Simone Muller

How Hypopressives can support sexual well-being

Sexual health plays an important role in our overall well-being. Engaging in sexual activity can have benefits such as burning calories promoting better sleep, boosting immunity, lowering blood pressure and alleviating pain. Additionally it offers gender specific advantages like reducing the risk of prostate cancer in men and strengthening the pelvic floor muscles in women.

For individuals experiencing challenges with sexual function, Hypopressive exercises are becoming an increasingly popular approach toward improving and enhancing sexual well-being. So what exactly are Hypopressives and how can they positively impact sexual function?

Understanding Hypopressives

Hypopressive exercises involve a specific set of movements and breathing techniques that activate and strengthen the core muscles, including the pelvic floor, transverse abdominis, and diaphragm. The exercises aim to create a vacuum effect in the abdomen, engaging the deep core muscles while reducing intra-abdominal pressure.

The Connection between Hypopressives and Sexual Function

Enhancing Pelvic Floor Strength
Hypopressives primarily focus on activating the pelvic floor muscles which play a role in sexual function. Strengthening these muscles can result in improved control over muscle movements, during activity leading to heightened sensations.

Improving Blood Circulation
The breathing techniques used in Hypopressives promote blood circulation throughout the body, including the pelvic region. This increased blood flow can enhance arousal, lubrication and overall sexual satisfaction.

Boosting Core Strength and Endurance
Hypopressives help strengthen the core muscles, including those that are important for maintaining positions and movements during sexual activity. With improved stamina and strength in these muscle groups one can experience enhanced endurance and performance.

Alleviating Stress and Anxiety
Practising Hypopressives has been linked to reduced levels of stress and anxiety. Lower stress levels are associated with increased desire and more fulfilling sexual experiences.

The Supporting Research
Although further research is still underway to explore the impact of Hypopressivse on sexual function there are promising findings.

A study published in the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology (2015) found that women who practised Hypopressives experienced improvements in sexual function.

Research in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy (2021) suggests that pelvic floor exercises, similar to those emphasised in Hypopressives, can enhance sexual function, including desire, arousal, lubrication, and orgasm.

While further research is needed to establish a concrete connection, the existing evidence suggests that integrating Hypopressives into your exercise routine may hold promise for enhancing sexual health and overall sexual satisfaction.

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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