Professional Testimonials

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

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


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

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

Hi, here is my history and my personal experience with the Hypopressive® Training technique. Bumpy gynie history: 5 pregnancies, 2 miscarriages, 1 still birth, 1 set of identical twins (7 and 7.5 lbs., now aged 25) and 1 easy, lovely singleton (9 1/4 lbs., now aged 20). Birth traumas ended up causing a prolapsed uterus, hysterectomy at 37 years old, prolapsed bladder and rectum followed with surgery for that at 45. I've always been athletic, a manual therapist (physio for 32 years) and organic farmer, swimmer, runner, bike commuter. The prolapses and surgeries slowed me down, made me cautious.

Then, 5 years ago, I started studying pelvic physio and that's become 1/2 of my practice (which I own in the orchard/vineyard small town of Creston in the Kootenays of BC). We can help women stabilize, protect and support a stage II prolapse, reversing somewhat with pelvic physio techniques, but with hypopressives ... OOOOEEEEEEE! What a difference! And the confidence and pelvic/core strength with which I can: run (3 - 5 miles/day), do manual therapy (3 days a week), lift haybales (40 - 60 lbs), stack grain bags (30 lbs.), bike up and down the hills between our farm and my clinic (30 kms. round trip). I'm 55 years old and more excited about physio and fitness and this active life we love than ever before.

Hypopressives have been the missing key in the door for me. I'm so grateful to be able to experience them and now to teach these techniques to women and men in the Creston Valley. And can't wait for the next level of courses. I'm Full Circle Physiotherapy at Full Circle Health Centre (on facebook by that name with all the contact information, a collaborative clinic with a chiropractor, physiotherapists, Chinese Medicine acupuncturists/herbalists and growing.....), Creston, BC when I'm not on Full Circle Farm in Canyon, BC!

PS, Trista.....your lovely songlike "laaaaaa" that you do when it all looks beautiful has stuck with me. Every time someone "gets it", I sing! It makes me laugh with joy!
Off to the gardens,

Joanne Gailius - Physiotherapist


Hi discovered Hypopressives via Trista who on a visit to Vancouver in 2012 excitedly told me about her incredible results and stopped in her tracks on our forest walk to give me a quick demo. Some months later she said she is running  a fundamentals course in Toronto and I was intrigued and had to attend. I am a  personal trainer who specialize in women's fitness and pre and postnatal fitness. Hypopressives  gradually became my main focus. I love teaching Hypopressives and the main motivator is seeing the results on my clients and the positive effect that has on their quality of life and self-confidence. I have endometriosis and have had 4 abdominal surgeries. I find hypo's helpful with rebuilding and maintaining core strength and diminishing pelvic discomfort.

 Janet Kimmel - Personal Trainer, North Vancouver

Hypopressives have become an important tool in my treatment for women with incontinence, prolapse, and other pelvic health concerns.  I love the technique because it provides a much needed core training piece that is driven by the diaphragm.  The diaphragm is a huge muscle and an important part of the core unit which is all too often ignored and forgotten.  I truly believe "pelvic health" concerns are often "whole body" concerns, so I really appreciate teaching my patients a form of exercise that integrates all the components of the core.

Mandy Rempfer - Physical Therapist, Edmonton, Alberta

Hyporessives have been great for my clients with prolapse and stress and urge incontinence. I think people see faster results with hypos than with doing kegels. Active women with prolapse love it because it’s a strenuous exercise that won’t increase their prolapse. It's a great way to get in shape after having a baby. Most women tell me that their sex lives improved after doing hypos. It increases vaginal lubrication in menopausal women. It helps to normalize muscle tone, so is effective for people with high tone or low tone. I know, sounds too good to be true, but I’ve seen the results for myself and my clients.”

Mary Egan - Pelvic Support Physiotherapy, Ottawa, Ontario

 I can assure you the Hypopressive method is not something you can just pick up from watching you tube or a quick in-service...

The power of hypopressive routine comes in the collaboration with physio, patient and trainers and the routine can be used to release patterns of dysfunction, help with alignment and then connect / develop motor control so the person can move and function more effectively.

Mary Wood - BSc PT, Director CURA Physical Therapy, Edmonton, Alberta

I found in my clinical practice that the Hypopressives are an invaluable tool for patients to help themselves. The program helps to reset the “core connection” improving the recruitment and tone of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. I treat a number of women with pelvic health issues and find the Hypopressives to be very helpful in treating urinary stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. With regards to prolapse, women will often report that the heaviness or bulging in their perineum has improved if not resolved, and on internal examination, the findings are verified. I have also found that Hypopressives are very effective in the treatment of lumbo-pelvic-hip & thoracic dysfunctions. A photograph of a before and after picture of their posture can produce the “Wow Factor” as it can significantly improve posture. Clients will also often report feeling stronger in their “core”, allowing them to move and function with greater ease. In addition to helping their primary condition, patients often report an overall feeling of well being and increased energy—some clients have indicated they use this as their “perk up” in the morning, instead of a cup of coffee.

Traci Belyk - BSc.P.T


Trista introduced me to the Hypopressives method about 2 years ago. As a pelvic floor physiotherapist I see a lot of interesting new ideas for pelvic floor rehabilitation on a regular basis. What impressed me about the hypopressive method is that it was based on sound bio-mechanical principles. The program is exercise based and does not require participants to buy any devices or products.I base my practice on educating clients about their conditions and I focus on teaching them the skills they need to be able to care of themselves. The hypopressive method woks in very well with this philosophy as it is based on education and teaching clients exercises that they can do independently.I have found that the exercises help clients integrate pelvic floor muscle activation with core muscle strengthening in a way that is effective at reducing adverse pressure on the pelvic floor and core. The principle of decreasing abdominal and pelvic pressure while activating the muscles helps to decrease the prolapse of pelvic organs and improve the symptoms of stress urinary incontinence.Working with Trista has been a pleasure as she is dedicated to her practice and her clients well being. She is committed to excellence and the clients I have referred to her always remark upon her enthusiasm and strong sense of compassion.

Kathleen Shortt - Clinic Owner, In Balance Physiotherapy. BScPT,FCAMT

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