Mewing 101: The Beginner's Guide

February 8, 2020
Mobility
Author: 
Joel Runyon

We're going to cover the background of mewing, how to do it, what sort of results you can expect and common mewing mistakes people often make.

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What is Mewing?

Mewing is a term typically referring to a series of exercises focused on tongue placement inside your mouth to improve your overall jaw posture and according to some claims reshape your face.

We'll get into the history of mewing and how to do it specifically, but in short - think of mewing as posture exercises for your face. It's an oversimplified explanation, but it's a good place to start.

The History of Background

Mewing the term comes from the doctor that invented the techniques. The term mewing is based of the Dr. John Mew - a British orthodontist who posited that jaw posture is the cause of several facial-related maladies.

He's not without controversy though. According to the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, he "was recently stripped of his dental license by the General Dental Council. The dismissal was on grounds of misconduct for publicly denigrating the traditional practices of orthodontic tooth movement."

Mew has a popular YouTube channel with nearly 200,000 subscribers.

How to Do Mewing (The Technique)

If you want to get started mewing, here's a quick primer:

  1. keep your mouth closed and your teeth gently touching.
  2. move your tongue to the roof of your mouth and lightly press it
  3. you should feel a little pressure throughout your jaw
  4. be sure to not block your airway as you breathe
  5. maintain this whenever you possibly can

The Benefits of Mewing

So why would you jump in and start doing these weird tongue exercises. The proponents seem to love. In addition to improving facial structure, proponents claim mewing will help with

  • speech disorders
  • seep apnea
  • breathing problems
  • swallowing problems
  • sinus inflammation

The health reasons seem to be tougher to nail down, but the primary reason for people to take up mewing seems to be the increased focus in improving your jawline.

Mewing Before + After (What To Expect)

Before & After photos coming soon...

Common Mewing Mistakes

Mewing should let mean you feel pressure on your face, but it should not hurt or feel pain at all.

Don't be a mouth breather - focus on trying to breathe through your nose as much as possible.

Don't press just the tip of your tongue to your mouth. Rest the whole thing without blocking your airway.

Keep your mouth closed, not clenched.

Mewing Summary

Mewing focuses on reshaping your jaw and improving facial posture through tongue placement exercises.

There are a lot of anecdotal stories about mewing success, but less studies on this. It's a new area and there needs to be more studies.

There do not seem to be any major apparent downsides to mewing, so approach it as your own risk.

Other Mewing Resources

1. https://www.healthline.com/health/mewing

2. https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/mar/21/mewing-youtube-face-shaping-trend-what-is-it-technique-explained

3. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/d3medj/mewing-is-the-fringe-orthodontic-technique-taking-over-youtube

4. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6808091/Mewing-technique-coined-Dr-Mike-Mew-changes-face-shape.html

5. https://old.reddit.com/r/Mewing/

Joel Runyon

Joel is the founder of IMPOSSIBLE and the founder of MoveWell.

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