The Forgotten Resets: Kissing, Smiling, and Sucking

Categories: Blog, blog Jun 01, 2020

And now, an article by OS Coach, Andrew Hutchinson: 


As you all know well, when we are born, the first thing we do (or at least the first RESET we “perform”) is breathe. The most important thing we need to do to survive and the thing we need to do according to our design (diaphragmatically) to thrive.


The next thing we do, certainly if we were to put it together into a standardized sequence of sorts, would be to feed/drink. This is clearly important from a nutritional perspective, however, what is often overlooked is the development of the structure of the face and jaw (and by default, the head and neck being so closely connected – and then obviously everythingelse further “down the chain”) and how feeding (sucking on ideally, a mothers breast) impacts the body in profound ways. 


How our jaw “rests,” the angle between our nose and jaw, how well supported the maxilla is by the tongue – and many other subtle factors - 


All of these are hugely influential on how well we breathe. But also important is how the muscles of the face “rest” and move, they send information via the nervous system (facial nerve, trigeminal nerve, feeding into the pituitary and pineal and so on), contributing to, even creating, our reality through controlling how we feel.Your face largely affects your emotions and influences how you will see the world - whether positive or negative.


Believe it or not, much of your facial musculature was created through sucking. When babies suck to feed, it strengthens the facial and neck musculature according to how it was designed to develop. Feeding, sucking to feed, creates optimal jaw and facial alignment and strength for the child. Not surprisingly, nature's design, a child sucking on a mothers nipple performs this job beautifully and is a large part of why breast feeding is so beneficial to infants.


Please understand that I understand that there are many reasons why many children are not breast fed and the teats on bottles, while not perfect, do a pretty good job in this regard, as does sucking on a pacifier.


Anyway, sucking performs a very powerful job in our development, as does smiling – they are 2 “ends” of our facial movement – like rocking for the face if you like. Today, though you are no longer a child, sucking can still be beneficial to your overall health and wellbeingl and as such can be utilised as a powerful reset.


As with anything within the OS realm, play and exploration are huge here. Try this and test it out to see how it affects your body and your emotions: Form a big pucker with your lips and try to suck just near the tip of your tongue as if you were trying to suck on a straw in a very thick milkshake or smoothie  – Feel the work that the jaw and facial muscles do and how the tongue becomes part of that motion – like a waveAlso, hold a pucker long enough until it just melts away. Do this for about 20 times and test it out. Test your range of motion, your strength, or your emotions.


For an added bonus, and this is my favourite – Smile as you inhale through your nose  and form a pucker as you exhale through your nose. Don't rush this. Even hold the position in either a smile or a pucker if your face suggests that’s where it wants to stay (it will mostly be the pucker in my experience). But explore your face, moving between smiling and puckering, and see how you feel - this can be so powerful. 


Again, youur face, how you hold it, determines greatly how you feel and how you see the world. Kissing, smiling and sucking greatly determine how you hold your face. But doing is believing. So I invite you to spend some time kissing, smiling, sucking, breathing and repeating.


Much love


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