It’s a fact. I love inversions. Not just for the health benefits associated with them, but because being upside down can give you a new perspective on life.
Scientifically put, inversions shift cerebral spinal fluid flow, draining blood from the lower body and passing it through to the rest of the organs and tissues as fresh blood. It has a detoxifying effect on the body, removing impurities along the way and having a positive impact on your health.
Reversing gravity can have you looking like you’ve reversed time. Inversions bring all the fresh, oxygenated blood to your head stimulating facial capillaries and hair follicles of the scalp, giving you a youthful appearance.
Giving your gut a break from everyday gravitational pull works wonders stimulating the abdominal muscles and glands you need to keep your digestive system working smoothly.
The most well-known study of inversion therapy by Physiotherapist LJ Nosse found that muscle tension was reduced by more than 35 percent within just 10 seconds. Less muscle tension = less stress.
Just as exercise sends more oxygen to the brain, so do inversions. The increased blood flow to your head will turn that frown upside down.
We inevitably become shorter as we get older losing moisture from the discs in our back. Inversions bucks this trend.
If you’ve never inverted before then you’re in for a treat. Here are some tips:
- Headstands, Handstands, Shoulder-stands and Plows are all considered inversions. As is standing-forward bend (beginner inversion).
- Get into the posture slowly and concentrate on the breath.
- Two minutes a day is all you need to experience the benefits.
- Using a wall to support you is common practice when first starting out
- You may even experience a little dizziness when you come out of it but that’s completely normal
Guest blogger of the day:
Monika Pietrowski is a digital nomad, travelling the world finding new ways to nurture the mind and body. Constantly on the go, she captures her travel and wellness adventures on her blog mymonpie and via Instagram. She loves Bikram yoga and has practised in studios all over the world, her favourite being SoHot Bikram in London. On any given day, you can find her somewhere in the world, working out of a café, sipping on a macchiato, which she’ll judge strongly as she’s from Melbourne.
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