I’ve been inverting for seven years, and I have to say that I’ve learned a thing or two about life from the many hours I’ve spend on my inversion table.

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1.Change your perspective

You’d be surprised how many times I’ve been able to solve a perplexing problem while I’ve been hanging out on my inversion table. I attribute this to a few things. First, I know that when I’m hanging out on my inversion table, I’m rarely distracted. I’m not checking my phone, channel surfing or chit chatting. I am taking a few moments for myself to clear my mind.

The thing that I think contributes most to my inverted problem-solving abilities is that I’m literally turning my life upside down. I see things in a different way and I’m looking at my familiar surroundings from a totally different angle.

Now if I have a problem to solve and I’m not near my inversion table, I try to find a way to change my environment in order to change my perspective. Maybe I’ll rearrange my desk or take a different route to work. Even something as little as changing the background wallpaper on my computer can jumpstart my brain and getting it thinking in a different way. By turning your world upside down (literally or figuratively), you can get a fresh perspective on any situation.

2. Slow down

I’m usually in a rush. I rush from one project to another, and often I forget to really appreciate the efforts of the work I’m doing or the little moments in the day.
If you have ever spent time on an inversion table, you know that it does not do your body any good to invert quickly. If you try to find a shortcut to inversion, it will not work for you. If you strap your feet onto an inversion table and flip over quickly, your body will resist. You will feel blood rushing to your head, your muscles may feel tense and you will not be able to feel your body decompress.

However, if you slowly start inverting, your body will acclimate to the environment, your muscles will welcome the feeling of inversion and your body will relax into the blissful feeling that is inversion. After many inversion sessions, I’ve learned that you can go about a project in the exact same way and take the exact same steps but have a completely different outcome based on your pace and the care you pay to each step of the process.

Now when I feel rushed, I remind myself to slow down and embrace each discrete step of the process.

3. Try new things

I’ll be the first to admit that using an inversion table was not my first choice for curing my back pain. I saw chiropracters, got massages and took pain pills to try and help myself ease my back pain. It wasn’t until I started working as an employee at Teeter many years ago that I even encountered my first inversion table.

Soon I became addicted. I found myself inverting on my breaks, before lunch and after long meetings. It helped me feel rejuvenated and inverting daily helped me get in front of nagging back problems before they turned into bigger ones.

Since I fell so completely in love with inversion, it prompted me to wonder what other kinds of solutions are out there that may not be considered mainstream. I find myself questioning many common solutions and seeking out to find answers for myself.

I’ve learned to become more inquisitive and to embrace things I’ve never tried before. Inversion has taught me that I can work with my body instead of fighting it, and I can treat problems at their source rather than trying to cover them up.