Dr. Rebecca Nicholas talks about the live workshop run by UK Hypopressives and what Hypropressive techniques involve.
Last year, in the middle of the lockdown’s, Rebecca participated in a live workshop run by UK Hypopressives. For some, this is the missing link in core pelvic floor and postural training. Hypopressive techniques are postural and breathing exercises that achieve a reduction of pressure in the thoracic, abdominal and pelvic cavities.
This exercise and breathing technique, is designed to help both men and women, and is commonly linked with improving:
- Diastasis recti.
- Back pain.
- and even sexual dysfunction.
As in all exercise, those who are pregnant, have heart issues, high blood pressure, and gut/inflammatory issues should be careful.
This blog is not intended to teach you Hypopressives. It’s more to give you an idea about what it is and how it may be able to benefit you.
Please do seek out a professional who is qualified to teach and guide you, and speak to me (Rebecca).
What Happens in a Hypopressives class?
When you work with a Hypopressive practitioner, they will physically assess you. This comprises many things including assessment of;
- Abdominal tone.
- Abdominal competence.
- Abdominal diastasis.
- Abdominal circumference.
- Respiratory function.
- Hamstring/lumbar assessment.
- Gluteals/lumbar/hip assessment.
Step by Step
The first is to get the set-up posture correct.
The next important step is to get the correct breathwork. Hypopressive advice lateral breathing. (which is breathing from the sides of your ribs, without belly moving).
The third step is to learn the ‘apnea’ breath. The biggest thing I remember from this was to blow all the air out and then without taking a breath in you do a ‘fake’ breath without letting any air in through your nose or mouth. (much like if you were sniffing a flower). The purpose of this is to create an abdominal vacuum. This is the USP for Hypopressives and how it helps so many pelvic organ conditions.
Once the posture and breathwork has been learnt and established, one progresses to the ‘flow’. These are various poses with various arm placements. They are designed to activate the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles.
Please do email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 206868 if you have any questions or like to ask me anything.