Anna Melnikova, the creator of the popular healthy marathons Melannett and a member of the Synergy Woman Forum, has more than three million subscribers on Instagram. Such an audience gathered at a professional tennis player and a mother of three children for seven years. Smoothing nasolabial folds and wrinkles, aligning posture, getting rid of edema and osteochondrosis are just a few of the problems that promise to be solved during the three-week Melannett marathon. With an expert, we discussed why Anna is against face fitness, how wrinkles and posture alignment are related, and other nuances of the now popular rejuvenation technique.
As part of the MelAnnett marathons, you do facial gymnastics. How is it different from face fitness?
Although MelAnnett marathons are often associated with feyfitness, it has nothing to do with us. If you dig deeper and make out the origin of the word, it becomes clear that face fitness (or face building, face yoga) is based on pumping up muscles. Adepts of this direction and, in particular, one of its founders Carol Maggio says that the muscles of the face need to be pumped in the same way as we swing the buttocks, arms and abs. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way.
These muscles are already loaded to the maximum. We smile, frown, laugh, talk, chew something, squint. It turns out that every day we put them into action without realizing it.
I am doing muscle relaxation. Let’s explain it with the example of the borderline that worries everyone. Eyebrow wrinkles appear from the fact that we frown, get angry, proud. The muscle located in this area (also called the muscle of the proud) is constantly contracting, it becomes more difficult to relax with age, and the skin above it sags. That is why you need to work on relaxation in order to restore the muscle to its former elasticity and get rid of creases and wrinkles.
I am not against other coaches, I know that with the help of face fitness you can well drive away swelling - this is the result most often seen by girls with full faces. But if they continue to practice, they may be disappointed, as they will get sunken cheeks, pumped muscles.
You often write that wrinkles are directly related to overall health. Tell me how?
It is useless to rub your face if you have grade 5 scoliosis and do nothing with it. You need to start with him.
With age, all our natural processes slow down. Our task is to speed up blood circulation, lymph flow, metabolism. Therefore, we work not only with the face, but also with the neck, spine, shoulders, shoulder blades. It's great that people hear and believe more - when seven years ago I started writing my first articles, everyone was extremely skeptical. And now questions like "What does the neck and my crow's feet have to do with it" rarely arise.
The whole story of a beautiful face begins with a healthy spine. I can say with 90% confidence that the asymmetry of the face is associated with the peculiarities of the spinal column.
You need to look at the root of the problem, dig. This may be due to how we were born, how we live now. All our features, "twists" affect the face.
We begin to stretch the spine, put the pelvis in place. For the first 1.5-2 weeks of the marathon, we only do the back, neck and shoulders. And the girls write: "And my interbrow" let go "," and my eyes opened, " and my forehead smoothed. " And we haven't touched the face yet.
It is important that your lymphatic drainage system works. A girl can weigh 47 kg, and her face looks round and swollen, her cheeks are puffy, her eyelids are drooping, which means that the neck does not work.
The same applies to the formation of adipose tissue in the region of the seventh cervical vertebra (the so-called "widow's hump"). Doctors even suggest surgical intervention, in fact, you need to restore the body's natural processes so that excess fluid goes away and blood circulation improves.
Is it possible to do facial gymnastics if Botox is injected?
Yes, you can, but it must be borne in mind that gymnastics, like any massage, accelerates the absorption of drugs. This may upset some girls, but I advise you to keep practicing. It is necessary to eliminate the causes, and not to take temporary measures in the form of Botox and fillers, which will only worsen the situation in the future.
There is an opinion that people with thyroid problems should not do facial gymnastics. It's true?
No that's not true. Some doctors are reinsured and say that such people should not be given massages. This logic is not entirely clear to me. But since there is such a stable position and everyone is afraid, before starting classes, I express my pros and cons, and the decision is made by the person independently. On the example of girls, I see an improvement in the functioning of the thyroid gland due to the normalization of blood circulation and muscle relaxation. Unfortunately, when you show such results to doctors, they do not associate them with gymnastics.
After all, everyone has different age problems. Is each exercise course individually tailored?
No, we have the same exercises. The result really does not depend on age, but on the internal component. If you have a negative attitude to the world, constantly get angry and angry, wake up with clenched teeth and start the day as if you are going to war, then no matter how hard you try, the inter-edge will not smooth out and you will not turn into an air princess. The blocks need to be removed, and the complex is always the same, it's just that the girls themselves adjust the number of specific exercises for themselves.
After the end of the marathon, do you need to continue exercising regularly to maintain the effect?
All this must be done constantly. Do you sit hunched over at your computer every day, or drive a car instead of walking? Here, take care of your body and exercise.
Alas, human nature is such that he quickly gets bored. In this regard, I have a dream that after the end of the marathons, girls and boys will continue to do 60-70% of the exercises that we have practiced.
It is impossible to do all the exercises - otherwise you will be busy with your face all your life. But it is quite possible to return to specific activities depending on the need, looking at yourself in the mirror.
Plus, I recommend going to the bathhouse or hammam regularly - this is the best beauty salon.
How do you feel about criticism of marathons?
I have been on Instagram for 8 years, during which time I have filled a lot of bumps. I even close my eyes to the theft of marathons and situations where people do not change names. Anyone who is in the subject understands where the roots grow from. But not everyone is like that. Therefore, I divide my critics into two categories: people who want to cash in on the popularity of MelAnnett marathons, and people who try to hyip and write devastating posts every day.
Have you received negative reviews after marathons?
Oh sure. It happens that girls are fixated on one problem. They see only their own line or pronounced wrinkles, but do not notice the other: chin, absence of a neck, etc. That is, they are waiting for a specific result and, not noticing it right away, get upset.
There are situations when people need to do more, after four months they can get in touch and write that their hair has begun to grow better, for example. I can give a hand on cutting off and say that if a person is engaged responsibly, then even minimal results will be. We start communicating with the girls and find out that they did not quite follow the program, they missed something. Then you ask for photos and it turns out that they are not there either. Unfortunately, you won't see it in the mirror, because you look at yourself every day. If I had the opportunity to take all the mirrors from the participants before the end of the marathon, they would be stunned.
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