About Hypopressive

Hypopressives are a Low Pressure Fitness programme - practiced not just by post natal mums -it is now being embraced by the fitness industry as a way to create strong functional abdominals

Hypopressives are a Low Pressure Fitness programme – practiced not just by post natal mums -it is now being embraced by the fitness industry as a way to create strong functional abdominals

How the HYPOPRESSIVE Method Works

The HYPOPRESSIVEMethod was developed in Europe by Dr. Marcel Caufriez in the 1980′s as a non-surgical treatment for women with pelvic floor issues, it can also be used just as effectively for men. It stimulates the nervous system and causes an involuntary contraction of the abdominal muscles and pelvic floor. The specific breathing pattern combined with a variety of postures and poses creates a vacuum effect that has the abdominal muscles and pelvic floor unconsciously brought in and upward without force or pressure.

Pregnancy changes your body in these basic ways:

  1. Your muscles and connective tissue stretch and separate and in a lot of cases “switch off”.
  2. Your abdominal muscles and connective tissue that pre pregnancy joined up down the middle of your torso, loosen and the muscles separate in order to make space for your growing baby. The process is called diastasis recti.
  3.  The most important first step in fixing your baby belly after pregnancy is to get the muscles joined back up and “switched on” so that they can work together..

Traditional solutions like sit-ups and plank don’t work

Doing lots of sit ups will make the upper layer of muscles tighter, without strengthening your deeper lying abs – the ones which draw your abdominals in and shape your waist and stomach.

It’s like trying to build a house on jelly – you need strong foundations first.

Put simply, after pregnancy, sit ups can result in a more hunched posture, give your abs a domed-like appearance (definitely not wanted!!) cause back pain and incontinence. Performing these types of exercises before your abs have joined back up can also actually make diastasis recti worse rather than better. As the pressure being forced through your weak abdominal wall pushes the muscles further apart!

What’s the answer?

 HYPOPRESSIVE is a term used to describe a decrease or reduction in pressure, and the HYPOPRESSIVE Method is a form of exercise designed specifically to target the core without inflicting detrimental pressure to the abdominal wall or pelvic floor.

While we spend long hours trying to get into or maintain our shape and flatten our abs, most of the conventional exercises practiced today (running, traditional abdominal and core exercises, and other impact activities involving jumping or pounding) these can cause more problems if you have a weak core.

The HYPOPRESSIVE exercise method is a safe and effective way to train those muscles needed to withstand any problematic pressure that can result from our everyday living or exercise, and allow us to safely and confidently continue doing the activities we love.

Combining Breath/Movement/Alignment and stillness Hypopressives are the perfect way to increase strength and stamina

Combining Breath/Movement/Alignment and stillness Hypopressives are the perfect way to increase strength and stamina