This video is to be watched BEFORE having any type of abdominal surgery. Watching it 6 weeks before surgery is ideal but one week before surgery will still be helpful. Abdominal surgeries such as hernias, c-sections and tummy tucks all require stitching. Stitching can be pulled apart by continuous force and pressure from the abdominal muscles on them. Learning the Tupler Technique® BEFORE surgery is the missing link to post surgery recovery and the solution to maintaining the integrity of the stitching. This intra- abdominal pressure can be prevented by using your abdominal muscles correctly. This requires strength, muscle re-education and practice before surgery to establish muscle memory after the surgery when the muscles are numb. Sneezing, coughing, having a bowel movement, getting in and out of bed and lifting are a few of the culprits that wreak havoc on stitches and are activities that must be practiced (using the abdominal muscles correctly) before surgery. This video is divided into two parts. Part 1 of the program teaches the 4-step Tupler Technique®. This part of the program is done for the first six weeks. However, it also can be done just one week prior to surgery. Part 2 will teach you how to incorporate the Tupler Technique® into the activities you will be doing after surgery.