By Trista Zinn
Founder, Coreset Fitness
Director & Owner, Hypopressives Canada
- Maintaining continence (prevention of urinary & fecal incontinence)
- Internal organ support (prevention of pelvic organ prolapse or hernias)
- Sexual function
- Abdominal support
- Balancing and counterbalancing pressure changes from within
Creating a New “Normal”
- Create your own before and after photo
- Have someone take your photo from hip level so you will be visible from the feet up straight on
- Take a photo from the front, side and back
*Things to consider*
- Pause and ask yourself how am I standing? How am I breathing ? Or alternately how am I sitting? How am I breathing?
- Does it feel easy to breathe or does it feel restricted?
- Do you breathe predominantly in the upper chest or are you a belly breather?
- What direction does your rib cage move on the inhale and the exhale? Or does it move?
- Do your abdominals tense up at the end of an exhale ? Does your chest do a significant drop on the exhale ?
- When you exhale, do your lower abdominals go out ?
- Do you stand with the knees straight or are the knees bent with tense legs?
- Are you someone who is always looking down at a phone/computer screen or when walking?
- Does the term “butt tucker” or “rib thruster” or “belly button hugger” resonate with you?
- Do you have symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction? (Incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse)
- Are you too often constipated or have a difficult time in the bathroom?
- Do you have poor digestion?
- Do your lower abdominals seem to be sticking out despite all the workouts and abdominal exercises you do?
- Do you feel restricted with movement patterns in a sport or activity you love?
- Do you suffer with back pain/neck tension?
- Knees soft
- Feet a hands distance apart
- Place your hands under your armpits
- Now the elbows are bent and resting close to your body
- This can be done while sitting or standing
You now have the arms for your wine bottle opener.
Don’t forget you are only at the beginning of your postural reEducation. Be patient, be mindful, and randomly pause during the day and ask yourself “How am I standing? How am I breathing?”