Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Happy Face Yoga|
Actor: Gary Sikorski
Genres: Exercise & Fitness
Gary Sikorski instruction on these wonderful facial toning exercises. Lots more info at HappyFaceYoga.com
I'll be darned
Yahtzee! | San Francisco, CA USA | 05/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm an extreme skeptic. I just turned 43, and I've always looked younger than my age, but recently, I have started noticing that my naso-labial folds (from nose to corners of mouth)and those "elevens" (the furrow between my brows from frowning and studying too much) were getting deeper.
I was looking on amazon for some look younger books/dvds, and what I started noticing is that there are a LOT of bogus reviews out there!
One author/publisher in particular (Carole Maggio's Facercise, ESPECIALLY) had a whole lot of 5 star reviews written by people whom had only ever just reviewed her book. The one star reviews were all written by people like me, people who had several pages worth of reviews written. Almost every one of those reviews said her exercises made the naso-labial folds WORSE...I wasn't going to chance THAT!
I even notcied that the AUTHOR HERSELF had given herself 5 stars and written a "review" saying she'd happily autograph boxes full of these dvds if you were having a party and wanted to give them as gifts!! Eww!
I only mention that because it really turned me off and taught me to look at the reviewer's info, before I trust what they had to say (next to any reviewer's name, above their review, there's a little down arrow button that if you scroll over, you can see how many reviews they've written)
So, I came to this item, and took a good, hard, skeptical look. though it only had 4 reviews, they seemed to be real.
I looked up happyfaceyoga.com (Gary's website) and was pleasantly surprised that there were video clips to try out, and you can buy directly from his website (at $20 plus shipping--a WAY better deal than here on amazon and I could use my paypal account--extra points!)
I purchased it and it arrived super quickly, and I started doing the exercizes every other day. I didn't follow his suggestion to learn the first 6, and do them for a few days, but rather, I do the disk start to finish, only one rep each, every other day. Gary's exercises all stem from routines done by thespians (stage actors) in order to emote better during performances.
It's only been a little over a week, but I can already see the elevens have smoothed out, and the naso-labial folds look much better--comperable to maybe when I was between the ages of 30 and 35 years old. My husband commented on it, even.
I'm a believer.
A note about the DVD--it's well laid-out. As a health care professional, I like that he explains each exercize before doing it, sitting in front of a chart that shows the particular muscle groups you're going to be contracting and flexing. This helped me isolate the muscles in my face while doing the exercise. You might not care about this, but I found that it helped me.
Soon I hope to be able to do the whole dvd with as many reps as he suggests, or maybe I won't need to since I'm starting now, while the problems are just starting to emerge. Maybe by starting early it will be maintenance, as opposed to "rebuilding" (there are some drastic before and afters on his website!)
I think it was worth every penny and I hope Gary follows it up with more dvds :)
The most intense facial workout...
Becket | 03/29/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you would like to get the feeling of what this program is like, go to Google and type in "Happy face yoga". Gary Sikorski has an amateur made website with some information about his program including a short extract from his DVD.
The one thing I like about this program is that Gary shows things the way they are, he doesn't care choosing young models like Tal Reinhart, for example. This DVD is not that professionally done though, but I guess everyone is after the exercises, and the explanation of the exercises is adequately done.
This facial exercise program is the most intense out of all other DVD programs listed below. The exercises are chosen in such a way as to create the maximum amount of stress to the muscles. An extreme program like that would probably be very effective to tone your face in a short period of time or for older people when the result is more difficult is achieve.
However, if you are below 40 or so, it is probably better to adhere to a moderate exercise routine ((1), (3) and (4) can be described as moderate stress workouts) and continue with it "forever". Extreme workouts like the one offered on this page, if done on a regular basis, will give your face a robot-like look (the shape of some of your facial muscles will be noticeable, will look as though you wear a mask. If you have ever seen their pictures, Gary Sikorski and Carole Maggio look like that). Besides, if you stop exercising for some time the deterioration of your look will be faster than if you follow a moderate workout program.
And by the way, this is the only facial workout DVD produced by a male.
Alternative facial workout DVDs sold at amazon are as follows:
1) Facial Workout - Because the Muscles Don't End at the Neck by Tal Reinhart
2) Stay Young with Facebuilding
3) Face Aerobics One by Judith Olivia
4) Face Aerobics Advanced by Judith Olivia
5) Facial exercises by Elizabeth Payne
6) Beginning Facercise by Carole Maggio
7) Facercise Advanced by Carole Maggio"
J. McGee | Marion,il | 09/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It has only been 2 weeks but I can see and feel a difference, I am 47 and I will continue to do the exercises everyday. Once you learn them you can do them anytime, anywhere. I did feel that my face was getting droppy and tired looking, so I am glad that I took the chance, it is well worth the 22.95. I recommend this to anyone who needs a lift in life and can't afford the risk or money of plastic surgery."
Karen Kessler | Kailua Kona, Hawaii | 06/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have at least 5 different face exercise DVD's, I received this one today and I really felt the muscle burn. I know if I follow Garys instructions and do all the reps I will see fast results. His models are middle age women who I can relate to. Out of all the ones I have this one I like the best."