Benefits of Gentle Inversion
Gentle-inversion is a wellness method for naturally strengthening our body's systems and optimizing health.
Countering the drag of gravity, the stagnation and stiffness of too much sitting at our screens (or standing), gentle-inversion is a simple way to integrate wellness into your everyday life. Safely and gently—at a low angle. Ideal for those who want an alternative to full, upside down inversion as with inversion tables.
As a routine practice, it can assist with prevention and recovery from stress and pain and can bolster our own body's ability to heal.
Gentle-inversion positively influences the systems in the body, especially cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, and endocrine.
Benefits can lead to stronger overall health and include:
- Facilitates spinal health and posture.
- Reduces back and neck pain.
- Eases hip stiffness.
- Improves circulation and brings relief to tired and achy legs, ankles, and feet.
- Boosts lymphatic flow.
- Calms the nervous system.
- Allows for deeper, more relaxed breathing.
- Athletic recovery.
- Injury recovery, postural drainage.
Gentle-inversion integrates well with what you might already do to care for yourselves - mindfulness, breathwork, creative thinking, stretching, jin shin jyutsu, tapping (EFT), visioning, meditation, cat naps, and as part of your evening ritual to ready yourself for a good night's sleep.
It pairs well with gentle yoga, and yoga therapy stretches such as torso twists, leg extensions, and physical therapy stretches to relax the muscles.
As a society, we sit more than ever before in history. Our bodies weren't built to be in a seated, 90 degree position for extended hours, or to be so sedentary.
Our bodies need relief after long periods of sitting, standing, or being hunched over.
Gentle-inversion is a reset.
Positioning the body in a straight line, outstretched alignment combined, with a low, inverted angle is the key. Ideally, with feet above the level of the hips, the hips above the level of the heart, and the heart above the level of the head.
Along with physical, there are cognitive and psychological benefits of gentle-inversion.
The literal, physical shift of orientation of the body while inverting, causes a mental shift in perspective and an activation of the parasympathetic nervous system to help us feel relaxed.
Yogis have long known that by changing your posture, we change our mind.
Routine practice of gentle inversion fosters a meditative sensory awareness, that can become a reflective and transformative process for the body, mind and spirit.
The experience can be an emotional interaction—an uncoupling of one’s digital self and a connective experience with one’s physical self. An opportunity for feelings of renewal & calm. Nourishment. Focus and rejuvenation. A daily treat. And an ability to take how we feel, back into our hands.
Gentle inversion products in years past have gone by other names—slant board, incliner, incline board, therapeutic back board, inversion bench, inversion board, and more.
If you've used inversion products from years' past, you might have found the getting on and off, a bit unsettling or hard on the abdominal muscles.
We wanted to make the experience more accessible. So that more bodies are able to safely benefit.
The design allows one to easily use and fully experience. It sits horizontally rather than at a fixed angle. This allows you to use your body's own center of gravity to slowly and safely recline, to control the degree of angle, and to slowly and safely return to its starting horizontal position following an incline session.
See our Blog for a more detailed write up on the health benefits of gentle inversion including a quote from Dr. John Hibbs, a practicing naturopathic physician for 30 years and naturopathic educator at Bastyr University.