Inversion Therapy

After a painfully tumultuous week; after the bubbling and seething anger lowered to a simmer (yet to evaporate); after being taken through the grinder, the wringer, the grater and the mortar & pestle – a.k.a  “the day of your great shock” as my friend Neal referred to it (and awe, I would add) – there was only thing left to do this morning: Hang myself. Like so.

Yes, that’s me and my backside. Hanging like a bat (out o’ hell) before my Iyengar class began. Dressed in hoodie thanks to what must be the coldest, rainiest dry season on record. Woolen blanket folded to soften the blow of the ropes pressing against my pelvis.I stayed there for, quite possibly, 20 minutes or more – even while everyone else in class stretched, bent this way and that.

If you’re never done it, you do not know what you’re missing. Only two things would have improved the experience: being able to let my arms dangle down into an empty space rather than lay them on the floor; and a beautiful view of the rice fields instead of the bare wall.

Some people,when riled up, depressed, upset, frustrated, will head to the mall. Some turn to shrink or drink. By George, I think I’ve found the best solution for me: inversion therapy. Try it; at the very least, your body will thank you.

I never thought I would say this, but today I am immensely grateful for… nylon ropes*!

* (and Lottie!)

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4 Comments

  1. Amit, if I hadn’t been having an email exchange with you earlier today, I would have thought the very worst and guessed that you’d got someone to post this for you posthumously – you scared the living daylights out of me!

    How on earth do you do that hanging thing? I want to try it but I have a horrible feeling that it will make me feel sick?

    P.s love the idea in your last email! I think you might be on to a winner there! Will discuss as they say 🙂

    1. Sorry for the panic… I guess it does look a tad spooky (and as if the lower half of my torso’s been chopped off)!

      It is by far one of the coolest things I’ve been doing, just hanging over the ropes, my feet having crawled up the wall behind me, so I’m sort of crouching. It loosens up and eases the back, stretches the muscles and feels damn good.

      Try it, but go easy first time.. so you don’t get sick 🙂

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