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Beauty is Bone and Muscle Deep

This post describes my foray into the world of facial aesthetics and how I discovered ways to modify the muscle and bone structure of the face.
Photo by Noah Buscher on Unsplash

I first became interested in facial massage when I was took a two-week Thai Massage course for beginners in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2019. I realised that a full body massage was too strenuous for me and I wanted to focus on an area of the body that can make the most significant impact on a person. Through my friend, Arnau, I was introduced to Nooy from the Sirichan Clinic who was an extremely skillful therapeutic masseuse and who taught therapeutic face massage that can reverse the signs of aging and help with condition of facial paralysis like Bell’s Palsy.

Nooy herself looks 20 years younger than her true age, with only some white hair revealing her true age. She told me that if I massage my own face regularly from young, it can be the case for me too.

So I learned how to do face massage. 🙂 And the process was challenging but enlightening. And I learned more than techniques to resolve tension in the facial muscles and the body system connected to the face, but the other peripheral concepts of a beautician’s practice, like how to wash and clean the face, and also life principles on how to make a living on this.

Alas, after coming back to Singapore, I did not have the courage to turn this into a business, but I continued to massage my own face and to explore other aspects of facial beauty.

I was convinced from my experience that a lot of the early signs of ageing that we are increasingly seeing more of in younger people can be reversed if they were more self-aware of their facial posture and facial tension and learned how to care for their facial structure and muscles.

Many women tend to focus on the outermost layer of their faces, the skin. And their skincare routine focuses predominantly on washing it and applying things to it. But they tend to neglect the deeper structures, like the muscles and the bones, that actually influences the outer layer of skin. Many also try to cover up for structural flaws through make up that can cover things like eye bags and skillful contouring can create the illusion of structure on the face. However, once the make up is removed, the real quality of the face is also revealed.

While I appreciate the art and beauty of make up and other cosmetic changes, my concerned was that people were not caring for the needs of this underlying structure and musculature, that when unaddressed, will continue to decline . No amount of make up can slow down this decline. However, awareness of muscular and skeletal issues and knowing how to care for these layers of the body can!

If you observe carefully women who look young even in their 50s and 60s, what they have in common is a strong facial structure with a well-supported maxilla . As you lose bone mass as you age, these women lose theirs more slowly and their facial muscles and skin continues to be tautly in place because of their strong bone structure. They like to give the reason that the secret to their youth is in their diet and keeping a healthy lifestyle, but the truth is that they have other factors going well for them such as a wide dental arch that could support all 32 teeth to grow evenly into, which can make a big difference to the rate of facial decline.

Among many things, I was taught how to erase away lines on the face through massaging the muscles in tension that caused those lines and how to reduce puffiness of face through lymphatic drainage techniques. More recently, I learned about how your teeth and jaw greatly affect your face structure and where you place your tongue at rest can mean whether your skull is supported or not.

Let me tell you a secret – beauty is not skin deep, it is bone and muscle deep. If you can learn to access this level of your facial structure – you can slow down the occurrence of facial ageing and return to a pre-maturely aged face a youthful countenance.

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