Hypopressives are a system of postures and breathing proven to reduce pressure in the thoracic, abdominal and pelvic cavity. When the pressure is reduced, the muscles can function optimally and reflexively to deal with everyday movement and activity.
Hypopressives have been proven to improve symptoms of incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and diastasis recti by training the deep muscles to work involuntarily. The result is:
- an increase in abdominal and pelvic floor tone (on average by 58%*),
- an improvement in symptoms of prolapse, incontinence and hernias,
- an improvement in anaerobic capacity for sports performance,
- a rise in metabolism by up to 15%*,
- a flatter abdomen that is less prone to bloating and the appearance of a ‘mummy tummy’,
- a reduction in waist size (on average 8% reduction in waist circumference with no dietary changes over a 30 day period*).
Hypopressives are suitable for all, regardless of fitness level, size or age. As the system is low pressure and low impact, they can be practiced within a few weeks following an intervention-free vaginal birth.
Hypopressives classes are carried out as 1-1 sessions, either at Pure Treatment Rooms in Wetherby, or at the Good Health Centre, Street Lane, Leeds. A minimum of 5 sessions is recommended initially to ensure you are utilising the postures and breathing technique accurately. During these sessions you will be taught each of the 8 postures in sequence. You will be encouraged to practice alone between appointments. Once you have learnt the sequence in its entirety, you can continue to use hypopressives for life. The sequence takes between 10-15 minutes to complete and no equipment is needed, making hypopressives an accessible and ideal choice for post-natal women and busy mums.
Most clients continue to practice the sequence 2-3 times per week to maintain their core strength, good alignment and abdominal tone.
The system is also becoming increasingly popular among professional sports people to improve their lung capacity, endurance and core stability.
Hypopressives make an ideal complement to Restore Your Core as both work to reduce excess intra-abdominal pressure, reverse symptoms of prolapse, diastasis recti, pelvic floor disfunction and incontinence. I usually recommend a combination of 5 hypopressive sessions followed by 5 Restore Your Core sessions to train the core to work reflexively, improve overall alignment in the body and learn new strategies for moving optimally to reduce symptoms of core and pelvic floor disfunction. See prices page for more information.