How is sliding on the skin superior to gripping and holding?

Technique is Important

This is a good question. When you go for a massage of the body, do you have the concern that your skin is going to be wrinkled or sagging from the experience? Of course not. Well, the same is true for the face and neck. All the pulling and sliding you do on the skin seems to stimulate collagen production and this in turn allows the skin to appear more elastic and firmer than it was before. When you exercise the body in the gym, the skin tightens up around a contracting muscle. So it does on the face and neck, as well and even more so than in the body, alone. Remember, one of the secrets of the CFF™ system is that you are sliding over the skin with a contracted muscle underneath the skin and this sliding against pressure we call muscle resistance training. You are NOT stretching the skin, you are sliding OVER the skin building muscle fiber and shortening and toning the muscles that create lift.

Skin Lifts Up as You Tone the Muscles

Furthermore, because the muscles of the face are connected directly into the skin which allows us to show facial expression, the skin therefore lifts up as you tone the muscle. And, as the muscle tones and smoothes out, the wrinkles also become less deep. That’s why the CFF™ program has a “Rubbing Out the Wrinkle” technique to help eliminate these lines as they become shallower and wider. This technique can help to get rid of wrinkles almost entirely.

Working Groups of Muscles is Key

I also know that many of the facial exercise programs ask you to “grip””and hold a spot on the face while working the muscles. One reason for this method of exercise has to do with “isolating” the muscle and working it. According to Salvatore Zambito, a specialist working with Olympic “runners” and a consultant in body building, isolation exercises are not necessarily the most efficient way to get a particular build. This is considered an “old-fashioned” approach to body building that was once thought to be the best way to get results. Muscles in the body are attached bone to bone, so while you can isolate and work the biceps, for example, it’s found that working from the point of view of muscle groups is much more effective.

If you want to isolate the muscle, then you need to be able to “grip” that “spot” and anchor the muscle to work it. You cannot easily isolate a muscle in the face and work it because the muscles are intertwined in the face. That is, one end is attached to the bone and the other through the skin. In some cases the muscles, like the Risorius are attached muscle to muscle. If you try and isolate a muscle and work it, you may get a bulky or uneven build to the face.

Muscles function in groups, especially in the face. Isolation works against function. CFF™ works groups of muscles and slides a lot on the face and neck to preserve the integrity of the fascia and work these muscle groups. This method is more “functional”. Muscles are always sliding on each other. The CFF™ method works in the way muscles in the face actually function. This allows the massage action to happen and is one of the reasons you have this more natural and sensual look with CFF™, which gives a well-toned appearance as well.

Furthermore, since ten times more oxygen comes to a contracted muscle than not, the skins ability to absorb moisture is increased and its elasticity is enhanced. Remember, the skin is “elastic” but it is also “alive”. It does not necessarily stretch out of shape like an “inorganic” piece of elastic. The skin is a living organism renewing itself with brand new skin cells, for example, every 7 days.

Bone Loss and Skin Rejuvenation

Recently, it has been discovered that we do have some bone loss as we age. Since we now know that exercise is one of the best things you can do to build and restore loss muscle fiber in the face, it appears with the CFF system putting pressure on these areas of the face through contraction of the muscles and sliding with your fingertips and hands consequently rejuvenates not only connective tissue to be more resilient and healthy and therefore allowing collagen and elastin fibers to grow, but this technique also prevents bone loss as well as building bone mass – all this through facial exercise. This would make sense. As you slide across the skin, you exert pressure along the skeletal bones of the face especially around the jaw line, the orbital eye sockets and the mouth as well as the brows and cheeks. This pressure challenges the bones of the face so that they are not only rejuvenated but healthier as well. You can read more about this here on my blog, Bone Loss and Skin Rejuvenation, coming soon!