Tongue Posture will Make You More Handsome or Pretty

Another check in the column for tongue posture!

I have written several times on this site advising you to press your tongue upwards into the soft tissue behind your top front teeth. I discovered this from a meditative perspective when I noticed it created “upwards energy flow” and decreased anxiety. In the following video, it is explained how Doctors John and Mike Mew have shown that this exercise actually changes your facial bone structure over time, improving jawline and making you more handsome or pretty. Fascinating stuff!


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12 Responses

  1. Rick says:

    Would you recommend to press your tongue upwards into the soft tissue behind your top front teeth as much as possible?
    Any other tips or is this the only one in order to get a more pretty or handsome face?

    • Illuminatus says:

      >Would you recommend to press your tongue upwards into the soft tissue behind your top front teeth as much as possible?

      I do not think hard pressure is necessary (plus that would be exhausting). But enough to keep the tongue in contact with the roof of the mouth, until it becomes a habit. There is a kind of “natural resting place” the tongue will end up with practice (just experiment).

      The video also suggests that you keep your teeth in contact with each other (but not pressing them together, or clenching). My view on this is that teeth will need to be together sometimes but not others (I have no definite “rule” for this yet).

      >Any other tips or is this the only one in order to get a more pretty or handsome face?

      I have heard that chewing gum often can create a stronger jawline. Also, growing a beard and trimming it to make the jawline appear stronger.

      But that’s all I got. 🙂

  2. Jrager says:

    I’ve read that the creating pressure on the back third of the mouth is more important than the front for mewing. The amount of pressure applied to the back of the palette at the end of a swallow is the correct amount of pressure to apply. Proper swallowing is another thing Mew teaches:
    This can lead to hollow cheeks, which can look attractive.
    I’m skeptical that mewing can cause a significant change to the jaw and maxilla for adults, but it’s still good for keeping the muscles tight as you age at the least.

    • Illuminatus says:

      Hi Jrager,

      I watched a few of Mike Mew’s videos yesterday, including the one you linked to. I had come across him before, many years ago, in the video “Growing Your Face”:

      One thing that struck me about him in that video is that his posture is incredibly weird. Part of that is his ill-fitting clothes. However, those aside, I still would not take him as a role model. For comparison, see Esther Gokhale, or any Alexander Technique teacher — those guys all tend to have really great posture.

      Anyway, that’s not to say Mew is wrong about anything he says. I’m sure plenty of it is right. My impression however is that he micromanages each part of his body in an atomized way, and has no uniting theme (such as Alexander Technique’s “free your neck” and other movement focus).

      In my experience, focusing on muscle groups and exercises will only take you so far. To really fix the body, meditation is absolutely required, because that is the only thing that gives the fineness of attention required to release “microwinds” etc. and start putting things right on a very fine neurological level.

      So, I’m not sure how much attention should be given to learning Mew’s many techniques. I would advise a beginner to place the tongue against the roof of the mouth and find out just from personal experimentation how it is supposed to “fit” there, then leave it there.

  3. FirstTimeCommenter says:

    First of: sorry, if this comment comes out a bit fucked up, since I’m writing it tired as fuck after a long day at work.

    Wow! Cool find! I think this tongue stuff really is profound.

    “But enough to keep the tongue in contact with the roof of the mouth, until it becomes a habit.“

    I had this down 2 times last year for several weeks (in June and in December), but I lost it, maybe I was pressing to hard, after a while it started to feel a bit exhausting and unnatural/forced again, I dunno.

    I also kind of gave it up actively, because I thought it might interfere with the Do Nothing meditation, which now thinking about it is probably a rubbish thought, since especially during Do Nothing the tongue will probably rest wherever it feels right (I guess).

    I would like to try your “working with the feeling modality” meditation tomorrow (I figured Saturdays would be a good time to experiment a bit with different meditation practices). Since it is a directive / concentration meditation (as far as I understood it), would you recommend applying a bit more tongue pressure for it than the daily, permanent “default” tongue pressure so to speak?

    On a side note: two years back, on a day at which I was in deep emotional turmoil, I stumbled across your “anxiety tip: tongue pressure” post. After appling this for a few minuets, I felt a serenity I had not experienced in years. It stayed with me the rest of the afternoon and evening. So thanks for that!

    • Illuminatus says:


      I don’t have any definitive answers for you. Just figure out how your tongue is supposed to “fit” in its default position (against roof of mouth), then habituate that, then forget about it. If you got serenity from it once, repeat that, as that is your major clue. You don’t want to be worrying about these things too much during meditation.

      • FirstTimeCommenter says:

        Thanks, man! Sound’s like a plan.

        P.S.: As announced I tried the “working with the feeling modality” meditation last Saturday. It is too early for me to tell if I will be able to “get the hang of it” anytime soon. I will probably practice it at the next few weekends as well (might not mange to do so the next one due to appointments, though) and report back in the comments below the respective blog post.

  4. Pat says:

    I saw some material on Mike Mew and his ideas about tongue posture around a year ago. I tried them, but I made the mistake of thinking I had to keep my tongue pressed i to the roof of my mouth much harder than was actually necessary. Illuminatus’ above comment about using just enough force to keep it in contact with the roof of the mouth was helpful for me, making it much easier to do for long periods of time while still getting the positive results from it.

    • Masoom says:

      Did you notice any improvement when using hard force?

      • Pat says:

        No, quite the opposite actually. When I tried to press my tongue into the roof of my mouth too hard, it limited my breathing somehow, and would usually cause me to yawn (whether I was tired or not.) It wasn’t more beneficial, and it also wasn’t sustainable long term.

  5. Masoom says:

    When you place your tongue on the roof of your mouth, does your tongue tend to touch your molars as well?

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