THE UP SIDE OF DOWN
Alternative and complementary anti-aging approaches are getting a second look as everyone from Gen Xers to Baby Boomers are looking for ways to go 'less gently into that good night.' One of these approaches is inversion therapy or 'slanting', lying head down on a board with one's feet elevated.
Reversing the effects of gravity is said to have many benefits: relieving back and neck pain by stretching a compressed spine; rebalancing the musculoskeletal system; improving posture; easing gastrointestinal disorders by unkinking colons and other prolapsed organs; draining sinuses; enhancing lower lung capacity; and stimulating the thyroid and pituitary glands. Increasing blood flow to the head is a natural facial that may improve skin and muscle tone, reduce wrinkles, and create a natural glow. Proponents also say it improves memory and encourages clearheadedness.
About 125 years ago, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, inventor of flaked cereals and one of our country's original 'health nuts', recommended using a slant board at his famous Battle Creek Sanitarium. Since the mid-1900s, health and beauty entrepreneurs such as Elizabeth Arden, Judith Jackson, Vidal Sassoon, Gayelord Hauser, and Dr. Bernard Jensen have sung the praises of slanting. It is used by yoga practitioners, astronauts in training, chiropractors, physical therapists, spas and beauty experts for relaxation, rehabilitation, and rejuvenation. Doing yoga and other exercises while slanting enhances their effects.
Yoga expert Larry Jacobs is one Boomer breathing fresh AIR into inversion therapy with his Age in Reverse company, creating products that make it easy to slant. Jacobs says it only takes one or two fifteen-minute sessions daily to make gravity work for you instead of against. The AIR Bodyslant is an inflatable version, so you can take your therapy everywhere. It comes with an audiotape program for a guided breathing and relaxation session. According to Jacobs, twenty minutes of meditating on the slant is equal to two hours of sleep. For more information, call (888) 243-3279 or visit Age Easy.