Hypopressive exercise was originally taught by Marcel Caufriez as a breathing technique to be used in a clinical setting. A tool therapist could use to help post-natal women prevent and/or re- cover from pelvic floor dysfunction (incontinence, prolapse).
Tamara Rial and Piti Pinsach, from Spain, while working along side Marcel, recognized the need to create a fitness program that would help in the prevention as well as restoration of pelvic health, beyond the clinical setting. This Hypopressive technique has become so much more than just a technique limited to those with pelvic floor dysfunction.
Hypopressive training has evolved into a Low Pressure Fitness program that is being used by both men and women of all ages who are seeking to not only restore their pelvic health but to train the true function of their core. Unlike the traditional approaches to pelvic health and core exercise, where the focus and/or attention is given to one segment of the core at a time, the Hypopressive - Low Pressure Fitness program addresses the true essence of the ‘core’ to perform synergistically as intended.
Hypopressive - Low Pressure Fitness is a global approach to the functional tensegrity of the human body. The apnea and false inhale combined with specific postures decreases pressure, causing an automatic suction or decongestion of the pelvic cavity and recruits the deep muscles of the core. It is this unique combination of apnea and poses that helps to create a core that can balance and counterbalance everything else in life that increases pressure.
The Hypopressive training is no longer just a breathing technique with an apnea followed by a false inhale and abdominal suction. This evolution has become a seamless progression of de- tailed postures that are maintained while performing a rhythmic breathing pattern in combination with the historical apnea and false inhale.
Careful attention has been given to the specific details of each pose (axial shift forward, auto elongation, decoaptation of the shoulder girdle, active eccentric lengthening to maintain poses and decompress joints, for example). This combination of postural influences on the tensegrity of the body and its relation to the function of the core can be used as a tool on its own. It can also be used in combination with the apnea and/or in combination with other methods used by pelvic health professionals to help prevent and restore pelvic health. Adherence to the program allows clients to improve posture, abdominal resting tone, help in the prevention of abdominal and vertebral hernias, improve athletic performance and qualify of life.
A better sense of self.
Hypopressive – Low Pressure Fitness cannot be emulated through reading or watching a video. Private instruction is advised for beginners. The repetition of verbal and tactile cues help to elic- it and create a new mind, body self awareness, and brain map.
Hypopressive classes are great for those who have already had private sessions and no longer need 1-1 attention, but will continue to benefit from the continual repetition and rhythmic cues for the breath and the postures. Unlike fitness and Yoga classes taught today, the Hypopressive instructor does NOT involve themselves with self practice during a class or private session. There is a constant, rhythmic cueing of the breath and tactile feedback while walking among the participants. This repetitive verbal and tactile guidance engraves memory patterns within each of those involved.
It is the continuous verbal rhythmic cueing and tactile feedback, which is so important, yet miss- ing on both youtube, and online written “how to” instructions. Hypopressive training programs adhere to a certain rhythmic cadence with the breath throughout the program and clients com- ment on hearing the instructors voice in their head while in self practice. This form of training is common when trying to develop memory loops and has been used for years with children, for example, learning the alphabet by singing the ABC song. This form of memory engraving is also used in the army with a constant verbal instruction to march “ one… two…. three….” and so on. Eventually the body and mind remember and develop new patterns and reactions.
The Hypopressive Evolution has been gaining traction across North America since its introduc- tion in 2012 and is easily applied in a clinical, studio or gym setting. This physically challenging and stimulating fitness program has clients embrace and adhere to this new form of core train- ing, one that also addresses pelvic health and respiratory function.
We brush our teeth daily to maintain our dental health, do cardio exercises to maintain cardio- vascular health, … there is now Hypopressive - Low Pressure Fitness that can help maintain our core health.
Director of Hypopressives™-Low Pressure Fitness Canada. IIHPT Certified International Master Instructor
Founder of Coresetfitness - Hypopressives™