Guest Blogpost by Nikki Scott of UK Hypopressives
Most traditional exercise techniques are HyPERpressive, which means that they increase internal pressure – that’s how they work, of course.
But the thing about pressure is that it will find your weakest spot. That’s why pressure caused from injury, too much training, or having a baby can lead to urinary incontinence, hernias and even pelvic organ prolapse. And often traditional exercise techniques cannot help, because they rely on conscious muscle contraction.
The core is designed to work at a subconscious level, so it can be effective throughout daily life, not just when you are exercising. It needs to kick into action if you have to suddenly run for a bus, or swoop in to pick up your child when they fall over. It needs to work without you thinking about it.
HyPOpressive exercises decrease or reduce internal pressure, to the thoracic, abdominal, and pelvic areas of the body. They re-programme the core muscles, which are vital to managing pressure both consciously and subconsciously, and they increase their resting tone and involuntary function. In other words, the core, including the pelvic floor, starts to work again as it was designed to – without you having to think about it.
Hypopressives are easy to learn if you have the right teacher, but they are also easy to get wrong, so it’s really important that you seek out a qualified instructor to teach you.