What are Hypopressives?

Hypopressives are a breathing technique which activates the muscle connection between the pelvic floor and the diaphragm. It deeply strengthens and tones these deep muscles, contracting the pelvic floor and core upwards and inwards.

If you're considering surgery, Hypopressives can help improve symptoms of:

  • Incontinence: stress, urge & frequency symptoms

  • Prolapse discomfort: Grade 1&2 (cystocele, rectocele, uterine)

  • Uncomfortable heaviness

  • Night waking to wee

How do Hypopressives work?

The pelvic floor and diaphragm are designed to work together - during normal breathing. If breathing is optimal, the pelvic floor rises a little and contracts each time you breathe out. So part of Hypopressives is resetting function.

During the programme, we'll be harnessing this natural connection,  stimulating a strong, subconscious contraction of the pelvic floor and deep core muscles when you breath out and hold your breath. During these breathing exercises, the pelvic floor and core are contracted inwards and upward - which becomes more visible as a temporary tummy hollowing. 

There are different positions to learn, each with a cycle of breathing which ends in  a longer exhale and a short time of holding your breath.

Who uses them?

They are used by women and men - from postnatal mums to athletes and body builders.


Originally from Belgium, they have been used within women's physiotherapy for decades and within postnatal recovery programmes in France and Belgium. In France, women get 10 physiotherapy sessions after birth. Hypopressives are often incorporated into this core and pelvic floor rehabilitation programme, especially in Paris and other larger cities.

They are used by men and women around the world to help improve symptoms and avoid surgery.

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