Benefits of Gentle Inversion
Gentle-inversion is a wellness practice that uses the healing power of gravity to help naturally strengthen our body's systems and optimize health.
Countering the drag of gravity on our bodies, the stagnation and stiffness from exersion or from too much sitting (or standing) at our desks, gentle-inversion is a simple way to integrate wellness into daily life. It can assist with prevention and recovery from aches and pains and stress 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:
- Naturally decompresses the spine
- Aligns posture
- Reduces back and neck pain
- Eases hip stiffness
- Improves circulation for 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 stretches such as torso twists, leg extensions, and with 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. We need relief after long periods of sitting, standing, or being hunched over.
Gentle-inversion is a reset. The low angle allows for a safe and gentle experience to unwind and relax.
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 inversion table.
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 bring ease to the experience and make it more accessible so more bodies are able to safely benefit. Our product is named Lull. Learn more here.
The design 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 a sit with its starting horizontal position.
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.