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Kristin Malmquist of Restore Your Belly, LLC - Helping Moms Feel Attractive and Strong Again
Nearly every woman who has a baby has the goal of getting back in shape and getting rid of that stubborn “mommy pooch.” What many women (and men) don’t know is that there is a medical condition that could be preventing you from ever being free of that stubborn belly bulge, no matter how well you watch what you eat or how consistently you exercise. That something else is called diastasis recti, or abnormal abdominal separation.
Enter the remarkable power of the Tupler Technique, a specialized training system designed to treat individuals with persistent abdominal bulging resulting from diastasis recti. Kristin Malmquist, long time physical therapist and founder of Restore Your Belly, LLC is Maryland’s only trained practitioner of the Tupler Technique as of the date of this article. Starting her business in April of 2019, her mission is to help moms feel attractive, confident, and strong again, by helping them heal their diastasis recti. Her program involves a combination of wearing a splint, performing specific exercises which focus on the transverse abdominis muscle, and learning how to move properly to protect the overstretched abdominal connective tissue. “What many individuals don’t realize is that the exercises they are doing at the gym or at home to flatten their belly, such as crunches, sit ups, and planks, may actually be making their condition worse,” Kristin explains. When training with Kristin, clients can expect to see nice progress in 6 weeks, and some in as little as 3 weeks. The initial training program is 18 weeks, followed by a maintenance routine that must be followed in order to keep the reduction in abdominal girth achieved during the program.
How did Kristin come into this training approach? She herself developed diastasis recti after having her 2nd child. After dabbling a bit into the technique, she experienced positive results and was very pleased. Afterwards, she resumed her normal exercise routine, some of which included planks, crunches, and bicycle exercises for abdominal strengthening and toning. In a short time, Kristin’s symptoms returned. “I had a moderate case….about 4 finger-widths of separation.” At that point, Kristin went in full steam, got trained in the Tupler Technique, and followed the program religiously for herself for about 4 months. Now she follows a maintenance program.
After achieving and maintaining remarkable results for herself, she wanted to spread the word and help other individuals who could be suffering with the condition.
What does her process entail? Typically it starts with a phone consultation followed by 3 in-person training sessions spread out over a 6 week period. Her clients receive hands on training by her, exclusive access to program videos so that clients can perform the exercises correctly at home and throughout the day, and a special splint to wear in order to support the progress.
Who can benefit from the Tupler Technique with Kristin Malmquist? Anyone with diastasis recti. What Kristin really wants to share is that it is never too late to achieve belly reduction with diastasis recti, even if your children are now grown adults. “One of my best clients was a lady that says she felt like she had it for 14 years before working with me.” Kristin is also able to help men with belly bulge resulting from this little known condition. Her clients come from the Baltimore, MD area as well as York, PA, Silver Spring, and Rockville, MD.
1/28/2020 10:26:32 am
I am not in your area but would be interested in your services. Is this possible? I learned of your program from Melanie Galioto. Thank you for your time
1/28/2020 02:54:32 pm
Hi Amber, please reach out to Kristin and we will also make sure you get connected!
1/28/2020 04:08:11 pm
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