Hi, here is my history and my personal experience with the Hypopressive-Low Pressure Fitness 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