All about Hypopressives

All about Hypopressives 

Hypopressives was invented by Spanish physiotherapist Marcel Caufriez over 40 years ago It was originally designed for postnatal women and is fairly new in the UK, but is becoming more widely known especially for those interested in pelvic health. 

What is hypopressives?

Hypopressives is an exercise technique that involves a combination of postures, breathing techniques, and breath holds to generate low intra-abdominal pressure and core muscle recruitment. 

This method not only strengthens the body but specifically targets the core and pelvic floor muscles improving their function. It has gained widespread popularity among women post-childbirth, as part of a holistic pelvic floor recovery plan. Hypopressives is also practiced by many people for overall fitness and its waist slimming effects, making it a versatile addition to anyone’s exercise routine.

The reason Hypopressives can be so effective for people with pelvic floor dysfunction lies in its ability to reduce pressure on the abdominal and pelvic muscles, which contrasts with many traditional exercises that can actually increase intra-abdominal pressure and potentially overload the core and pelvic floor muscles in people who have a weakness or problem in this area. 

Who can benefit most from hypopressives?

Hypopressives is particularly beneficial for women with symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction or pelvic organ prolapse, conditions often exacerbated by traditional forms of exercise such as running. Regularly practicing Hypopressives can help in improving the resting tone and reflexive activity of the pelvic floor, providing relief from symptoms and preventing further worsening of pelvic health conditions.

Hypopressives can be performed at different levels of intensity making it an excellent choice for those of all stages of fitness and ability, including beginners. The poses can be adapted for problems such as back pain, shoulder pain and reduced balance, ensuring that everyone from beginners to athletes can benefit and participate. The low impact nature of Hypopressives makes it a safe and effective form of exercise that minimises the risk of injury and can be easily integrated into daily life.

Should I be doing it?

Women (and men) who practice Hypopressives often report significant improvements in their quality of life. Their ability to engage in everyday activities without thinking about their pelvic floor is a great confidence boost. As more women seek effective solutions for postpartum recovery, menopausal symptoms and pelvic health problems, Hypopressives is becoming increasing popular, helping people to regain control and confidence in their bodies and to utilise it as a rehabilitation and strengthening tool.

Claire is a qualified women's health physiotherapist and offers a comprehensive 14-week beginners programme for those looking to start Hypopressives for pelvic health. Taster sessions of 30-60 minutes are also available

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