The GOPex Program
The GOPex program, Good Oral Posture exercises is a regimen that can help guide children to acquire the habits that will foster excellent facial and jaw development and in tern allowing them to achieve their full genetic potential with large attractive jaws, healthy airway and a full (including Wisdom teeth) set of 32 straight and stable adult teeth.
Human biology explains that pressure stimulates bone cells to grow. We know that astronauts that travel into space lose precious bone cells due to the lack of pressure from gravity. In the same way, when our muscles do not have good tone and are not exercised properly they will not exert the weight that bones need to maintain their optimal shape.
By understanding this principle we developed GOPex to help our muscles through changing modern habits. A series of simple exercises can be incorporated into daily activities we can train the muscles to hold the posture with the adequate tonicity to apply weight to the cells and in turn allow the maximum growth of the facial structures.
GOPex focuses on facial posture, which has been largely ignored. A few generations ago good oral posture was practiced naturally in society. We observe that individuals living in traditional societies tend to have better overall posture than modern industrialized people.
We know now that this bad oral posture epidemic is responsible for less than ideal breathing and directly relates to poor sleep, which in turn is being linked to many behavioral problems such as ADHD and conditions like depression.
The development of GOPex came from the realization that by utilizing daily activities like chewing and speaking, our brain could integrate changes that would result in regaining the critical muscle tone needed for correct growth.
By utilizing “intention” we can teach children (and adults) to breath in a way that will help them develop proper nasal respiration, which allows the air to enter the body in the healthiest most efficient way.
We use GOPex to teach children how to rest properly. We know that rest is important, because we grow when we sleep, our grandmothers knew this!
Because we cannot train children when they are sleeping, we train them while they are awake by promoting resting pauses throughout the day, using common activities such as eating (chewing) and talking (reading or counting).
When chewing, in addition to exercising the jaw muscles by fully chewing harder more consistent unprocessed foods, we encourage long pauses and quiet swallowing. In this way we train the brain to rest in a specific way. So that when we are sleeping, this is the way we will rest. That would be with the lips and teeth in relaxed contact and breathing exclusively through the nose.
When talking or reading we ask children to obey the same rests as when chewing. Slowing down and taking time to think and express themselves clearly. It is clear to anyone that this has more than one benefit. By paying attention to these rests during speech and training our brain to receive air through the nose exclusively we achieve a re-wiring of the brain. If these activities are repeated enough during the day, they become “second nature” and when we are ready to rest at night, we will do it exactly as we have practiced during the day.
We strengthen muscles and encourage long pauses with exclusive nose breathing, tongue on the palate and teeth in light contact.
When GOPex is practiced consistently we trick the brain to rest in the specific way, that fosters maximum growth. That is what John Mew calls the Tropic Premise “Lips and teeth together with the tongue FULLY on the roof of the mouth and breathing exclusively through the nose for 4-8 hours a day”
By slowing down speech and making frequent long stops, we teach the brain that when it is time to rest, it should be done in a very specific manner. We know from neuroscience research, that if we perform a certain activity for a minimum of 30 consecutive days, we create a habit. GOPex guides children and their parents to successfully re-wire their brain by changing intention during 7 minutes of activities that they already perform every single day. These are not any additional activities, they are things they already do, but GOPex will teach to “chew as you mean it” and speaking slowly with specific long pauses, always taking air through the nose. In addition our nose warms, moisturizes, filters the air and adds important components such as nitric oxide to the air we breathe. All of which benefits are lost when we breath through our mouth.
There is enough research that shows that mouth-breathing will tax our bodies and make us more susceptible for chronic disease.
Through GOPex you are able to change behavior to maximize health and longevity.
As a side effect of GOPex, as you become healthier you will also become more attractive, because having better muscle tone and improving the quality of your rest will be noticeable in many aspects of your health, both on your looks as well as in the way you feel.