Gentle Inversion is a wellness method for naturally strengthening our body's systems and optimizing health.
It is a beautifully simple way for us to care for ourselves.
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.
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.
Positioning the body in a straight line, outstretched alignment combined, with a low, inverted angle, with feet above the level of the hips, and hips above the level of the heart, is key.
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.
As a society, we sit more than ever before in history. Our bodies weren't built to be so sedentary.
Our bodies need relief after long periods of sitting, standing, or being hunched over.
Gentle inversion is a counterbalance.
Woven together with the physical benefits, there are cognitive and psychological benefits with the practice 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 is an integrative tool. It integrates well with what you might already do to care for yourselves - mindfulness, breathwork, creative thinking, stretching, yoga, visioning, meditation, cat naps, and even flossing your teeth at night (truly!).
It pairs well with gentle yoga, or yoga therapy stretches such as torso twists, leg extensions, and poses to relax the muscles.
Gentle inversion products in years past have gone by other names—slant board, incline board, therapeutic back board, inversion bench, inversion board, and more.
If you've used one from the past, you might have found the getting on and off, a bit unsettling or hard on the stomach muscles.
The design of Lull, our gentle-inversion product, allows one to easily use, as it is not at a fixed angle and works along with your body's own center of gravity to slowly and safely recline, and to control the degree of angle, and to slowly and safely return to its starting horizontal position following an incline session.
Fluid movement. Ease of use. Flow.
See our blog for a more detailed write up on benefits of gentle inversion including a quote from Dr. John Hibbs of Bastyr.