Hypropressives is a training programme based on posture and breathing techniques demonstrated to improve symptoms of core dysfunction such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, back pain, and diastasis recti by training the deep muscles to work involuntarily.

Hypopressives means LOW PRESSURE and reduce the pressure within the abdomen.   Traditional exercise methods of ‘core’ training and the majority of our daily movements   increase the pressure in our abdomen.   They are Hyperpressive in nature.   One role of the ‘core’ is to manage the pressure that resides in the abdomen.  Over-use of the voluntary muscles of the body and cause changes to posture, breathing patterns and movement habits than can prevent the core for effectively managing the pressure in the abdomen, either by effecting:

  • The capacity in the tissues e.g. muscles over or under working (both conditions represent muscle weakness)
  • The capacity of the muscles work in co-ordination with each other.


How do Hypopressives work?

Hypropressives addresses the whole body and it’s integrated systems.

The driving component of the core system is the breath.  The diaphragm (breathing muscle) forms the lid of the core, influencing the other core muscles, connective tissues and internal organs.  On inhalation the diaphragm lowers and increases pressure on the organs and pelvic floor.  On exhalation the lifting diaphragm creates a gentle vacuum in the abdomen lifting the pelvic floor and repositioning the abdominal organs.  Hypopressives enhances this connection by using the respiratory muscles to create a ‘false inhalation’ provoking an internal suction, lifting and mobilising the internal connective tissue and decongesting the pelvic cavity.  This retrains the core muscles work together again and improving the capacity to manage the internal pressure, support of the pelvic organs and pelvic floor.  It also alleviates tension on the abdominal wall and back.  The re-organisation of the connective tissues support the pelvis and the spine.

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