Benefits of the Yoga Trapeze

Inversion therapy isn’t new. Inversion tables, chairs and even boots have been around for years. Many people suffering from back pain receive recommendations from their physician to try an inversion table. Being inverted, ie, having your head below your heart is common in mat yoga. The Yoga Trapeze offers everyone* the opportunity to invert safely.

Often reported benefits of the yoga trapeze:
◉ instant traction on your spine (within 2-3 minutes)
◉ relief of back pain and possibly sciatica
◉ core strength development
◉ deepen your backbends
◉ open your shoulders
◉ develop functional upper body and full body strength

Benefits of inversion therapy:
◉ gives your heart a break
◉ boosts your lymphatic and circulatory systems
◉ increases range of motion, particularly in flexion and extension
◉ builds self confidence
◉ gives us a new perspective; literally!
◉ improves your mood, releases ‘happy hormones’
◉ aids digestion
◉ helps clear the mind and relieve stress
◉ reduce herniated disk pain for injuries that are slight to mild
◉ add 1-2mm of space between L4/L5 and L5/S1
◉ alleviates lordosis (excessive curvature of the lower back)
◉ calms activity in spinal muscles (measured in EMG (electromyography))

Inversion therapy:
 is not a magic cure for anything
◉ is not a gentle treatment (it’s safe but it’s a little aggressive)
◉ does not not flush your brain with blood
◉ does not alter your blood-oxygen content


*If you have any significant health issues, please ask your doctor if it’s okay for you to do work on the yoga trapeze. It’s not dangerous but neither is it gentle. We need to be cautious. Please specifically discuss doing aerial yoga with your doctor if you have cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, glaucoma, if you take prescription muscle relaxants, have had recent surgery, have serious scoliosis, or if you are pregnant. Also not a great idea to do any kind of yoga within the trauma phase (initial 72 hours) of an injury.