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Hypopressives

Hypopressive exercises are a type of workout technique meant to activate the involuntary fibers within your pelvic floor. They also work the abdominal muscles that function as your body’s self-girdle and bra (abdominal oblique and transverse).

 

When you perform a hypopressive exercise, you intensely work on your posture muscles. While breath control exercises help boost your metabolism.

 

It is a breathing exercise where you contract the abdominal muscles after fully exhaling. You combine this with a couple of specific positions to tighten the muscles for the best results. After fully exhaling, you would then lift your organs into your ribcage without breathing in and then hold the position for a few seconds before relaxing. You would then breathe back in. 

 

'Hypopressives' are referred to as gymnastics because this workout can be considered a sport in itself – and it’s quick too! No more working out at the gym for two or more hours at a time –if you don’t want to, that is.

What are the benefits?

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What are hypopressives?

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Hypopressive abdominal work have a lot of benefits for your health, including:

  • Decreasing back pain: These abdominal exercises improve back posture, thus helping to prevent back pain.

  • Preventing disc and abdominal hernia: It improves the pelvic area's tone without straining the neck and low back, as using traditional abdominal exercises do. 

  • Treating and preventing urinary incontinence: These exercises strengthen the pelvic floor to avoid leakage and strengthen the abdominals to relieve the area's pressure.

  • Treats and prevents Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Strong abdominals help support the pelvic organs and release tension in the ligaments that support them. You can also help to fix pelvic organ prolapse due to the ‘vacuum effect.’ Hypopressives create a negative pressure in the pelvic cavity, allowing the organs to rise and return to their normal position.

  • Helps women both pre and post-childbirth: It helps with urinary leaking (incontinence) and Pelvic Organ Prolapse. Common problems associated with pre and post-pregnancy.

  • Improving respiratory function: Increases breathing capacity

  • Improving posture and balance: The exercises activate your postural muscles, which help with posture and balance.

  • Enhancing athletic performance: As a breathing exercise, it improves cardiorespiratory fitness.

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