Simone Muller

Improving Respiratory Health: The Benefits of Hypopressives

Our respiratory health plays a crucial role in our overall well-being impacting our ability to stay active, feel energised and enjoy a good quality of life. For people facing respiratory challenges Hypopressive exercises offer a unique and effective solution to enhance lung capacity, breathing efficiency and overall respiratory function. Let's delve into how these exercises can bring a breath of fresh air to those dealing with respiratory issues.

Understanding Hypopressives

Hypopressive exercises involve movements and breathing patterns that target the core muscles such as the diaphragm, transverse abdominis and pelvic floor. The aim is to create a vacuum effect in the abdomen activating the deep core muscles while reducing intra abdominal pressure. This distinct approach can greatly contribute to enhancing respiratory health.

The Impact of Hypopressives on Respiratory Health

Diaphragmatic Engagement
Hypopressives place a strong emphasis on diaphragmatic breathing. This controlled and deep breathing technique encourages the diaphragm to work optimally, increasing lung capacity and enhancing oxygen intake. As a result, individuals may experience improved breathing efficiency.

Reducing Breathing Disorders
Studies suggest that practising Hypopressives may help alleviate or prevent respiratory conditions like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and even sleep apnea.

Enhancing Oxygenation
The deep breathing techniques involved in Hypopressives ensure better oxygen supply to the body's tissues and cells. This not only enhances overall vitality but also helps prevent breathlessness during physical activity.

Strengthening Core Muscles
Hypopressives are specifically designed to activate and strengthen core muscles, which contribute to maintaining posture and supporting the respiratory system. Improved core strength can reduce the effort required for breathing, ensuring optimal lung function.

Evidence Supporting Respiratory Benefits

While ongoing research investigates the effects of Hypopressive exercises on respiratory health several studies have shown promising results

1. A study published in the International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching (2021) discovered that individuals who incorporated Hypopressives into their exercise routine experienced increased lung capacity and improved strength in their muscles.

2. According to a study published in the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology (2015) research has indicated that practising Hypopressive exercises can result in improved movement of the diaphragm, which in turn can contribute to better breathing patterns.

In summary, incorporating Hypopressive exercises into your fitness routine may offer significant benefits for your respiratory health.

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 22 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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