2231 – ATRI Aquatic Low Pressure Fitness Certificate
Intermediate / Pool Workshop
Sanibel, FL / Wednesday, June 26, 2019 – 8:00 am-5:00 pm – 8.0 credit hours
Classroom: 8:00-10:00 am
Pool: 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Lunch: 12:30-1:30 pm
Classroom: 1:30-5:00 pm
Faculty: Mimi Rodriguez Adami, BA, BS
Maria Pritz, EdD
LPF or Low Pressure Fitness is a method used for both rehabilitation and prevention. It combines postures based on myofascial chains (T.W. Myers) and the Mézières method with hypopressive breathing techniques that come from Yoga and abdominal hollowing, to increase thoracic expansion and diaphragmatic mobility. LPF is currently expanding greatly throughout Europe and South America and is considered complementary to all physical activities on land. LPF’s primary goal was to correct pelvic floor dysfunction, urinary incontinence and pelvic congestion (for men and women) but has since been expanded to include the reduction of back pain, enhancement of respiratory function, venous and lymphatic return, intestinal mobility and sexual function. Neuro-dynamics, myofascial release and the latest neuro-educational methods have been added to the postural and respiratory training to make this method affect the entire body safely and effectively while facilitating teaching for the practitioner and learning for the client.
Adapting it to the water is, therefore, a logical progression of this extremely effective land exercise and rehabilitation technique. In this workshop, we use a small (18-20 cm diameter) Pilates ball held under water at chest (xyphoid process) level to highlight the basic LPF posture. Maintaining this position during movement in the water will increase client awareness of the upper body alignment. The method can be adapted to shallow or deep water and to several modalities, but the posture must always be perfect. Hence this method can be adapted to various types of aquatic therapy or exercise sessions.
To be able to adapt LPF to the water, the workshop participants must first learn the basics on land and then go to the water to feel the sensations and become aware of the water’s effect on posture and proprioception and finally, to use it in the various modalities that can be performed in the water at any depth.
1) Integrate and apply the concept of hypopressive exercise.
2) Adapt the basic LPF postures and arm positions.
3) Achieve and use the correct procedures for adapting the positions to the water.
4) Demonstrate how to achieve full sterno-clavicular, costal and scapular expansion of the ribcage.
5) Execute an expiratory apnea.
6) Analyze the effects of increased intra-abdominal pressure on the core muscles and in particular, on the pelvic floor.
7) Maintain the LPF posture during activity in the water with the aid of the ball.
FACULTY: Mimi Rodriguez Adami, BA, BS, an American born European, Mimi has been living in Italy for 42 years. She is the director of Italy’s first EU accredited training provider for fitness professionals. With a degree in Exercise Science from Rome’s TorVergata University, she developed the AquaZumba exercise program, coordinated the EU’s eLF (eLearning Fitness) Project and wrote Aqua Fitness, published by Dorling Kindersley, Ltd. She also specializes in Pelvic Floor Fitness and represents the Low Pressure Fitness method in Italy where she is the lead trainer and collaborates with the medical community for the prevention and rehabilitation of pelvic floor dysfunction.
Maria Pritz EdD, is an exercise physiologist with 28 years of experience in developing and implementing health, fitness and wellness programs for corporations, health clubs, and schools. She earned her doctorate in education (specialty in Physical Education and Sports) from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her unique training method involves integration of multidisciplinary techniques to achieve overall health and optimized performance. She is a member of Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) Research Council, author of health fitness articles, and presenter for national and international conferences. She has researched and developed an aquatic fitness exercise program targeting pain management (e.g. fibromyalgia, posttraumatic stress release, neuromuscular conditioning, and reconditioning of athletes).