The pelvic floor muscles are located between your legs, and run from your pubic bone in the front to the base of your spine at the back. They are shaped like a sling and hold your pelvic organs (the bladder, urethra, uterus, vagina, small bowel and rectum) in place.
The pelvic floor muscles support the bladder and bowel and give you control when you urinate. They relax at the same time as the bladder contracts (tightens) to let urine out.
As you get older, your pelvic floor muscles get weaker. Women who have had children may also have weaker pelvic floor muscles. Weakened pelvic floor muscles can cause problems, such as urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, rectal incontinence and reduced sensitivity during sexual intercourse.
In order to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles you can do exercises called Kegels. For most people, doing a few repetitions of Kegels every day is sufficient to keep the muscles strong but for a minority of men and women they aren’t enough. This is where Hypopressives comes in to play.
During a Hypopressive (apnea) breath, the vacuum created in the abdomen raises the pelvic floor, and after practicing Hypopressive exercises over a period of time the pelvic floor returns to its original position within the abdomen, with its strength restored and the organs in their proper place.