What is Hypopressives?

Hypopressives is a type of exercise that helps to stabilise and strengthen the core and pelvic floor and improve your overall posture. It combines a series of postural and breathing exercises that help to reduce the pressure in the thoracic, abdominal and pelvic cavities.

Internal abdominal pressure can increase through doing everyday activites as well as exercising, coughing, sneezing and laughing etc. Most of us are unaware of this increase in pressure unless we have any specific symptoms. When there is an increase in abdominal pressure for example, if you sneezed or coughed or went for a jog, the pressure from this has to go somewhere and it will always find the weakest point. If our body is not able to manage this increase in pressure then medical problems can arise such as urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and hernias. Hypopressive exercises retrain your core to work at a subconscious level to prevent this from happening.

What are the benefits of Hypopressives

  • Improve posture
  • Increase abdominal and pelvic floor muscle tone – strengthen core
  • Prevents/treats incontinence including
    • Stress Incontinence
    • Urge Incontinence or Overactive Bladder
    • Overflow Incontinence
    • Functional Incontinence
    • Mixed Incontinence
  • Prevents/treats pelvic organ prolapse grade 2 and below
  • Prevents hernias – umbilical, inguinal, herniated discs and hiatus
  • Improves sexual function.
  • Improves Lower Back Pain
  • Enhances sporting performance as will improve breathing capacity

How Can I learn Hypopressives?

Firstly you will need to find a qualified instructor to learn Hypopressives.

Hypopressives is taught on a 1:1 basis over 6 sessions. A detailed history and a number of assessments are carried out on the first session as well as the breathing technique and some postures. You will learn the other postures alongside the breathing in subsequent sessions. On the final session the assessments are repeated to observe for any changes and improvements. Each session will last between 45 – 60 mins. The the first session may be slightly longer.

During the programme you are advised to practice the techniques for 10 – 15 minutes daily. This is to enable you to get the most out of this programme and to get the desired results On completion you will have learnt a routine which can take between 10 – 20 minutes. Once you have reached a maintenance phase (where you no longer have any specific symptoms but don’t want the problem to reoccur) we recommend you practice 2-3 times a week.

Hypopressives can also be taught on a ratio of 1:2. In this case the first and last session will take longer to allow for the assessments to be carried out.

Cost

1:1 For Total of 6 Hours of Teaching and Assessments £300

1:2 For a Total of 6 Hours Teaching and 1 Hour Assessments £400