The Zero Gravity position is a hot topic in wellness therapies because it offers so many therapeutic benefits. You may have heard that from muscle relaxation to improved breathing to pain alleviation, the zero gravity reclining position is scientifically proven to give you deeper rest.
Before we dive into the health benefits the Zero Gravity position offers, let’s look at what is unique about it.
WHAT IS THE ZERO GRAVITY POSITION?
The position involves reclining your body while elevating your feet so they are above the level of your head, allowing your body to experience a state of relaxation and rejuvenation.
The Zero Gravity concept was originally developed by NASA’s space program to help astronauts deal with the compression forces they feel when launching into space. A vast amount of research resulted in NASA perfecting what is known as the “Neutral Body Posture,” a position that helps to distribute pressure on your body evenly, allowing your body to enjoy maximum relaxation.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE ZERO GRAVITY RECLINING POSITION?
Now that you know what this position is, let’s take a look at how exactly it helps you relax and rejuvenate.
RELAXATION TO YOUR BACK AND NECK
Your spine is designed to naturally have an “S” shaped curve, but when people sit for long periods of time, the natural curve of their spine is often turned into an unnatural “C” shape. Gravity also places a lot of pressure on your spine. However, by eliminating the effects of gravity, your spine is able to relax into its natural curve, reducing the pressure on your spine and relaxing your lower back, upper back and your neck.
The benefit: Many people find that this position helps to alleviate back and neck pain.
MUSCLE RELIEF AND RELAXATION
Many positions we sit or stand in throughout the day actually put pressure on the muscles of your body. When your body relaxes in a Zero Gravity position, this helps to release the pressure from the muscles. For people with sore muscles, this position can help alleviate the pain and discomfort.
The benefit: The muscles begin getting the oxygen they need, tension is released and full relaxation is achieved.
REDUCED PRESSURE ON YOUR HEART
In the Zero G this position, the blood flow changes, allowing blood to flow into your heart more easily so that your heart can more effortlessly distribute blood throughout your body. Normally, your heart has to pump blood up from your legs, working hard against gravity. Not only is the pressure on your heart reduced, circulation is improved.
The benefit: Better blood flow throughout the body and improved heart health thanks to reduced pressure on this vital organ.
IMPROVED LUNG EXPANSION
The Zero Gravity position takes pressure off your spine and opens up more space for your lungs, allowing them to expand fully. Since your lungs are able to fully expand, your body enjoys an increase in oxygen levels.
The benefit: Improved lung function can improve many health conditions and increase energy levels.
DID YOU KNOW?
Most inTouch massage chairs automatically recline into a Zero Gravity position to take advantage of the level of comfort your body enjoys in this position and the many therapeutic benefits it provides.
Along with all the benefits of Zero Gravity, a massage chair also brings you the benefits of massage, making it a wise investment for your overall health and wellness.