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. As authorized Canadian affiliate for IIHPT/Low Pressure Fitness, 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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The Level 1 course will provide the basic theory and physiology of the method, 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.
- Hypopressive® concept
- Hypopressive effects
- Posturology and Hypopressives
- Health and prevention through LPF
- Abdominal and thoracic assessment
- 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 (8 hours per day – 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 IIHPT Hypopressive - Low Pressure Fitness (Spain) and 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.
Level 2 course will provide students with a more in depth theoretical understanding of the HYPOPRESSIVE technique. The advanced and dynamic series HYPOPRESSIVE LPF exercises 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.
- Anamnesis and patient initial assessment
- LPF and proprioceptive system
- Posturology and articular mobility
- Myofascial release techniques for the anterior superior shoulder chain
- Exercises, transitions and progression of the intermediate level exercises
- LPF in movement
- LPF 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.
In this third level course the attendees will acquire the final knowledge to become a HYPOPRESSIVE – Low Pressure Fitness certified instructor. He/she will get a deeper look into the exercises learned and will be instructed in how to integrate complementary tools such as the electrostimulation, elastic straps, and stabilizers.
- Neurodynamic Techniques and HYPOPRESSIVES
- Respiratory and hypoxic physiology
- Myofascial chains and HYPOPRESSIVES
- Pelviperineal Byomechanics
- Pelvic floor sport pathology
- Complementary Training Tools (stabilizer, oximeter, training mask, eolos breather).
- 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
Trista, thanks so much for an awesome course! I loved it!!
Shirley Srubiski, Personal Trainer
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
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
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 Low Pressure Fitness / 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.
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!
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
Coming into Low Pressure Fitness 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 Low Pressure Fitness into your own life and the lives of others is absolutely life changing.