Simone Muller

The Vital Link Between Hypopressives and Posture for a Healthier Pelvic Floor

When it comes to our well being we often overlook the connection between posture and the health of our pelvic floor. The way our head carries its weight and the forces that travel through our body can have an impact on our pelvic floor. Correcting and maintaining alignment is essential in ensuring improved pelvic health.

Head Weight and Pelvic Floor Health: When you think about it our head is pretty heavy, roughly 5 kgs or 11lbs. And so, its position in relation to our spine can exert forces on various parts of our body, especially the pelvic floor. If misalignment or poor posture occurs it can lead to issues, like pelvic floor dysfunction, incontinence or even prolapse.

Correct Stacking of Pelvis, Ribs, Shoulders, and Head: The pelvis, ribs, shoulders, and head form a kinetic chain, and their alignment plays a critical role in maintaining a healthy posture. When these elements are stacked correctly, the body distributes weight more evenly, reducing the strain on the pelvic floor.

Why Hypopressives Are Vital for Posture and Pelvic Floor Health

Targeted Engagement of Deep Core Muscles: Hypopressives uniquely focus on activating the deep core muscles, including the transverse abdominal muscles and pelvic floor. This targeted engagement strengthens the posterior chain or the back of your body, which encompasses the muscles along the spine, contributing to better postural alignment.

Specific poses for better alignment: Hypopressives are characterised by specific postures and breathing techniques. These poses are designed to ensure that the body maintains proper alignment and posture throughout the exercises, preventing unnecessary stress on the pelvic floor. By training the muscles in this way it leads to better posture.

A reduction of Intra-Abdominal Pressure: Hypopressives uniquely reduce intra-abdominal pressure, relieving the strain on the pelvic floor. This reduction is instrumental in promoting pelvic health while simultaneously supporting postural alignment.

A more expansive approach to Core Strength: One of the reasons why Hypopressives prove effective in improving pelvic floor health and body alignment lies in their emphasis on activating the core muscles and spinal decompression. By engaging the deep core muscles and the diaphragm, hypopressives strengthen the foundation of the spine without subjecting it to additional pressure.

Prevention and Rehabilitation: Hypopressives serve not only as a preventive measure but also as a rehabilitation tool for individuals dealing with postural issues or pelvic floor dysfunction. The specific nature of the exercises allows for targeted improvement in alignment and strength.

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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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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.


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