Can I also train in supine position?

Question

I often suffer from back problems and have problems sitting upright. Can I train lying on my back?

Answer

Basically, all Faceformer exercises are performed during the day in an upright sitting position, without leaning against the back and with the feet raised shoulder-wide or standing. This is an important prerequisite for the erection of the head with effects on body tension and body statics, as well as for the correct positioning of the tongue. Perform the FaceFormer training at least two to three times in the intended posture with concentration. At night, the FaceFormer is additionally used after two to three weeks of training at the latest. It prevents mouth breathing and provides unconscious micro training for muscle tension and negative pressure formation by activating the FaceFormer lip wedge and by closing the mouth with the FaceFormer mouth shield (membrane function).

FaceFormer exercises that you perform while lying down cannot replace the intended exercise program, but can be performed additionally.


Do I have to follow the instructions exactly when practicing?

Question

Do I have to follow the instructions exactly when practicing? I’m afraid I won’t be able to keep up with the training in the long run. Or is it enough if I only use FaceFormer at night to fix my problems?

Answer

Follow the exercise instructions carefully! Bear in mind that any successful therapy requires your help. Faulty postures and movements can only be changed through exercises in such a way that a good and stable success remains.

The therapy is very successful and first successes are already achieved after a short time if you carry out the exercises consistently.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to help@drberndsen.de We are very interested in a positive course of the therapy and would therefore be happy to advise you. We would be very pleased if you would tell us briefly about your experiences.


Why you have to bite and swallow during the exercise

Question

I have a question about how to do the exercises: After pressing the lips, the short bite, swallowing and relaxation of the lips takes place. This is not mentioned in the video, but in the written instructions. I wonder how important it is to ‚bite and swallow briefly‘, whether I can skip it, because it is somehow ‚unpleasant‘. Does it serve to release the negative pressure that was created during pressing, or does it have another function? Could you instead replace the ‚bite and swallow‘ by briefly opening your mouth to release the negative pressure, or could you just go over to relaxation?

Answer

Biting and swallowing are very important and take place after 6 seconds of pressing lips or pulling while the tension is still there. This applies to both basic and pulling exercises. The muscle tension in the mouth and throat increases considerably.

There must be both biting and swallowing: When swallowing is performed correctly, it is always preceded by a short bite. By repeatedly performing this procedure consciously, you gradually achieve the unconscious realization, i.e. the correct movements even during sleep.

So: First the lip pressure or pulling exercise. Then bite open. Then swallow. Relax only after that. Even when you relax for 6 seconds, the lips are not opened. You keep all postures, the lips only give up their pressure for 6 seconds.

The negative pressure is maintained throughout the exercise sequence. This is a state that we want to achieve sometime without further support. When nasal breathing works, there is always negative pressure in the mouth and throat when the lips are closed. The negative pressure is only interrupted when the mouth is opened, e.g. while speaking, eating or drinking.