Hypopressive Exercises - A Solution for Weak Pelvic Floor Muscles
The pelvic floor is a system of muscles and tissues that provide vital support for our organs. It plays a role in maintaining core stability, continence and overall well being. However various factors like childbirth, ageing, hormonal changes, obesity, chronic coughing or high impact activities can weaken the pelvic floor. This weakening can lead to issues such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and discomfort.
One effective approach to combat pelvic floor weakness is through a set of exercises known as Hypopressives. These exercises focus on reprogramming posture, improving muscle strength, and enhancing respiratory function. Hypopressives can offer a non-invasive and empowering solution to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and alleviate associated problems.
What exactly are Hypopressives?Hypopressives involve exercises that target both the pelvic floor and core muscles. Coined from "hypo" meaning low or reduced in Greek and "pressives" referring to pressure, this Low Pressure Fitness regimen was developed by Dr. Marcel Caufriez—a physiotherapist—and has gained recognition for its exceptional ability to strengthen and rehabilitate the pelvic floor.
Hypopressive techniques are a series of exercises designed to engage the deep core muscles, particularly the pelvic floor (muscles responsible for bladder control), transverse abdominis (deep abdominal muscles), and the diaphragm (muscles involved in breathing). The main objective is to create an involuntary response from these muscles, promoting their contraction and lifting. Unlike traditional exercises that increase intra-abdominal pressure, hypopressives reduce pressure in the abdominal cavity while activating the core muscles.
Benefits of Hypopressives1. Strengthening the Pelvic Floor
Hypopressives directly target the pelvic floor muscles by encouraging their activation and strengthening them. These exercises are designed to improve muscle tone and endurance helping to address weakness and improve control of the pelvic floor.
2. Improving Posture
Poor posture can exacerbate pelvic floor issues. Hypopressives promote proper alignment of the spine and pelvis, correcting posture and preventing further strain on the pelvic area. By re-educating the body on correct postural habits, these exercises alleviate stress on the pelvic floor.
3. Enhancing Respiratory Function
Effective breathing patterns are vital for pelvic floor health. Hypopressives emphasise diaphragmatic breathing, encouraging efficient oxygen intake and promoting relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles. This can alleviate tension and pressure on the pelvic area.
4. Alleviating Urinary Incontinence
One of the most common issues associated with pelvic floor weakness is urinary incontinence. Hypopressives can significantly reduce the frequency and severity of incontinence by strengthening the muscles responsible for bladder control.
5. Preventing Pelvic Organ Prolapse:
Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition where pelvic organs descend due to weak support from the pelvic floor. Hypopressive exercises aid in preventing or mitigating this condition by strengthening the muscles that provide crucial support to these organs.
For the Hypopressives classes it is important that you
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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The best post-partum class, it really helped with my recovery. Simone is a great teacher, so knowledgeable and kind. I recommend her classes to all my friends who had a baby. Thank you Simone!
I’ve only been doing Simone’s classes for a short time but have noticed huge improvements in my core strength and posture. Great value and high quality recordings combined with live classes make it really easy to fit into your life. Highly recommended.
I cannot say enough good things about Simone’s classes - they have been really transformative for me. Her explanation of what are often unusual and specific techniques is so good that you never feel lost, and she has a wonderful way of connecting with the class on a really human level, as well as being a real expert in her field. Her classes are challenging, mindful, and have helped amazingly with my pelvic floor issues - I started seeing results after only 4 weeks of classes! Highly recommend.
Simone's classes are amazing. She combines her skills in pilates, yoga and hypopressives to provide a very holistic practice. I've seen a great improvement in my postnatal body thanks to her classes. I would recommend her to any woman who has had a baby.
I love Simone’s Low Pressure Fitness classes, they have helped with my prolapse symptoms and are something I turn to daily if I’m having a hard day. Simone is a great communicator and teacher, she explains everything very clearly and I have no trouble participating in the class even over zoom.
Simone and re-centre were a saviour for me over lockdown. A great chance to just be in my body and switch on to what I was feeling. As a pelvic health physio I can highly recommend Simone and her method as a great form of rehab for many postnatal conditions.
I got to know about Low Pressure Fitness through Simone, in a workshop that I'm so lucky I attended. It was about 2 months after giving birth and I felt really weak, thinking that I could never get back to my strength before the pregnancy. Simone's help completely changed my perspective and with her brilliant classes slowly I got back my confidence and strength. I was worried that these exercises will be tricky with online classes, but she has been great in giving clear instructions and adjusting poses for everyone based on their needs. I don't know how she does it but she even gives individual feedback and helps you correct your pose in a group online class. Thanks Simone!
Simone's classes and on-demand videos are excellent. She's such a good teacher, always learning new things herself to expand her teaching horizons. Would most definitely recommend to anyone with a postpartum body regardless how long it's been since you gave birth.
Simone is a great teacher, I highly recommend her work. Her online platform is well curated and excellent value and she gracefully manages to teach & give individual attention in her live Zoom classes.
I attend re-centre classes with Simone weekly and have noticed a huge improvement in my core strength and tone. Simone has a thoughtful and inclusive approach to her classes, they vary which means I stay focused and the relaxation time at the end is much needed in the life of a busy mum!
Simone is a brilliant teacher, she takes the time to check in with her students and work through exercises to fit individual injuries. She’s also really knowledgeable and supportive for post natal bodies. Doing hypopressors are a total life changer and I love the way this is incorporated into Pilates and stretching.
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Hypopressives is an effective technique toward relieving symptoms related to Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Diastasis Recti and Urinary Incontinence. Hypopressives also improves poor posture, pelvic floor weakness and back pain. I offer a flexible approach to memberships and a 14-day free trial.SIGN UP