Thursday, 19 February 2009

Facial Yoga with Fumiko


Facial Yoga instructor Fumiko Takatsu appeared on last week's episode of OneēMANS . She introduced facial exercises combined with traditional yoga postures to tighten the face and strengthen muscle. According to Fumiko, we only use 20% of our 60 different facial muscles which is why our face begins to sag as we age. By doing simple facial exercises daily, you can reduce neck fat, add more symmetry to your face, and slow down the aging process.

フェイシャルヨガの先生、高津文美子は先週のおネエ★MANSに出ました。顔をリフトアップし、表情筋を強くするためのフェイシャルエクササイズとヨガポーズのコンビネーションを導入しました。文美子先生が言うには、私たちは60種類ある表情筋の20%しか使わないので、年を取ると顔がたるんでしまいます。毎日簡単なフェイシャルエクササイズを行うと、首の脂肪が減って、顔がもっと対称的になり、アンチエイジングになります。

What impressed me most with Fumiko was that, not only she did seem to lack a single ounce of fat on her face and looked quite youthful for her age, she was able to move all sorts of facial muscles that I didn't even know you could control. In addition to face-firming tools and how-to books, Fumiko has her own facial yoga DVD that can be purchased online or at health and beauty stores, such as Loft.

感動したのは、文美子先生の全く脂肪の無い小顔や若さより、全く動かせるとは思えないような表情筋を動かせることです。小顔にするツールや本に加え、文美子先生は自分のフェイシャルヨガのDVDを出しています。インターネットでも買えますし、健康・美容、またはロフトなどのお店で手に入れることができます。


The Facial Yoga DVD comes with a large, compact mirror so you can watch your facial expressions as you work out. The DVD is divided into 3 parts: 1. Facial Yoga 2. Facial Yoga Body Plus 3. Facial Yoga Let's Dance! The first part contains all of the basic facial exercises and lasts about 13 minutes. The second part, which is almost 15 minutes long, combines the facial exercises with traditional yoga poses and mat exercises. The final part combines facial exercise with yoga and standing exercises. I'm not sure why it's called Let's Dance! as it doesn't involve much dancing but it does require more body movement than the first two sections of the DVD. Altogether, the DVD is almost 50 minutes long.

フェイシャルヨガのDVDには、運動をしながら顔の表情を見ための大きいコンパクト鏡が付きます。DVDが3つのパートに分かれています: 1. フェイシャルヨガ 2. フェイシャルヨガ・ボディプラス  3. フェイシャルヨガ・レッツダンス! パート1は約13分でベーシックの顔エクササイズ、表情筋トレーニングだけです。次のパートは15分近く、顔のエクササイズをしながら伝統的なヨガのポーズとマットの運動をします。ラストのパートは顔のエクササイズとヨガと立ち運動。あんまりダンスが入っていないので、なぜ「レッツダンス!」と名付けたのか分かりませんが、パート1と2より身体を動かしたりします。DVD全体は50分くらいです。

The facial exercises may seem incredibly silly but that is what makes them fun. If they weren't silly, you would probably lose interest. My favourite facial yoga expression would have to be the "Yummy-Face" which reminds me of Fujiya's Peko-chan." The body movements and yoga postures are quite simple. If you've had some experience with yoga, the exercises are even easier to pick up. Although the DVD is very easy to follow, it could benefit from a glossary or a small pamphlet explaining the facial exercises in detail and what specific muscles they work. Sometimes the sound effects are a little annoying but otherwise, it is a nice product.

顔の表情がちょっと可笑しいかも知れませんが、それが楽しみです。可笑しくなかったら多分、興味なくなります。一番好きなファイシャルヨガ表情は、不二家ペコちゃんに似ている「おいしい顔」です。身体の動きやヨガのポーズはかなりシンプル。ヨガの経験がある方にはエクササイズをもっと簡単に覚えられます。フェイシャルヨガのDVDはとても分かりやすいですが、詳しい顔のエクササイズやどの表情筋を運動させているかを説明するグロッサリーやパンプレットがあった方が更にいいと思います。たまに効果音がちょっとイライラしますが、それ以外はとてもいい商品だと思います。

Although I only started the exercises a few days ago, I already think that my face is a little thinner and more symmetrical though this may be wishful thinking. Even so, I certainly feel my face and neck muscles working and I enjoy the exercises. Keep in mind, I do the full 50 minute facial yoga in addition to my daily 1 to 1.5 hours of exercise. Facial yoga is not body intensive and should be a supplement to and not replace your regular exercise. Fumiko also teaches classes in the US and Japan, although I imagine it is very difficult to reserve a spot due to her soaring popularity right now. The DVD is 3990 including tax.

数日前にフェイシャルヨガを始めましたが、もう顔が少し痩せて、前より対称的になったと思います。これはただの思い込みかもしれませんが、顔や首の筋肉が働いてることも感じていますし、エクササイズが楽しいです。ただし、私は50分のフェイシャルヨガの上に毎日1〜1.5時間の普通の運動をしています。フェイシャルヨガはそれほど身体にキツくないので普通のエクササイズの代わりではありません。いつもの運動と一緒にやった方がいいと思います。文美子先生は日本とアメリカでレッスンを行っていますが、今はとても人気者なので入りにくいかもしれません。DVDは税込3990円です。

3 comments:

Eka said...
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Eka said...

Sorry I had to delete my earlier comment. I had to edit it. Anyway, that Facial Yoga exercise dvd is very interesting. I remember my teacher in Personality Development taught us a couple of Facial exercises too. I hope I could get a copy from Amazon Japan. Is it that easy to understand even if you understand little Nihongo?

En エヌ said...

Yes, it's very easy to follow. You might have some difficulty memorizing the names of the exercises but otherwise, the language shouldn't be a problem.

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