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History of Inversion

Inversion is a time honored method for rejuvenation, and has been around for thousands of years.

Yoga, ancient and modern can teach us much about the value of inversion.  Legs-up-a-wall is viparita karani, which literally means “inverted in action” in Sanskrit. The ancient yogis called gravity “the silent enemy.”

As early as 400 B.C., Hippocrates, the father of medicine, developed the first known gravity boots.

Norwegian military troops, far back in history, are reported to have used inversion as a rejuvenation tactic. The soldiers were known to lie on hillsides with feet on the upside to re-energize & prepare for battle.

Fast forward to around the 1920’s where they were termed “slant boards” and touted as a beauty secret by Hollywood starlets. From the 1940’s to 1980’s, a pioneer in alternative medicine, Bernard Jensen, dedicated much of his life promoting slant board use with his patients to help improve their health and wellness. Sears Catalogue sold them, among other places.