I have been meaning to write you for days now to put into words how amazed I am with the results I have been able to obtain in only 2-3 weeks of doing hypopressives with you!
I'll give a bit of my story:
I am a very active, fit 50-something woman with 2 kids. I've had a rectocele for years now, since the birth of my first child, 19 years ago. It only got a bit worse after the second child, almost 15 years ago now. After a few years of regular kegels, my pelvic floor physical therapist told me it was a grade 1.5, and that I could live with it as it is, but would have to be careful not to run too long, too hard, not to lift too much, etc. I also suffer from slight incontinence if I run too fast, or jump rope. I went on my merry way. However, I started to feel more symptoms this past summer, and my therapist confirmed the rectocele had deteriorated to a grade 2. I was distraught. Was it the transition to menopause?? Was it the CrossFit I started a little over a year ago? Was I lifting too much? I felt like my body was out of my control, doing what it wanted, and I couldn't do anything to stop the eventual decline in my pelvic health and would eventually end up in surgery. I got desperate to find some help.
While scouring the internet, I learned about hypopressives and Trista. I took a chance and contacted her. Booked a Skype appointment tentatively. Trista is very clear with her explanations and able to adapt things right away if you have difficulty with postures or if something doesn't "click". After practicing just a few poses for 2-3 weeks, I returned to my physical therapist to see if anything had changed. She said the rectocele was back to a 1.5 and that the whole area was far more "closed" than she has ever seen it!!!! She was very impressed at what I had accomplished in such a short period of time. What's more, I feel much better. The symptoms I had been feeling this summer are gone and I feel more lifted and lighter. The heaviness I had come to just expect every day is mostly gone.
I am so excited to see what the next few months hold, as I am committed to continuing with hypopressives. I am hoping to get that rectocele to a grade 1 or better!! Thank you, Trista!
October 3, 2019
A few months ago, a friend sent me this article out of the blue about Trista at Coresetfitness! Seemed odd at the time but shortly thereafter I experienced a bulge from my vagina that I realized was a prolapse. Immediately I reached out to Trista, who advised me by email that I needed a diagnosis in order to determine a treatment plan with her. She referred me to Chana at Vital Physio Therapy in Toronto as I was due to visit there in a few months. Chana was going to be out on maternity leave so she referred me to Sara Buckham. I booked with both Sara and Trista for the first day I was in Toronto! Upon arrival in Toronto, I immediately visited with Sara who put me on a 6 week program of exercises to do at home and diagnosed me with a Stage 2 almost Stage 3 bladder prolapse. Weekly visits with her were already in place prior to my Initial Visit as appointments are difficult to get so I booked well in advance. The next day, with my diagnosis, I had my Initial Visit with Trista and began treatment for Hypopressive training. Appointments for an Initial and weekly one hour follow up visits with Trista had already been put in place as well. She started to teach me a program that I would take home with me. After a six week regime with Trista, I returned to Sara for my final diagnosis before returning home. My diagnosis had changed to an almost Stage 1 improving from an almost Stage 3 prolapse. Stage 1 is asymptomatic and the goal for my pelvic health. My program at home at this time takes a little over half an hour every day to continue to strengthen my pelvic floor with a Hypopressive breathing and exercise routine from Trista and an exercise routine from Sara with increasing difficulty to work on over time. Between both Sara and Trista, my life has become my own again. I am still very conscious of my every day life and how it affects my pelvic floor health but have the skills now necessary to relieve any symptoms from my daily living. PLEASE if you have any indication of a prolapse, seek out Trista and Sara right away and be healed now! There is no reason to live with this condition! You can heal yourself with their guidance without the need for a pessary or surgery! Even at 64 years old!
November 10, 2018
Nine years ago I was diagnosed with a grade 2 cystocele after the birth of my 3 children. I was referred to a pelvic floor physiotherapist where I was trained to do kegels and various pelvic floor exercises to remedy the symptoms. While the symptoms got better over time they didn’t completely go away. I went on to have my last baby and continued with physiotherapy. I was given a kegel exercise routine to practice daily. This practice along with stress created a hypertonic pelvic floor. My symptoms were exasperated and eventually my pelvic floor disfunction worsened. The cystocele was now at stage 3 along with a uterine prolapse. At this point the pelvic pain I experienced was so bad I was bed ridden most days.
While I wondered what the future held for me I poured through websites and FB groups to find help. It looked bleak. Most of the people going through what I was were having surgery or already had surgery with not so great results. Even my physiotherapist had suggested surgery would be in my future. I was depressed and heart broken. I couldn’t do any of the activities I loved with my kids. Some days I couldn’t even take care of the house or them.
Then one day a group I was in was interviewing Trista Zinn in a podcast and I listened in. She talked about her personal experience with prolapse and that’s when things started looking brighter for me. I started to have hope again. Long story short Trista patiently and graciously taught me how to do Hypopressives in the summer of 2016. By August of 2016 I was no longer stuck in bed. By September of 2016 I was back doing gentle activities like walking, swimming and biking with my kids. The pain was lessening and the depression was lifting. By the spring of 2017 my physiotherapist said I had healed myself. By June 2017 my urogynocolgist who was supposed to do my surgery, had I needed it, said there were ZERO signs of prolapse and sent me home.
To this day Hypopressives are still one of my favourite exercises. They are one of the best tools I have been given for core function, pelvic health and posture. They gave me my life back.
August 11, 2018
I have seen posts from new moms that are in the depths of despair from post-partum issues and thinking they'll never get back to the activities they once loved. This was from three days ago, after completing my first [post-baby] marathon. I was in a very dark place emotionally for the first 16 mos PP, with prolapse, diastasis recti, incontinence, and pelvic pain. I NEVER thought I would do another marathon and felt like a piece of my soul had been robbed from me. I've been diligently doing hypos with Trista Zinn via Skype for the past 2+ months and look where we ended up. THERE IS HOPE, ladies! The clouds will lift. You are not alone. I am thankful for Trista's expertise. <3
June 24, 2018
Hi everybody. I want to give you an update about me to encourage you on your own journey. My daughter (3rd child) is almost a year and a half old now. Three days after she was born, half of my uterus came out. It was a very traumatic and scary experience. Fortunately, I did not have to have surgery because the entire thing did not come out and it did go "back in place," meaning it wasn't hanging out anymore. I saw specialist. He recommended a pessary and told me that in 5 to 10 years I would probably deal with it coming out again. I also found out that I had a low-grade cystocele. You all are well acquainted with the emotional journey that can come with this, and that was certainly true for me. I was very athletic before all this. I spent several months in terrible pain even though it seemed like I was doing all of the right things to rehabilitate. I was constantly aware of the dysfunction and brokenness I seemed to be experiencing.
My biggest turning point was starting hypopressives with Trista Zinn over Skype. After two weeks of learning hypopressives, my pain was greatly diminished. After two months, I felt like myself again with flare-ups here and there, usually around the time of the month or certain types of activities. It went from constant discomfort to occasional discomfort and pain.
Four months ago, I weaned my daughter completely. It took a couple of months, but for the last two months I have been almost completely symptom-free (2 symptom-like days in 2 months) even as I have been steadily increasing my workouts.
Don't give up, ladies! Our bodies are resilient. Sometimes it feels like it will never get better, but reject the thought. I honestly hope that all of you will experience great improvements as you continue in your journey.
November 20, 2017