What is Hypopressive Exercise (Hypopressives)?

“Hypopressive” means lowering of pressure; we use a specific breath technique called an apnoea to intentionally lower the pressure in the abdomen. We combine this with therapist-led postural training to unload abdominal structures which are commonly overstressed in the body, and train your core muscles from within so that you can be strong and flexible – not only on the outside, but especially on the inside! This means your cylinder will be flexible and able to withstand not only the stresses of daily life, but the energetic activities you love to do.

What can it do for me?

  • Prevent “leaky floor
  • Reduce waist size and flatten the tummy
  • Improve body awareness and posture
  • Raise metabolism
  • Increase flexibility of abdominal and pelvic floor muscles
  • Increase abdominal and pelvic floor muscle tone
  • Improve sexual function

What conditions can it help with?

  • Pelvic organ prolapse (reversal of up to grade 2)
  • Hypertonic pelvic floor (overly tight)
  • Hypotonic pelvic floor (overly lax)
  • Stress incontinence
  • Urge incontinence
  • Athletic incontinence
  • Reducible hernia (can be flattened)
  • Postural imbalance
  • Dysfunctional breathing patterns
  • Chronic muscular pain

Like any kind of training, the more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it! Of course there are no guarantees – not every kind of exercise works for every person in the world. Hypopressives should be used as part of a balanced exercise and healthy living programme.


To start Hypopressives training, you first need to register for and attend a master class workshop to find out more about what it can do – and try it out for yourself! The class takes roughly 2.5 hours and includes a short presentation, taster class, group discussion and refreshments for £35.

Available dates are:

Saturday 5th September 11:30-14:00 3 spaces remaining
Sunday 6th September 14:30-17:005 spaces remaining

Send an email to hypopressives@healthy-ambitions.co.uk to secure your space.  If you know of anyone who may be interested, please feel free to share, tag and retweet!

How To Have A Healthy Pelvic Floor – Part 2


I Coughed So Hard I Peed My Pants!

Having a healthy pelvic floor doesn’t just involve looking after your pelvic floor! If the walls or the lid of your cylinder can’t move properly, then this will put more stress on the floor.

When we slump forward, or shift our weight on to one side, or twist – as we do when we’re sitting, standing, moving, or tired, or lying on the sofa watching TV, or moving differently when we’re trying to protect an injury – in fact pretty much all the time! – this changes the shape and flexibility of our cylinder.

How To Have A Healthy Pelvic Floor – Part 1

tummyheartWhen (or if!) we think about our pelvic floor, what comes to mind?

  • weakness?
  • pelvic exercises/kegels?
  • leaky floor?
  • tena lady?
  • problems during sex?
  • embarassment?

Are you in touch with yours, or does the whole subject leave you feeling uncomfortable? Most of us are vaguely aware that we should be doing something to ensure we have a healthy pelvic floor, but we’re not quite sure what!

Your Amazing Pelvic Floor!

What do you know about your pelvic floor? Do you think about it? Ignore it? Or do you dread any situations where it can get stressed?

leakyfloor3Your pelvic floor muscles are amazing mutitaskers! They…

  • create support for your abdominal organs
  • allow us to be continent
  • work in concert with your breathing and muscles of the “core” to help us live our daily lives

If something happens to prevent these muscles from doing their job, for example…

What is Stress?

We often talk about in our everyday lives, but what does stress actually mean? “A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances”

Stress is our physiological, psychological and emotional response to stressors – situations or circumstances that we perceive to be challenging or even threatening. It’s our evolutionary “cavewoman” response to danger that fires up our bodies so we can run away from the unexpected sabre-tooth tiger! Stress can stimulate us to work harder, to acheive more so that we can be successful in whatever we choose to do.