What is Hypopressive?

Hypopressive exercise (also known as hypopressive technique or hypopressive method) refers to a type of physical therapy developed in the 1980s by Spanish Gynaecologist Marcel Caufriez.  The essential features of hypopressive exercise involve exhalation with expansion of the ribcage, which is paradoxical to normal ribcage movement during exhalation. The resultant negative pressure in the thoracic cavity elevates the diaphragm, in response to the reduced adbominopelvic pressure, at the same time there is an involuntary contraction of the pelvic floor and abdominal wall.  

What are the benefits?

There are a variety of benefits that the Hypopressive Technique can offer.  Among these are:

  •     Increase in abdominal and pelvic floor muscle tone (average 58%) increase
  •     Treats & prevents urinary incontinence (involuntary eg induced from coughing)
  •     Treats & prevents hernias (inguinal, umbilical, disk)
  •     Treats & prevents organ prolapse (uterine, bladder, rectum)
  •     Improved pelvic circulation
  •     Better sexual function
  •     Normalises abdominal tone and reduces waist size (average 8% reduction)
  •     Normalises posture

What does it involve?

The course comprises - a comprehensive assessment followed by one-to-one tuition to master the tecnnique and hypopressive excercise routine.  There is then a 4 week period where the routine is used once a day followed by a final re-assessment to judge the effectiveness of the course.

Who is it suitable for?

Anyone!  Hypopressive technique can be used by all ages and abilities to aid posture, adbominal tone and to help restore & improve breathing patterns.