Hypopressive Techniques (HT), born in the 1990s, are the inspiration of Dr. Marcel Caufriez, a physiotherapist specialising in Kinesiotherapy and Rehabilitation. This is an innovative method of reprogramming overall posture, reactivating and toning the abdominal muscles and pelvic floor and rebalancing the spine.
With the objective of preventing and solving the problem of the relaxation of the abdominal wall and pelvic floor, in particular in urogenital postpartum rehabilitation, Dr. Caufriez developed a revolutionary programme of exercises – on the basis of specific key principles – that restore and improve the function of the abdominal core, thus avoiding subsequent repercussions on the perineum.
Much scientific evidence demonstrates, in fact, the close relationship between the tone of the core muscles, of the muscles of the pelvic floor, and posture.
The traditional exercises for the abdominal muscles – thanks to anatomical and physiological features – facilitate an increase in intra-abdominal pressure, which, if accompanied by hypotonia in the abdominal and pelvic walls, causes a weakening and loss of the supporting function of the walls themselves, predisposing a person to hernias, prolapses and incontinence. Hypopressive Techniques counteract this phenomenon through postural exercises – selectively activating involuntary muscle fibres and creating new neural pathways – that encourage postural relaxation of the thoracic diaphragm, a decrease in pressure in the abdominal cavity and the toning activation of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles.
The postures and the rhythmical, repetitive and sequential exercises – enhanced by breathing exercises – activate all the postural muscles and create new body, motor and emotional patterns.
Hypopressive Techniques have numerous benefits and are today the most effective disciplines in the field of active postural re-education, with applications in health, prevention and sport.
The therapeutic version of the technique is used in prevention and re-education, in the absence of a real pathology, and in the fields of physiotherapy and obstetrics in the case of pathology.
AHG is effective in the first postpartum phase, to reposition the internal organs and for the treatment of dysfunction, often related to the period of gestation, such as diastasis recti, incontinence, hernias and prolapses.
It favours pelvic-perineal and lower limb vascularisation, contributing powerfully to lymphatic drainage and to a significant reduction in the waistline.
Lengthening of deep postural muscles decompresses intervertebral discs, thus reducing pain originating in compression, preventing the onset and development of prolapses and hernias.
The technique, built on the basis of scientific evidence, offers particular postures that aim at the relaxation of the diaphragm, the selective activation of particular hypopressive muscle areas and the consequent relaxation of hyperpressive antagonistic areas. The reduction in intra-abdominal pressure encouraged by the postures is amplified by breathing techniques that are an integral part of the work.
We suggest an initial two sessions a week, to then reach up to five between classes in the studio and self-managed work at home.
Together with the postures used therapeutically in AHG, over the years Dr. Nestor Serra has perfected dynamic protocols, effective both in preventative re-education and compensatory work, as well as being a support in athletic training.
FSR emphasises postural and performance aspects through in-depth work on the body’s framework, on the toning of abdominal muscles and the pelvic floor, together with the involvement of all the postural muscles in action, to the voluntary movement of the abdomen, and special breathing.
It is effective in reaching functional objectives, such as an increase in muscular tone of the abdominal walls and pelvic floor; in the prevention and management of urogenital problems, hernias and protrusions.
RSF is therefore valuable in the second phase of functional postpartum recuperation.
Among the aesthetic objectives, together with postural realignment, most relevant are a decrease in the waistline and an increase in muscular tone of all areas of the body.
The two protocols, divided up by level of difficulty, include static postures for warming-up and more demanding and dynamic motor sequences.
This class is much appreciated by all age groups, by amateur and competitive athletes, and by anyone who wants a slimmer waist, a flat stomach, correct posture and an efficient body.
We suggest two or three sessions a week, or one alongside other disciplines or sporting activities.