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LOW PRESSURE FITNESS AT RIMINIWELLNESS 2018

RiminiWellness is the largest fitness and wellness trade show in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. With participation in 2017 at 268.120, this year’s event promises even greater numbers. Low Pressure Fitness was present this year with 4 workshops and 8 mini masterclasses to present, inform, instruct and demonstrate the pressureless training system to the Italian fitness community. While participants in the masterclasses were predominantly Italian, there were also many participants from Slovenia, Czech Republic, Poland, Ireland and many other European countries.

 

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The workshops presented included: “What nobody has ever told you about Core Training, myths and new perspectives”, “The core’s missing link: diaphragm and pelvic floor”, “Myofascial relaxation and Postural Re-Education with LPF” and finally, “Low Pressure Fitness: much more than hypopressives”. Each workshop was attended by fitness professionals as well as physical therapists and other medical professionals, that all expressed interest in this innovative and exciting training method for both men and women.

 

Low Pressure Fitness: much more than hypopressives

 

The participants in the mini master classes over the four days included exercise professionals, health professionals as well as exercisers. All were enthusiastic about the new technique and especially the sensations experienced during the workouts that were all geared at teaching the basic fundamental postures and breathing and, where possible, having them try the expiratory apnea, our “signature exercise”.

 

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Low Pressure Fitness staff at Riminiwellness

 

The staff of Low Pressure Fitness instructors was on-hand to assist the participants during the mini masterclasses and give information and distribute material on LPF in Italy.  They were also invaluable in sharing their own personal experiences and results of their work with many of their own clients to show the participants that the LPF method is both instructor and user-friendly with benefits that can be attained when the exercises are performed with precision. RiminiWellness has proven to be an excellent event to showcase this innovative, multidisciplinary training method. To learn more about Low Pressure Fitness and courses in Italy for health and exercise professionals write us to: [email protected]

 

Author:
Mimi Adami
Low Pressure Fitness Italy Director & LPF-Coach

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PAINFUL SEX? DYSPAREUNIA? CAN LOW PRESSURE FITNESS HELP?

A common sexual disorder among women is  dyspareunia which is pain that occurs before, during or after coitus. It involves sexual dysfunction with observable effects on a women´s quality of life. It is recurring or persistence pain that is experienced in the genitals or the pelvic structure. On average, its prevalence can reach 10%-15% of menopausal women, increasing in post-menopausal women. The causes of sexual pain are numerous. Nowadays, the mechanisms that trigger this disorder remain various and unknown. Among the primary causes, emotional factors such as sexual abuse, unsatisfactory sexual encounters, stress or psychological problems stand out; physical factors such as insufficient lubrication, other sexual disorders, vaginism, irritations, pelvic surgery, are important to consider too.

 

The treatment of sexuality and its disorders must be approached from a multidisciplinary perspective which includes treatment from a physiotherapist who specializes in pelvic floor dysfunction and sexuality.

 

Can physical therapy exercise like Low Pressure Fitness help?

Unfortunately, dyspareunia is a subject that often remains in the dark. So sometimes both physical therapists and patient remain silent. Currently, attending a specialist in sexual disorders and an expert Low Pressure Fitness teacher is an excellent way of support. Education, appropriate verbal instruction and application of physical techniques can help.

 

It has been found that 30% of women with some kind of pelvic dysfunction are incapable to contract their pelvic floor muscles. Physical feedback, awareness and body control are essential. Therefore, one of the primary goals of Low Pressure Fitness is to acquire awareness of the pelvic floor musculature. It is important to know anatomical structures and physical feeling of the perineum in any sexual disorder treatment. Other objectives of Low Pressure Fitness are to increase elasticity of the vaginal tissue and normalize the pelvic floor tone. In general, women who suffer from pain during sexual intercourse have a tendency towards hypertone and high pelvic stiffness. In this sense, keep balance between the fascial connective tissue and muscular components will help prevent pelvic floor hypertonicity. Myofascial stretching that Low Pressure Fitness produces facilitates muscular relaxation as well as blood circulation. It will bring mobility to the pelvic area and a body readjustment.

 

A recent study by Brazilian researchers found that Low Pressure Fitness helped in the local proprioception of the pelvic floor. In this sense, one of the main objectives to achieve with a physical therapist will be to raise awareness of the pelvic floor, and at the same time learn how to discriminate this from relaxation of the isolated muscular contractions.

 

Collectively, all of these factors will have a positive influence on a women’s physical and psychological well-being. Releasing muscular tension favors emotional balance. We must remember that the emotional and psychological factors are significant causes of sexual pain. If you suffer from any type of pain during sexual intercourse, don’t hesitate to get away from the social taboo. Talk about the subject with a professional and start an interdisciplinary treatment plan that is designed to enhance your physical and  psychological point of view.

“MY STRESS INCONTINENCE HAS DEFINITELY IMPROVED”

Hi Trista! I am so excited and had to share with someone who would understand. I am only a few days into doing the intensive 4 weeks of reprogramming. Yesterday, I actually felt a difference in my perineum and vagina. With my mild prolapses, I have never felt a dragging, heaviness or bulging sensation, but I feel lighter and more supported in that area. Like you have written, I feel that I have vagina of a 16 year old (well, not quite, but getting there). Also, my stress incontinence has definitely improved, this morning when I took my dog for a walk, she ran towards me and instead of veering off, she ran straight into me. She is 50 pounds. I did not even leak a little bit. I thought I would totally wet myself and have to go home and change, but I stayed dry! That really surprised me away this morning! Anyhow, I can’t wait to see how I feel in 3 weeks¡

Ivana McQueen
Trista’s client
Family Lawer

“I HAVE USED HYPOPRESSIVES WITH SOME OF MY PATIENTS WITH HYPERTONICITY WITH GOOD RESULTS”

I have used hypopressives with some of my patients with hypertonicity with good results. It is not for everyone and needs to be introduced at the right time. But for some patients who cannot relax or contract voluntarily it helps to get some movement back into the muscles. Much like you would use a contract/relax exercise to release a hyper-tonic skeletal muscle else where in the body this can help to gain movement and relaxation in the pelvic floor through gaining movement. The muscle is more easily released during the refractory period. Remember in hypos you are not actively contracting the pelvic floor muscles. There is no clenching happening. You are using breathing and a decrease in intra-abdominal and intra-pelvic pressure to create an automatic lift of the pelvic floor muscles. This can help release the hypertonic clenching that a lot of people with this condition have. I always do this with internal palpation to make sure the muscles are moving correctly and releasing properly.

Kathleen Bradford
Women´s health physiotherapist

“I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO STRENGTHEN MY PELVIC FLOOR WHILE TONING AND SHAPING MY CORE”

In my spare time I worked as a fitness instructor so after the birth of my son, I was very eager to get back into the gym and get moving! I was feeling fantastic but at 6 weeks postpartum I discovered I had a grade 2 cystocele (bladder prolapse) as a result of a very weak pelvic floor. I was so focused on pregnancy and then on taking care of a newborn that I had not even thought of my own need to recover. It is a hard diagnosis to be given as you are basically told all physical activities need to be stopped, possible forever.

After a few tears, I sought out methods of improvement and pelvic floor friendly workouts. Luckily I stumbled on Trista’s website and was introduced to the wonderful world of Hypopressives. Trista is a wonderful instructor, full of knowledge, support and enthusiasm. I am now 6.5 months post partum and have been doing Hypopressives daily for the past 3. The results speak for themselves, I have been able to strengthen my pelvic floor while toning and shaping my core. Because of the Hypopressive conditioning,

I can now do more activities (Yahoo!) and feel confident that I have the pelvic strength to do them (as discussed with my pelvic floor physio who works direct with Trista). Another bonus is I almost have my pre-pregancy body back, which is no small feat given I have only been able to walk and do Hypopressives up to this point. Anyone suffering from or looking to prevent pelvic floor issues needs to learn this technique!

W.L.
Fitness Instructor