Your Core Let us begin by taking about your core. Did you know that Core refers to the "most central, innermost, or essential part of something"? Does knowing this have you question your current core exercise program? If not, it should! Your core is far more than a reflection in a mirror. It is a complex system that has a profound impact on our quality of life and athletic performance for better or for worse. You may find this hard to believe but, your ‘core’ is responsible for posture, circulation, respiration, maintaining continence (prevention of urinary & fecal incontinence), support for our internal organs (prevention of pelvic organ prolapse or hernia), sexual function, stability, digestion, phonation all the while balancing and counterbalancing pressure changes from within.
It is not hard to see why training the core for function over aesthetics might be a priority!
Hypopressive exercise was originally created by Marcel Caufriez as a breathing technique to be used in a clinical setting -- a tool a therapist could use to help post-natal women prevent and/or recover from pelvic floor dysfunction (incontinence, prolapse). Hypopressive training has evolved into a Low Pressure Fitness program that is being used by both men and women of all ages who are seeking to not only restore their pelvic health but to train the true function of their core. Traditional approaches to pelvic health and core exercise focus training one segment of the core at a time unlike the Hypopressive – Low Pressure Fitness programs approach to functional ‘core’ health. Traditional approaches to pelvic health and core exercise focus too much attention on one segment of the core at a time when the function of the core needs to rely on the synergy of these deep muscles (pelvic floor, transverse abdominals, multifidus within the back) to balance and counter balance our everyday living. The Hypopressive – Low Pressure Fitness program addresses the true essence of the ‘core’ to perform synergistically as intended and is a global postural and breathing technique that considers the functional tensegrity of the human body.