jaw drives upwards, the weight of the head is going down to meet it. Where as a head tilted back, more force is going towards the back of the head, towards the occipital bone. You can test this yourself but feeling the difference when you tilt your head back versus keep the head upright, lifting the occipital, with chin tuck.
And just like when a fighter takes a punch as he/she is going into the punch is much more devastating because of the collision of opposing forces, it too may apply here.
So I started playing with this idea, then I remembered few months back this person called Falooda, in the comments mentioned that he thought the most important factor for facial beauty is head posture.
After reviewing what he said this morning more closely, This might be a huge key that’s been over looked.
Here’s his comments
after doing lot of research and my own experience that the beauty of face depends entirely on head posture. in forward head posture some muscles lengthen and some shorten and so the lower jaw position changes.if one bends head downwards lower jaw goes back or retrudes and face changes middle face becomes short forehead lengthens. similarly if one lifts head upwards middle face elongates and forehead shortens changing your face .you can try it for yourself . you can see changes within days or even minutes. the most important thing in doing so is after inhaling just relax your jaw muscles and all other muscles during exhale while keeping the mouth closed and teeth touching slightly. when i do this i can feel some muscles in my jaw and temple or forehead region tighten and some getting stretched . after few minutes my face changes entirely . the biggest factor aging of face is muscles contracture or shortening of some muscle and lengthening of other simultaneously.
again the main factor is no forward head posture and head in a neutral position.
push your head back . stand against a wall with back of feet , shoulder blades and back of head touching the wall and look straight .
and relaxing the muscles especially head , forehead muscles is very important.
believe me you will see changes within few minutes
“bones dont remodel that fast as you are claiming . it is all about muscle length changes and lower jaw position which changes”
this is the link below from which i learned a lot and form which i got inspired and experimented . i dont know if i interpreterd and understood this properly.
here you can see for yourself
What he states is very interesting, because I do have a long mid face and I definitely have the head tilted back posture most of my life.
The link he provided also offers very interesting insights, such as:
“When muscles have been held tight for long periods of time, they shorten anatomically and acquire a decreased resting length in a process known as contracture.”
This explains why some people have hard time keeping their mouth closed at night while others can sleep on their backs just fine and the mouth stays closed.
(side note: few months ago I went on a trip to Europe, and watch in bit of amazement as my friend slept upright sitting on a plane and was able to keep his jaws closed, while my other friend the jaws came apart (the other friend with more elongated face), but I was stumbled on the fact that its not like my friend that was keeping his jaws closed chewed gum all the time or anything, and me despite chewing gum often, have been told that my jaw came apart sitting up right.)
Which brings me to a new understanding:
Its not about the strength of jaw muscles, but its the length that matters.
The short jaw muscle seem to be dependent on having proper head posture.
Another great paragraph:
“Muscles far from the source may be affected, because the postural muscles function as members of long myofascial chains running up and down the length of the body. A change in the resting length of one muscle affects all the muscles in the chain. Forward head posture can upset the balance between the chains of postural muscles on the front and back of the body and thereby lead to the loss of a single central upright resting posture. Subsequently the muscles and bones no longer fit perfectly together in a weight-bearing stance that allows them to rest simultaneously. They may avoid discomfort by frequently shifting stances such as rocking back and forth to alter the muscle groups receiving the strain. “
I believe this might be explaining my situation well, I used to always shift my body in different postures because one posture would begin to ache. My body posture was never good, and its possible that this all stemmed from prolonged open jaw posture, & lengthened jaw muscles.
The article also explains that the muscles also lengthen and change sizes in asymmetrical ways.
And this could very well explain for the biggest reason why faces become less symmetrical, its the whole muscular system of the body becoming more asymmetric & unbalanced.
So for example, look at Taylor Hill’s body posture, The head is postured nicely, straight over the shoulders as it should be. Her shoulders are even and the body generally looks pretty straight and even.
This might be a big key because I can’t even do the upright head posture without losing my chin completely which means I’m never doing it in public or normally, so my head is always tilted back, even if its slightly.
In the last 12 hours or so since I’ve been really fixing my head posture, I’m already noticing subtle differences to my face as well.
If Falooda or anyone in the comments can explain in more detail exactly which muscles in the face is lengthening / shortening with the different head posture and the mechanics behind that, I would love to hear / learn more about this.
I never thought about the possibility of muscles in the face shortening and lengthening due to head posture.
But it seems very plausible that bad head posture, alone can begin to alter the muscle length in the face, when you look at how connected all the muscles in the face are to the neck muscles and to the entire body.
Is it more accurate to say that Taylor Hill should thank her balanced musculature that comes from her great posture for her looks than anything else?
how much she chewed as a child, or how great her tongue posture is, might only be secondary factors.
I’m open to explore this further but I also know the importance of accepting what is. Because its possible that complete shortening is not possible once you are an adult.
Recently I wrote in the membership section about the internal shifts I’ve been going through in my level of awareness & consciousness. Letting go of mind’s neurotic attachment to the poor me story and its nature to never accept what is, I can say that its paying off as I feel I’m getting to a much better place to view this whole physical journey as a side thing and not something that consumes my entire life which can become detrimental to other areas of life. Anyway if you are struggling with negativity, awareness is your answer, it may not be for everybody but I recommend resources like Eckart Tolle, Ananta Kranti, few others.
Understanding that there is a dimension within that’s beyond the physical body, thoughts & emotion is true freedom, doesn’t mean you won’t take action but there’s definitely healthy & unhealthy ways to approach it.
I like the quote “what matters is not what you do, but the level of consciousness in which you do it”
Neymarjr’s technique has been put on hold, there was a month in which I did it and felt I was seeing results but I went bit too aggressive with that and now I need another minor correction surgery if I want to continue and I’ve just put it off as he is currently doing a lot of research and If I was to try again, I want that to be the very last surgery I try.
Because that is put on hold, a month ago I started doing belt face pulling
It is definitely working although not to the extent that the original poster’s pictures which are quite unclear.
But if you consider that in NCR a small balloon goes up in the nose and inflates and nudges the sphenoid slightly and other cranial osteopaths can shift and move cranial bones by nudging them with fingers, then biting down on a belt and pulling hard should also produce changes.
How far I can go remains unclear, but If what Falooda says is really true, that head posture can affect the length of various muscles in the face, then this could have the biggest implication (at least in my case). My lack of proper head posture might be one of the biggest issue that’s been holding me back that I may have overlooked. Time will tell, but I do feel I am on to something, as I am noticing the difference in the tension in the muscles of the face as I tilt my head back versus really upright.
Right now I’m very curious to find out more about Falooda’s statement:
“it is all about muscle length changes and lower jaw position which changes”