Muscle Diagram


Facial Muscles in Motion

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ARTATOMY - Muscle in Motion

Acknowledgment with special thanks is extended to the author of  Artnatomy Victoria Contreras Flores

FlexEffect Facialbuilding Vs Mainstream Facial Exercises

Our trademarked training technique, developed in 1979, separates FlexEffect Facialbuilding  from all other facial exercise programs.

Mainstream facial exercises  tell you to anchor the muscle (hold in place) for resistance.   FlexEffect Facialbuilding® calls for pulling/stretching the muscle before you contract.    By first elongating the muscle you will get what is known as a *concentric contraction and just as important Facialbuilding also uses *eccentric contractions commonly known as negative phase training, this particular type of contraction renders huge results. The two  types of contractions mentioned allow a greater advantage in building the muscle.   FlexEffect Facialbuilding is also the only training that addresses the aging affect of facial-bone-atrophy  and the loss of collagen and elastin. Jolting and Pressure Reps were developed by FlexEffect for bone-remodeling and Cross Stretching for skin remodeling.

*eccentric contraction:  when the resistance is greater than the force generated by the muscle i.e., the individual fibers of the muscle contract but the force (pull) is so great the muscle actually lengthens.

*concentric  contraction:  when the force of the muscle contracting is stronger than the applied resistance.


Some Muscle Info:

Deep lines or furrows of the face are classified as dynamic or static. Dynamic lines appear with movement i.e. the activity of facial muscles when you smile or frown. Static lines are unchanged with muscle movement such as Crows Feet. Eventually dynamic lines become static.... Oh really?

Every muscle of the face is there to do a specific job. For instance, there’s a muscle that opens the eye, and one that closes the eye, a muscle to lift the eyebrow, and one to lower the eyebrow.   In other words, for every muscle that does one job there is another one to do the exact opposite. The muscles that do the exact opposite are called ’antagonistic muscles.  These muscles work as a team.  When one is shortened (contracted) the other muscle is lengthened to the same extent. 

When we make a facial expression, only a portion of the muscle is being used… otherwise we would be making some pretty outrageous faces!  If one muscle is constantly contracted, than its antagonistic muscle is constantly relaxed.  Over time, this constant state partial contraction and relaxation (everyday expressions) cause the muscles to lose tone. When facial muscles begin to lose tone (starts around mid twenties) you’ll begin to see expression lines. Yes, there are other factors involved in making that line (photo damage etc.) but the muscle that was used to… lets say… pull back (smooth out) a frown just doesn't SNAP back the way it used to.

The only way to maintain muscle tone is to use all of our muscle fiber to maximum.  Do we do this daily? ... No…Why?…Not in our nature....Why?... natures way of allowing are bodies to age.  Can you do something about it…. Yes…. Build, build, build.