I want to talk about HYPOPRESSIVE exercise. I will not go into detail about my personal health situation just know that I am an otherwise healthy woman of a certain age .When I became aware that something was not right with me I first spoke to my trainer about it and she suggested I see a physiotherapist specializing in pelvic floor therapy. I did this and am still working on doing Kegel exercises correctly. One true thing: good people know other good people and I am lucky to have a trainer that is always continuing her own education and passing on new information to her clients. Next she referred me to Trista Zinn. Trista has devoted her practice to teaching the HYPOPRESSIVE technique to other trainers and physiotherapists and clients like me.
Having a problem with pelvic floor muscles can happen at any time in life and can be caused by any number of different things.The point is that you may not have a symptom until much later in life and I don’t think I am alone when I say that I have no memory of anyone, doctors included, who spoke of the chance that prolapse of pelvic organs can happen.
Pelvic floor weakness can be troublesome and leaves a woman feeling depressed and that there is nothing to be done.The doctors send you on to specialists who order a battery of tests and confirm that you have this problem and come back in three months. My specialist did prescribe topical estrogen for me and I believe I probably should have had it a long time ago. It has been very helpful.
But really learning from Trista has been most beneficial.Learning the positions and practicing between sessions allows me to feel I am regaining control of my body again and have regained a sense of ‘normal’ I leave every session feeling better and stronger because of her charming encouragement. I may even be able to avoid a surgery. So that is good!
These exercises are not difficult and can be done at any age .I expect to do them long into my old age years. I hope that in the future that all young women learn this technique to enhance the value of the Kegel exercises. In time I would think that Hyporessives will be a part of every physical training session and workout.
In the future my plan is to continue with the exercises and have a class or session with Trista so that she can check my form and teach me new ways to experience Hyporessives.
S.C. June 5, 2016
I've been doing HYPOPRESSIVES with Trista for about two months now. I have pelvic floor dysfunction after a traumatic delivery and was worried I would never be able get back to exercising like I used to and thought surgery was definitely in my near future. I also thought I'd never get a toned stomach again. After two months I can go most days without any pelvic floor symptoms and have noticed a positive change in my waistline as well. They're easy to do and only take about 20 minutes and I can fit them in daily. I'm certainly going to continue and I plan to move on to doing advanced postures.
June 5, 2016
I had a hysterectomy a number of years ago and no one talked with me about the changes in my body that came with that surgery.When I was working out at the gym I felt like the bottom of my body was falling out. Mostly because it was!!I read an article in the Running Room magazine that featured Trista and her HYPOPRESSIVE techniques. It sounded like just what I needed.I found a pelvic floor Physio and had a few sessions with her. Then I met Trista which has basically changed my life. Seriously.I now run and lift weights comfortably. Intercourse is no longer painful.I faithfully do my hypopressive routine and am grateful that I found two professional, highly skilled people to make this kind of a difference in my life.
Thanks so much for everything you have done for me. Warm regards,
B.B. June 5, 2016
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 June 5, 2016
In my spare time I worked as a fitness instructor so after the birth of my son, I was very eager to get back into the gym and get moving! I was feeling fantastic but at 6 weeks postpartum I discovered I had a grade 2 cystocele (bladder prolapse) as a result of a very weak pelvic floor. I was so focused on pregnancy and then on taking care of a newborn that I had not even thought of my own need to recover.
It is a hard diagnosis to be given as you are basically told all physical activities need to be stopped, possible forever. After a few tears, I sought out methods of improvement and pelvic floor friendly workouts. Luckily I stumbled on Trista’s website and was introduced to the wonderful world of Hypopressives.
Trista is a wonderful instructor, full of knowledge, support and enthusiasm. I am now 6.5 months postpartum and have been doing Hypopressives daily for the past 3. The results speak for themselves, I have been able to strengthen my pelvic floor while toning and shaping my core.
Because of the Hypopressive conditioning, I can now do more activities (Yahoo!) and feel confident that I have the pelvic strength to do them (as discussed with my pelvic floor physio who works direct with Trista). Another bonus is I almost have my pre-pregancy body back, which is no small feat given I have only been able to walk and do Hypopressives up to this point.
Anyone suffering from or looking to prevent pelvic floor issues needs to learn this technique!!
W.L. June 5, 2016