Simone Muller

Nurturing Digestive Wellness: The Transformative Power of Hypopressives

Digestive issues are a common concern affecting millions of individuals worldwide. While dietary changes and medications are often the go-to and more widely known solutions, a lesser-known yet highly effective approach is emerging to help with digestion. It's called Hypopressives and doing these exercises can positively impact digestion.

Understanding Hypopressives in Digestive Health

Hypopressives incorporate a blend of breathing and postural exercises that engage the deep core muscles, including the transverse abdominal muscles and pelvic floor. The exercises naturally reduce abdominal pressure, and in doing so the technique inadvertently stimulates and supports the digestive system, offering a unique approach to addressing gastrointestinal concerns.

The mechanisms Hypopressives unlocks to improve digestion

Activation of Core Muscles: Hypopressives focus on activating and strengthening the deep core muscles. This engagement not only supports the spine but also influences the surrounding organs, promoting optimal functioning of the digestive system.

Improved Blood Flow: The controlled breathing patterns in hypopressives stimulate blood circulation, delivering oxygen and nutrients to digestive organs. Improved blood flow aids in the efficient absorption of nutrients and supports the overall health of the gastrointestinal tract.

Reduced Intra-abdominal Pressure: Unlike traditional exercises that may increase intra-abdominal pressure, Hypopressives work to reduce it. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals dealing with conditions like bloating, gas, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), as it lessens the strain on the digestive organs.

Benefits of Hypopressives for Digestive Health

a. Less Bloating and Gas: Hypopressives can help alleviate common discomforts such as bloating and gas by promoting healthy digestive function and reducing pressure on the intestines.

b. Improved Bowel Regularity: The gentle massage effect on the digestive organs during Hypopressive exercises can contribute to improved bowel regularity, making it a potential aid for those with constipation issues.

c. Enhanced Nutrient Absorption: By fostering better blood circulation and reducing pressure on the abdominal organs, Hypopressives support the efficient absorption of nutrients, promoting overall digestive wellness.

Applying Hypopressives for Digestive Wellbeing

a. Be Consistent in your practice: To experience the digestive benefits of Hypopressives, consistency is key. Integrating these exercises into a regular routine can help you maintain and enhance your digestive health over time.

b. Mindful Eating: Combine the technique with mindful eating practices. Being present and focused during meals, chewing food thoroughly, and paying attention to hunger and fullness cues can complement the positive effects of Hypopressives on digestion.

c. Individual Considerations: Individuals with pre-existing digestive conditions should seek guidance from healthcare professionals before starting and incorporating Hypopressives into a regular routine.

Getting Started

To do the Hypopressives classes it is important that you first learn the Breathing/Apnea technique properly so that you can get the most out of the classes and the time you invest in yourself.

Each week Simone runs Fundamentals sessions on Zoom where she explains the technique and guides you through all the steps. She will also give you feedback to make sure that you're doing it correctly. For some, the technique may come more quickly than others. Some of her clients, who are tighter in the ribs and thoracic spine do tend to take a little longer.

And here's the golden rule - for impactful change, Simone recommends at least three 15 to 20-minute workouts per week. Consistency is your best friend on this journey towards wellness.

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About the Author

Simone Muller is the founder of re-centre and has over 15 years of teaching experience across Pilates, Low Pressure Fitness and Yoga.

She launched the online platform to make Low Pressure Fitness and Hypopressives more accessible to more women around the world so that they can become the strongest and most functional versions of themselves.

Originally from South Africa, Simone's dance and Pilates career evolved when she faced post-childbirth challenges, prompting her to explore Low Pressure Fitness in Spain.

As the first level 3 instructor in London, she has witnessed transformative postnatal rehabilitation results in clients, addressing issues like Diastasis Recti, prolapse and incontinence.

Simone has written articles for the re-centre blog 'Kegels not Working?', 'The connection between menstruation and prolapse symptoms' and 'Why I love teaching postnatal rehabilitation?'.

Simone has also written guest posts for The Shala 'What is Low Pressure Fitness', Yana Active 'Prioritising your Pelvic Floor Health After Giving Birth and Nurturing the Core' and for The Pelvic Academy 'Empowering Women's Health - The Power of Collaboration Between Hypopressives, Physiotherapists and Osteopaths'.

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