Inversions are an amazingly beneficial exercise for your whole body. Inversions are simply poses or positions where your heart is held higher than your head. It has been proven to provide great health advantages for your endocrine, lymphatic, cardiovascular and nervous system. Inversions are also very easy to do. There are a few different methods ranging from purchasing an inversion table to simply inverting at your home.
So what are some of the benefits of inversions?
1.) Increases Blood Circulation
Inversion increase the amount of blood flow to your brain and that’s important for a couple of reasons. One, it allows your brain to absorb more oxygen and nutrients which improves memory, concentration, your ability to observe more and overall clearer thinking. Two, because you are positioned against gravity, it also boosts the circulation of blood that is normally stagnant in the body.
2.) Improves The Way You Feel Mentally
Inversions can actually make you feel happier when you are sad. When blood flow is increased, your brain releases neurotransmitters that balance hormones associated with your happiness levels making you feel relaxed. Ultimately this curbs stress, mood swings, depression, insomnia and PMS. On a side note, inversions also help control indigestion which can be a culprit for anxiety and skin disorders.
3.) Causes You to Look and Feel Better
Inversion can enhance your immune system because it cleans the blood. When your immune system is on point, so is the rest of your body! It will give your complexion a gorgeous overall glow and will help to decrease acne and other skin conditions. Another huge benefit of inversions is that it will help you maintain proper posture.
4.) Reduces Pain in Your Spine
This might be the most amazing and basic benefit of inversions. Daily inversions elongate your spine and relieves pressure and pain. It will increase your spine’s flexibility at any age. This is so important as it will help maintain proper posture and help maintain and prevent loss of height that comes with aging. Going back to inversion and stress – when your body is under stress, it tends to react by causing back pain, headaches, muscle joint pains and muscle spasms. Inversion therapy has the ability to start working in a matter of seconds to relieve these pains. When muscle and spinal pain is gone, stress reduces. When stress reduces, you start to feel happy and light again letting you get back to your life pain free.
Now that you’re aware of the incredible healthy benefits of inversions, let’s talk about how it’s done. Inversion can be done in a few different ways based on your skill and comfort level.
HOW DO I INVERT?
An inversion table works by lying flat on your back and strapping your feet to the table. If you are just beginning with an inversion table, it’s recommended that you start inverting between 10-40 degrees and gradually increasing to between 60-90 degrees. Start by inverting 2 times per day to relieve pain for about 5minutes at a time. You can work your way up to 10-15 min but this will take time. Also, make sure to talk to your doctor before using an inversion table if you have special health issues. Your doctor can tell you if it’s a good option and can also suggest time and angle limits specific for you. If you are looking for an inversion table to purchase, click here to see our top pick.
If you don’t wish to invest in an inversion table, yoga poses are a great option. There are many poses ranging from a beginner level that anyone can do, to more advanced poses that require practice and training.
Legs Up The Wall – This is the easiest way to invert. Simply start by lying on your back and moving your body so that your buttocks are against the wall. Straighten your legs up the wall so your body is at a 90 degree angle with your buttocks being the point of the angle. Hands stay above your head and remain in this position for 5-10 minutes.
Plow Pose – Plow is an inversion pose where your hips are positioned above and over your shoulders with your feet resting on the floor. Click here for proper instructions.
Shoulder Stand – A shoulder stand is done by balancing your body on your shoulders with your chest above your shoulders. It is similar to plow pose but different in that your legs will extend vertically instead of horizontally. Click here for proper instructions.
Headstand – For advanced yogis, headstand is a great option. Click here to get instructions on poses that will prepare you for headstands.
Handstand – Handstands are similar to headstands except your arms will be fully extended and supporting your body. Click here for proper instructions.
Tom Larkin, Sanctuary for Yoga – Nashville, TN
Inversions are an amazing way to keep your health intact and relieve pain in your body. Just remember to talk to your doctor if you’re not sure if inversions are right for you. Also remember to do inversions at your own pace and comfort level.
Happy and Healthy Blessings,
The Roots Team