Also known as low-pressure fitness, Hypopressive exercises aim to increase the resting tone of the deep abdominals and pelvic floor by stimulating a reflexive action of these muscles.
The basic technique involves breathing out fully then – without taking in any air – opening the rib cage as if breathing in. The decreased pressure in the thoracic cavity draws the stomach in and the pelvic floor up – as can be seen in the picture above.
What makes ‘Hypopressives’ different to traditional pelvic-floor exercises or Kegals is the reflexive activation of the pelvic floor.
Hypopressives are relatively new to the UK but have been in use in Europe, particularly Spain, for over 30 years. They are used primarily for women after giving birth to help treat prolapse and increase pelvic-floor tone.
The PhysioNatal Regain programme includes comprehensive training in Hypopressive exercises (along with traditional pelvic-floor exercises and functional exercises).
Private assessment and instruction in Hypopressives is charged at my physiotherapy clinic rate.