Get Certified in the Hypopressive Technique

The HYPOPRESSIVE® technique is a revolutionary and global approach to Core Health that combines a unique breathing technique with varying postures.  Though practiced worldwide, it is just now beginning to receive recognition in North America for its wide range of benefits versus traditional Core and Pelvic Floor fitness, rehabilitative and maintenance programs. While initially developed as a non-surgical treatment for women with pelvic floor health issues, the HYPOPRESSIVE technique has evolved and broadened into a complete Core training program that benefits all ages and lifestyles.

Health professionals and personal trainers seeking to further their education in a ground-breaking and effective low-pressure means for the training and recovery of the core and pelvic floor can take one of the certification courses offered by HYPOPRESSIVES Canada®.  We offer three 15 hour courses to those qualified as professionals in the following fields:  Physiotherapy, Personal Training, Chiropractic, Pilates, Yoga, Doula, Midwife.

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Upcoming Courses

Hypopressive, low pressure fitness, core training, pelvic floor health

Edmonton, AB - September 12-13, 2020

Port Moody, BC - September 26-27

                                                      Toronto, ON - Nov 7-8, 2020

hypopressives, low pressure fitness, core training, pelvic floor health

Montreal, QC - October 3-4, 2020

Calgary, AB - October 24-25, 2020

Online - November 21-22, 2020 Read more... Course Level 3

Toronto, ON - January 16-17, 2021

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Course Descriptions

Level 1

The Level 1  course will provide the basic theory and physiology of the Hypopressive technique, review its benefits, and will explain the how and why of its evolution from rehabilitative tool to a full body reprogramming regimen. Attendees will develop an understanding of how to trigger the breath in themselves and how to coach it to clients, and will be required to demonstrate basic mastery of all of the 10 required postures.

Theoretical Content 

  • Hypopressive® concept
  • Hypopressive® effects
  • Posturology and Hypopressives
  • Health and prevention of dysfunctional core
  • Abdominal and thoracic assessment

Practical Content

  • Technical principles
  • Hypopressive® basic series exercises, transitions and progression
  • Myofascial diaphragmatic release exercises
  • Training methodology for one to one
  • Abdominal muscle weakness level assessment


  • Current Health-Related Professional Certification, Approved CV.

Courses are normally taught over one weekend (15  hours total  – Saturday & Sunday), and do qualify for 4 CECs to those requiring them.

Upon completion of the course, attendees will be qualified to train individual clients in the HYPOPRESSIVE® technique (though weeks of subsequent in-home practice will be required prior to training) and will receive Level 1 accreditation from IHC/ HYPOPRESSIVES Canada®. Additionally, all graduates of the course will be included on the contact page of the HYPORESSIVES Canada® website for those seeking out a professional in their region.  After completing this course you will be a qualified level 1 Hypopressive® trainer.

Level 2

Level 2  course will provide students with a more in depth theoretical understanding of the HYPOPRESSIVE® technique. The advanced and dynamic series of the HYPOPRESSIVE® exercise program will be practiced at length to ensure you are comfortable with a new program and progressions you can introduce to your clients as they progress from static poses into a dynamic series.

Theoretical Content  

  • Anamnesis and patient initial assessment
  • Proprioceptive system
  • Posturology and articular mobility

Practical Content

  • Myofascial release techniques for the anterior superior shoulder chain
  • Exercises, transitions and progression of the intermediate level exercises
  • Hypopressives  in movement
  • A teaching methodology and advanced procedures for individual and small group sessions
  • Complete assessment of the client/patient status and needs
  • Protocols and exercise prescription

Upon completion of the course attendees will be required to demonstrate the ability to teach the advanced series and know its progressions from the level 1 to the new dynamic level 2 program.  After completing this course you will be a qualified level 2 Hypopressive® trainer.

Level 3

In this third level course the attendees will acquire the final knowledge to become a HYPOPRESSIVE® certified trainer. Upon completion of the course you will be a qualified Hypopressive® level 3 trainer.  To become a "certified" Hypopressive® trainer you must submit and pass a case study, as well as complete and pass a video session with your course instructor.  This session can be booked in the instructors online calendar and the fee will be the course instructors hourly rate.  This video session will allow you to keep in touch with the instructor where by the instructor can communicate directly with you and offer you the necessary feedback on a 1-1 basis.

Theoretical Content

  • Neurodynamic Techniques and HYPOPRESSIVES
  • Respiratory and hypoxic physiology
  • Myofascial chains and HYPOPRESSIVES
  • Pelviperineal Byomechanics
  • Pelvic floor sport pathology

Practical Content

  • Exercises for Preparatory phases: Myofascial release exercises for HYPOPRESSIVE® sessions.
  • Sequence of level 3 HYPOPRESSIVE®exercises.
  • Progressiones for level 3 HYPOPRESSIVE® exercises.
  • Methodological adaptations and teaching of level 3 HYPOPRESSIVE® exercises.

 Some Course Feedback

When I saw Trista Zinn via Skype for my initial assessment, my abdominal muscles and my core muscles were very confused. In short, I was gripping with the upper part of my abdominal wall and pulling my belly in with the bottom half of my abdominal wall being away for an extended vacation of 20 + years. Of course the side effect of this was not managing my abdominal pressure and running to the washroom before ,during and after every physical activity.

Almost a year later, I understand how to let my abdominal muscles relax by activating my diaphragm and the rest of my foundational core muscles. The result has been that I can now use the breathing techniques I learned from Trista to support my spine. Over this past summer, I was able to go on longer bike rides ( 50-80 km) with no resulting hip or back pain. By following a regular hypopressive exercise routine in my life, I understand how to safely load my spine during a weight lifting program. And I am in control of that whole bathroom thing.

Learning the hypopressive technique and practicing it for myself has led to me to teach the technique to other women in my practice as a pelvic health physiotherapist. It is a whole body technique that can allow patients to connect with their postural and respiratory muscles, and build their own confidence in reclaiming their physical goals.

As a woman and a pelvic health physiotherapist, I am delighted to have the Hypopressives techniques in my tool kit to enhance the active lifestyle of my patients and myself.

Denise Hollway, Physiotherapist
BSc. PT, MSc. Rehabilitation Research

Your training was the most detailed and well explained of any exercise training I have ever received in my entire life. You have truly changed how i conceptualize, practice, and teach this amazing amazing practice. I can't wait to take Level 3 from you. I've already been raving about you on facebook to other women's health PT's, so hopefully more will be coming your way for more training. I hope to be notified for the next level 3 course here in the US.....

So much love and adoration for your perfectionism and awesomeness,
forever grateful,

Julie Brouillard Kwong 🙂

If you work with bodies - you know that everyone has their own pathway to freedom and vitality in the body. This work will challenge your assumptions and give you important tools and new strategies for your own body, and for those of your clients. If you’re interested in core function, I highly recommend this course. And Trista is a passionate and knowledgeable instructor.
My name is Nicolas Zahasky and I have been the heath and wellness arena since high school, which is now twenty years. I started out training my friends for football and powerlifting as a hobby and quickly I found out it was a passion and something I excelled at. On top of my formal culinary education I’ve been through advanced massage therapy schooling, Rkc, HkC, SF, Primal movement, Foundations trainings, FMS, yoga, competitive endurance sports, and ultra running.
Years of lifting heavy things, competing in endurance sports, and practicing body awareness have proven to be beneficial when I see people’s mechanics for the first time. I have been praised for my out of the box thinking and approach to the human body when dealing with such things as pain management, strength gains, increased endurance, and increased propreoception. I even thought I had the art of breathing mastered when it came to using it for sympathetic and parasympathetic manipulation.
When I attended The Hypopressives course I sat in the back thinking I knew what to do and how to do it. I even let my ego tell me this would be easy to incorporate as an add on tool to my repitoire. I quickly found out that this technique was something entirely different and had nuances that professionals from all walks could use and have great success with using it as a stand alone approach.
Trista taught me one amazing thing that I will never forget,  Hypopressives is the art of “allowing” ourselves to breath. We don’t often realize that all things come with an equal masculine and feminine side. One may generally believe that we meet things with force and or with grace but the reality is true mechanical and emotional perfection are anplified by those that can harness than manipulate contrast.
Any professional looking to change their game or the lives of their clients/patients needs to invest in not one level but all three levels of LPF. It’s changed my life in a very short time and I have seen success since I took the course just 3 weeks ago, in my clients' posture, control, and proprioception already!

Trista, thanks so much for an awesome course! I loved it!!

 Nicolas Zahasky, Personal Trainer

Hi Trista

I just wanted to send you a quick email to thank you for such a wonderful weekend. It was absolutely amazing, and I learned so much. I almost canceled last minute, due to the school load I have on me at the minute, but I am SO glad I didn't. The course was so refreshing and re-lite my passion for how much I love Hypopressives and why I am teaching it.
I am so happy for you and what the future holds for Hypopressives.
I think you are absolutely amazing at what you are doing, how you hold and conduct the courses. The energy and excitement you bring is exhilarating and contagious and I feel so privileged to be working under your expertise. Thank you for holding the programs with such high standards of integrity, I am proud to be part of it.
I look forward to up the future courses, and particularly excited about the idea of a wall series and L1,2,3 review. I always find I learn something new that relates to all the clients at whichever level they are at.

Thank you so much

Hypopressives are the interconnecting mechanism to my wellness practice. The hypopressive engagement and respiration focused alingment based postures have not only informed my movement and self-health care routines, they have also drawn my body truly back together. After taking the initial level 1 session with Trista, I was amazed at how much has drawn back into place in such a short time!

I have experienced pelvic floor dysfunction for 11 years. I was diagnosed with prostatitis as well as other inflmation based dis-ease as a teenager (chronic asthma and food based allergies, for example). When I was 19, I chose a natural route to my health and began consciousness based movement practices and earth based traditional medicine. Out of everything I have experienced and explored, hypopressives are the most functional and empowering tool in my wellness toolbox. They are dynamic yet practical and this enables me to do them every day.

The benefits of doing them inspire me to do them everyday because I feel a dramatic structural shift during and after the practice. It interfaces remarkably well into my biomechanical alignment based yoga practice and instruction. Whenever I experience pelvic relared flare ups (localized & general pain, urgency, pre-urgancy, urethra-fascial inflammation, pelvic floor tension, lower abdominal tension, pain, and bloating), the hypopressives often clear 50-80% of my symptoms up after a single session. This, clearly, makes me want to practice more in order to get a full correction.

I do orthopedic based massage and shiatsu, frequency specific microcurrent, and teach alignment based movement and yoga for a living. It took some time unlearning postural habits for the sake of seeing, feeling, and experiencing the mechanics behind this respiration supplement and system, however it is sincerly worth the focus and time spent! I clients have been amazed at how connected they feel to their body during and after sessions. Not only is this an informative tool for structural specific dissonance, it is also a fantastic remedy.

Peter Cernju Cairns


Hello just wanted to thank you for your time, passion and patience. You have great Charisma!!! That was an awesome course!! Thanks again I will see you in Part 2 😉

Marcela Arias, Physiotherapist at My Health Care Centre

Hi Trista,
I really enjoyed the course this weekend. Thanks so much for including me in the group. I am spending time this week to review my notes and go over all the information--lots of material to process. It is great to learn from someone as knowledgeable, passionate and enthusiastic about the method as you are. I left the course feeling I have a better understanding of hypopressives and more confident in my own practice of the poses.

Kathryn Stanley, Pilates Instructor

Hi Trista

Thank you so much for allowing me to come and audit Saturday — You did a fantastic job of running the course. I thought your presentation was superb and all explanations were very thorough and understandable. A great group too !!

Laura Lynn, Pilates instructor

Thank you Trista for being a great trainer. I feel confident in teaching others how to incorporate hypopressive exercises into their ftness program. You are awesome!

Madison Burgess, women's health wellness coach

WOW!!!! Here is what PABC has to say about the Hypopressives course we taught in March!
Its long but we love what Katharine Hasz B.M.R.(P.T.) has to say 😉

Hypopressives – the new kid from Europe, coming soon to a clinic near you… maybe yours?

What if you were told never to do another Kegel or abdominal crunch? What if we could address pelvic floor issues with only postures and breath?

On Mar 5 & 6th, 2016, PABC hosted Trista Zinn and Tamara Rial as instructors for “Hypopressives / Low Pressure Fitness for Pelvic Health” at UBC. Many who attended the course were pelvic floor rehab specialists. Many who attended the course also had personal reasons for being there. If our current pelvic/core rehab model is effective, why are there physios with prolapses, cystoceles and pessaries? It seems we’re still looking for the ‘right’ answer.

The Hypopressive Theory is based on the concept that the abdominal pressures we generate with curl-ups, planks, jumping and Pilates-type strengthening are often too great for the pelvic floor. As a consequence, we are literally pushing our organs out the bottom. The intention of the Hypopressive exercise is to generate negative pressures in the abdominal cavity to literally traction the pelvic organs upwards, enabling the pelvic floor and Transversus Abdominus to work in shortened ranges. Hypopressive training is a global approach to the core/pelvic floor. It is not based on strength of the pelvic floor on its own, but concentrates on the function of the pelvic floor's intricate relationship with the core as a whole. The other significant difference between traditional pelvic floor strengthening and the Hypopressive exercise is Type II muscle fiber recruitment. The key core muscles are 70% slow twitch fibers, which increase their volume and recruitment only with sustained contraction, (unlike a Kegel which emphasizes reps/sets with resting phases – type I fiber training).

Along with serratus anterior and posterior, multifidi, the thoraco-dorsal fascia, transversus abdominus, and the pelvic floor, the real key player in these exercises is the diaphragm. Using rib and diaphragm mobilization techniques, we free up the rib cage to enable improved lateral costal breathing. Then, the patient is instructed through a combination of spinal stabilization cues that are sustained, aiming to pull the diaphragm’s central tendon upwards. In the exhalation phase, relaxation and lengthening of the diaphragm occur. At this point the patient performs a prolonged apnea, drawing the abdomen inwards and upwards, whilst maintaining the postural cues. The exercises progress to a series of sustained poses with the apnea, some of which are capable of generating negative 20-30 mm Hg as measured in the pelvic floor. In first attempts, the exercise is very challenging, and requires repeated cueing by the therapist. However with repeated practice it becomes comfortable and habit-forming.

The list of conditions which will benefit from this technique include, but are not limited to: urinary incontinence, uterine/bladder prolapse, erectile dysfunction, fibroids, hemorrhoids, pelvic pain, nocturia, cervical cell dysplasia, rectus diastasis, inguinal and abdominal hernias, constipation and low back pain. It is estimated that greater than 40% of women experience pelviperineal pathophysiology, and LBP incidence is twice that. Other beneficial effects include improved alignment and postural stabilization, increased lumbar mobility, increased hamstring expandability, decreased cervical and lumbar lordoses, decreased thoracic kyphosis and scoliosis correction. Waistlines also shrink, which explains why the Europeans are keen to integrate the technique.

This is an invaluable tool which not only has the potential to generate above average results with our pelvic health patients, but also has the ability to transform our entire client population. It is a risk free, preventative, global exercise system, which improves well-being, aesthetics and physical performance. If spinal health is a measure of our longevity, the Hypopressive technique is a ‘game changer’. Become an instructor – let’s generate a Canadian wide Hypopressive movement. We will be the new kid on the block and our patients will shine.
Katharine Hasz B.M.R.(P.T.) 1993 University of Manitoba grad, currently lives in Tofino, B.C., with a home-based practice, integrating manual therapy, acupuncture, cranio-sacral and visceral techniques.

Hi Trista!

Thanks for everything! I've really enjoy your course and it change how I saw the relationship between the breathing and the TrA and PFM and how to train them. And my back is getting better. Have a nice weekend!

Julie, Physiotherapist

I want to thank you for the amazing Hypopressive course that you offered in Vancouver!
You are a fantastic teacher!
I am so inspired by your passion!
Thank you for being such a wonderful representative, believing in something that you know works and standing behind your beliefs!
There is such a gap between fitness professionals and medical practitioners, few fitness people are brave enough to put themselves out there, you are force to be reckoned with! I salute you for your courage and conviction!

Please sign me up for the next level of Hypopressives

Marianne, trainer

Coming into Hypopressive® Training I had no idea what to expect to be honest, being in the fitness industry for over 15 years I was quite skeptical, having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact of how powerful this technique could be. It wasn't really until I decided to run a session in my studio with a small number of women after my level 2 completion that everything changed. I was completely blown away by the results! As my first time ever instructing this type of fitness I really had no expectations but the results spoke for themselves...

  • Women that could not swim 1 length of the pool without needing a break to breathe were now swimming lengths with ease
  • 1-3+ inches coming off waistlines
  • Bellybuttons actually relocating 1" higher then before
  • NO more peeing when jumping, running - clients actually testing out trampolines to see if it really worked, and it DID!
  • One client that had a level 3 prolapse (working with physio trying to keep it from progressing)started attending my hypopressive classes and improved her prolapse to a level1. Still continually working with hypopressives to improve more,- NO surgery
  • Cardio levels noticeably improving during spin class
  • Rectis Diastasis being completely reversed and the Mummy Tummy's finally flattening down.

I could go on and on with so much more! Hypopressive technique has had a positive impact on every one of my clients lives. What started out as a small 1x a week session has grown to 5 classes a week between both level 1 and 2 classes. I have 100% return clients and all of my classes fill because of word of mouth at the amazing results each have received. I have never seen success like this before.

The hypopressive technique is such a powerful tool, that has impacted so many lives. I am extremely passionate about introducing and sharing it with as many women and men as I can.

Trista has been a vital part of my success, she is absolutely amazing and has always been available for any questions or help that I have needed. I have never meet or taken a course with anyone that has shown more passion then her, she really is the best! I have nothing but good things to say about her course and her support following the courses. I highly recommend Trista's courses and the success that follows bringing Hypopressive® Training into your own life and the lives of others is absolutely life changing.

Jen Schiffke

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