Where does the sea end and the sky begin? That’s my question every time I’m upside down.
This isn’t a new sport or a personal past-time of mine; it’s actually called inversion therapy which involves putting your body into a position where your head is lower than your heart.
Although humans may not have been inverting as long as spider monkeys and bats, who spend hours hanging upside down in trees, archaeologists have found evidence that some humans were inverting as early as the Stone Age! And you’ve been warned – you may see more people around Puerto Vallarta hanging upside down, as per my health recommendation.
Why? What are the benefits of seeing the ocean upside down?
We’re not in need of a significant advantage over our rivalries, such as the ninja warriors of ancient Japan who used inverting rituals to keep their bodies strong and their mental capacity sharp. But what we are in need of is optimal health.
The inverted position reverses the harmful effects of gravity, which causes you to lose up to 2” of your height over your lifetime. In fact, over the course of a day, you lose ½”-¾” due to fluid being squeezed out of your discs (located between your spinal vertebrae) and into adjacent soft tissue, just as moisture is squeezed out of a sponge. As a result, your discs lose some of their height, flexibility, and absorbency, often times leading to bulging discs.
Inverting is one of the most effective things you can do at home for your health and wellness.
Here are my 33 reasons why I hang upside down, and why you should too:
Prevents back and joint surgeries
Repairs herniated discs
Relieves sciatica pain
Reverses spinal stenosis
Eases fibromyalgia pain
Improves lung function
Helps you breathe easier
Improves heart function
Alleviates varicose veins
Increases lymph flow
Boosts immune system
Revitalizes internal organs
Increases flexibility and range of motion
Realigns your spine
Speeds up recovery after exercise
Improves sleep quality
Stay mentally alert
Alleviates depression, mood swings, and sadness
Instills creative thinking
Reduces PMS symptoms
Oxygenates hair follicles
So there you have it, my secret to remaining ageless and healthy!
It doesn’t take much either – studies show that inverting only to 60° reduces the pressure inside the discs between your vertebra to 0%, compared to lying down where there still remains 25% pressure, meaning that your ligaments and muscles that encase the spine are never fully relaxed.
My recommendation is to invert for 5-10 minutes every day to start feeling younger, more energetic, and more attractive!
My only word of caution is those who have high blood pressure, heart disease, eye diseases (glaucoma), or are pregnant.