A fresh perspective

feet-up

During December I spent a short time each morning looking at things from a fresh perspective using this – my feet up stool.

It allows you to invert without putting any pressure on your neck – the way you are meant to if you know what you’re doing anyway.

Did it help?  Well, I felt better for it, but why?

Inversions are credited with a lot of benefits, a lot of which have no scientific credibility at all.   They are meant to affect your blood pressure.  The blood doesn’t all go to my feet when I stand so why should it all go to my head when I invert.  The body has a very complicated system of controlling your blood pressure.  It would be great to look into what inversions do actually do it but I’m not sure it would be significant.

I read the other day that inversions flush out your adrenal glands.  Your adrenal glands have a very healthy blood supply from at least three different directions.  I’m not sure why inverting would affect that and I’m not sure that flushing them out would be of any benefit, if I even understood what it meant in the first place.

What do I think it actually does?  Well, I think it might help with stress in the same way that juggling does.  When I invert I can’t really think about much else other than balancing.  I have to concentrate, I have to control my breath.  That would affect my blood pressure, that would affect my adrenal glands.

 

In short – its never just one thing and does it matter what it is if it works for you?

Author: Anatomy Fundamentals

Janet Philp has spent a lifetime exploring fitness and wellbeing. Starting in group exercise, travelling through rugby to representing the UK at martial arts before including Yoga, meditation, Budokon and personal instruction. Her passion is anatomical function and educating people to use their bodies to their full potential.

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