History of Inversion Therapy

Inversion as a regenerative healing method, has been around for thousands of years.

Yoga has long included inversion in the practice with poses such as Legs-up-the-Wall and shoulder stands.

As early as 400 B.C., Hippocrates 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.

Enter gentle inversion. Also known as low angle inversion.

Your grandparents are probably familiar with gentle inversion and might remember “slant boards” of the past. They used to be more commonly known.

The first recorded product patent was in 1902 and in 1946, inventor May MacGregor filed for a patent for her “Rest and Exercise Board” invention. We're looking into her story and it'll be fun to share it as we discover more about this woman inventor. 

From the early 1940’s, a variety of people promoted gentle inversion board, incline board, and inversion bench products. 

Dr. Bernard Jensen, a pioneer in alternative medicine, dedicated much of his life promoting slant board use with his patients to help improve their health and wellness, and wrote a book titled Slanting Board, A New Slant on Health and Beauty. He incorporated them into his wellness workshops held at the Hidden Valley Ranch in Escondido CA.

Hollywood actors, “starlets” as they were called in the 1950’s and 1960's popularized slant boards and touted them as a beauty secret. Olivia De Havilland, Ginger Rogers, and Jennifer Jones are known to have used them for an energy boost and enlivening the face before sets.

There is a scene in the 1973 movie The Last of Sheila with James Mason and Raquel Welch where, in a brief scene, you can see one being brought aboard a yacht and being set up for one of the actor’s use. 

Slant boards were manufactured by several different companies, and sold in the Sears and Roebuck catalogue and by the Healthways Equipment Company.

In the 1980's they began to lose popularity with the emergence of gravity boot contraptions and later, full inversion tables where one can invert upside down.

The Richard Gere scene in the American Gigolo movie perhaps flipped attention in this direction.

By the 1990’s, slant boards faded out of production and out of people's awareness.

Our mission at InclineRx is to bring back gentle inversion as a simple and powerful way for you to relax, recharge, and renew.

History has shown that gentle inversion is a time honored method of self-care. 

Whether known as slant boards, low angle inversion boards, therapeutic back benches, zero gravity chairs, or an Incliner, this product is a useful tool that when used routinely, is powerfully therapeutic.

Our product, Lull is a reimagining of the slant board from years' past. We've designed Lull to fit into your daily life, in your home or office, and on your own terms, to bring ease to the caring of this one body we've been given.