Slant board (pilates exercises type equipment) inverted poses for organ health
The great health benefits of being upside down have been discovered thousands of years ago. Yogis have done it since the early days. The actual slant board or incline board was devised by Dr Bernard Jensen in 1933. He found it to be the greatest means of correcting health problems. It is a very simple process and can be done at home without expensive equipment.
A slant board is simply a board where you lie with your head lower than your hip or feet.
Because we are spending most of our time upright, gravity is pulling all organs downwards. Through Inversion Therapy with the Slant board or Incline board we can relief the body from this daily pattern of compression and pull by allowing muscles and organs to reposition, bringing greater oxygen distribution throughout the body. This can relieve fatigue and stress from your organs and nervous system.
Start slow on a low angle in the beginning until you get used to being slightly upside down. The exercises are good in case of sinus problems, eczema, and ear or eye problems as well as heart problems, dizziness, paralysis, fatigue and poor memory. Prolapse of abdominal or female organs can be reversed and pocketed and lazy bowels can be healed
It is best to do the exercises twice a day for about 10 minutes. Try it just before bedtime for a relaxing and good night’s sleep.
Contraindications for being upside down
Always start slowly with any new exercise program.
Do not use the board if you suffer from haemorrhages, high blood pressure, , ulcers of the stomach or intestines, some tubercular conditions or cancer in the pelvic cavity unless under the care of a physician. Do not use if pregnant.
Start by lying down and holding onto the sides of the board. Bring your knees to the chest.
Move the head in all direction to increase blood flow to congested areas. Alternate breathing with short intervals of holding your breath.
These exercises will strengthen and tone your muscles, helping you to feel younger and look better. Be creative and develop your own exercises on the slant board.
- While lying flat on your back, stretch your abdomen by putting arms above your head. Than raise and lower them to the sides. This stretches the abdominal muscles by pulling them up towards your shoulders.
- Try to draw your abdominal organs upwards while holding your breath. Move the organs back and forth by drawing them upwards, then relax and letting them go back to a relaxed position.
- Lean to the left side and stretch. Pat your stretched side vigorously with your hand. Change sides.
- Assume this position by bending your knees and legs at the hips. Let yourself relax. Turn your head from side to side. Lift the head slightly and rotate in circles than reverse the process
- With your arms at the side, lift your legs to a vertical position and rotate outward in circles. Than change direction to an inward circle.
- Raise both legs to a vertical position than alternately lower first your right than your left leg down to the board. Try both legs together.
- Raise your legs to vertical position, then bicycle your legs in the air, start slowly and gradually increase your tempo.
We often get asked where you can buy a slantboard. You can't. It is simply a board on an angle. If you are hand you can build yourself one. But the easiest way is to get a builders board and put it on a brick, stool or couch, depending on the angle you want to start. Some people have used their ironing board or you can also use a sit-up bench put in front of a sofa so you can have your legs rest on the back of the sofa.
Put a blanket on it and a small cushion and get comfortable for 10-20 minutes a day.