FIX YOUR POS­TURE FOR A FACELIFT!

Pos­ture-train­ing ex­pert DELL-MA­REE DAY ex­plains how im­prov­ing your stance can make for a more youth­ful face

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Health -

Who says you need to go un­der the knife to get a facelift? It turns out a few sim­ple changes to your pos­ture can re-en­er­gise your fa­cial mus­cles – which makes for a more toned look­ing face.

Dell-ma­ree Day gives her top five tips on how to do so...

EL­E­VATE YOUR COM­PUTER

“As we’re sit­ting down most of the day, the first thing you need to do is po­si­tion your­self cor­rectly at your desk,” Dell-ma­ree ex­plains. “El­e­vate your com­puter so your eyes are look­ing at the top third of your screen. If your com­puter is too low your shoul­ders, neck and face will be pulled down­wards.”

LEARN TO SIT COR­RECTLY

“Next, learn to move your spine away from the back of your chair and sit on the front half of the chair,” says Dell-ma­ree. “Place your feet flat on the floor di­rectly un­der your knees with a fist-size space be­tween your feet and knees.”

It’s im­por­tant to sit straight and as tall and re­laxed as you pos­si­bly can, with re­laxed arms. “As you do this, the nat­u­ral curves of your spine are re­in­stated,” she adds.

LEARN TO STAND COR­RECTLY

When you’re not sit­ting you also need to stand cor­rectly. “Look straight ahead with your feet 10cm apart,” in­structs Dell-ma­ree. “Stand as tall and re­laxed as pos­si­ble. You’ll in­stantly look and feel slim­mer as your lower and up­per back will lift and your shoul­ders will re­lax. Don’t let your head flop down­wards – this pulls the neck for­ward re­sult­ing in a hunch­back.”

RE­ALIGN YOUR FACE

“Now you’re seated or stand­ing cor­rectly, the first thing to re­mem­ber is to al­ways try to look straight ahead,” Dell-ma­ree says. “Make sure your jaw isn’t too close to your throat or too far away. When in rest­ing mode, your fa­cial and neck mus­cles should al­ways be re­laxed, not clenched. This will nat­u­rally strengthen your neck mus­cles, and your jowls and brow will in­stantly lift.”

PRAC­TISE A NEU­TRAL MOUTH POS­TURE

“If your mouth tends to pull down­wards, smile when you can to lift the lower area of your face. Smil­ing uses 70 face mus­cles so that’s quite a work­out,” says Dell-ma­ree. “An­other tip is to prac­tice a ‘neu­tral mouth’. Look in the mir­ror with your nat­u­ral rest­ing face. If you look ‘an­gry’ or ‘sad’, pull your mouth into neu­tral line. Prac­tise un­til it starts to feel more nat­u­ral.”

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