I first heard about Low Pressure Fitness (LPF) on the internet. I was curious how the featured postures and the “rib cage lift” could have so many health benefits. One month later I signed up and took the course, which consisted of 3 levels. From there, I began to understand more about the method and fell in love with it. With only few months of practice, I could already feel changes in my body. Now, I cannot see myself without LPF – not only for feeling good and complementing my daily exercises, but also as a tool for contributing to a healthier life for my clients.
What is Low Pressure Fitness?
Low Pressure Fitness is a method created by Piti Pinsach and Tamara Rial from Spain and is based on an innovative postural and respiratory training system. LPF combines myofascial stretching, neurodynamic exercises and hypopressives. Conditions such as prolapse, urinary incontinence, hernias and back pain are associated with a weak core (pelvic floor, transverse abdominals, diaphragm and multifidus muscles) All these conditions may benefit from Low Pressure Fitness and hypopressive exercises.
What are hypopressive exercises?
Hypopressive means low pressure, the prefix “hypo” comes from the Greek language and means minus, below, or under. Many of traditional core exercises we know, such as crunches, planks, etc., are hyperpressives, that is, they increase internal pressure. Hypopressive exercises work to decrease internal pressure within the thoracic, abdominal and pelvic cavities. Pressure always finds a way to discover the weakest point to try to ‘flee’, which can provoke health issues. Everyone experiences increased pressure from daily activities, workouts, bad postural habits or even just from gravity.
How does Low Pressure Fitness work?
Low Pressure Fitness works to balance the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) and Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) and reprogram your core muscles to work at a subconscious level to support you throughout your daily life. The apnea and false inhale combined with specific postures decrease pressure, causing an automatic suction or decongestion of the pelvic and abdominal cavities and at the same time recruits the deep muscles of the core. The combination of breathing and posture techniques associated with hypopressives helps to create a core that can balance and counterbalance everything else in life that increases pressure.
Who can practice it?
The program is recommended for those who want to prevent or suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction (prolapse, urinary incontinence, etc.), diastasis recti, all types of hernias (discs, vaginal, etc.), low back pain, and sexual dysfunction. It is great for athletes who want to increase respiratory function and prevent injuries or for those who would like to improve their posture and breathing. It is also helpful for postpartum recovery. Both men and women of all ages who are seeking to train the true function of their core will benefit.
What are the benefits of LPF?
Many benefits can be achieved with the practice of LPF, such as:
- Improved urinary incontinence problems
- Reduced effects of organ prolapse
- Enhanced sexual activity
- Postpartum recovery and toning
- Improved back health, posture and breathing
- Improved sports performance
- Management of intra-abdominal pressure
- Decreased abdominal girth
In addition, practitioners may reach a more relaxed state, as the technique releases the fascia and stimulates the autonomic nervous system, causing a lighter body and mind sensation.
Practice Low Pressure Fitness and feel the changes in your body and in your life!
Inna Cavalcanti – Physiotherapist, Pilates and Low Pressure Fitness Instructor
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