Hypopressives was originally developed in Europe during the 1980's by Dr. Marcel Caufriez in an attempt to help postpartum women rehabilitate the pelvic floor to prevent &/or avoid dysfunctions such as prolapse or incontinence. In 2006 Dr. Tamara Rial and Piti Pinsach joined Dr. Caufriez in his research.
The hypopressive technique to promote core fitness and injury prevention was developed in Spain in 2010. With a multidisciplinary approach and different professional applications such as exercise for therapy, sport and/or fitness; the hypopressive concept evolved into the Low Pressure Fitness training program it is today. After years of research and extensive training of health and fitness professionals, Dr. Rial and Piti Pinsach founded the International Hypopressive and Physical Therapy Institute to raise worldwide awareness of the health benefits from the PressureLess Workout through education.
Low Pressure Fitness is a training system that combines the basics of the hypopressive technique, myofascial stretching and neurodynamics with the most advanced exercise methodology. The body's muscle chains are trained without increasing intra-abdominal pressure, which is one of the main reasons why this innovative workout system is called Low Pressure fitness (LPF). The optimal management of intra-abdominal pressure is a new factor and highly important concept to consider with exercise programs that often place pressure on the low back and pelvic floor.
This can cause low back pain and bladder leakage when the core is not strong enough or functioning in synergy to overcome this pressure.
Intra-abdominal pressure is related to the function of the core muscles. LPF was designed as a healthy training alternative focused on posture and core stabilization while avoiding excessive demands of increased intra-abdominal pressure. The LPF system directly targets the deep core musculature (multifidus, abdominals, pelvic floor and diaphragm) and its synergistic function. To achieve this objective , LPF trains the body as a unit using postural and respiratory tasks. This holistic approach creates a balance between each segment of the core and enhances the management of pressure from activities of everyday life, exercise, and/or sport participation.
Low Pressure Fitness 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. Low Pressure Fitness programs approach to functional ‘core’ health. It increases abdominal tone, which is the involuntary contraction of these muscles that hold us up each day without a thought.
Traditional exercises, abdominal training, gravity, as well as the majority of our daily activities are HYPERpressive – they increase intra-abdominal pressure. It is not to say that doing these everyday activities and sports are bad for us, in fact most of what we do – even walking – increases this internal pressure. What we need to address is how well our bodies are able to manage these pressures and prevent the onset of injury/dysfunction.
The HYPOPRESSIVE exercise technique is a safe and effective way to train those muscles needed to withstand any problematic pressure that can result from our everyday living or exercise, and allow us to safely and confidently continue doing the activities we love.