Energy For Life

Life, health, happiness, yoga, style, travel, sunshine and endless possibilities…

Decompressing My Spine With The FeetUp® Trainer


When it comes to back pain and sciatica, I am fast becoming an expert! Having suffered from a slipped disc, and thus sciatica pain earlier this year, I’ve been looking into ways to reduce the pain and encourage my spine to decompress.  An effective way of reducing sciatic nerve pain is through elongating my spine, which can be done through yoga poses such as downward dog with bent legs, child’s pose, mountain pose, wheel pose, chair pose, cat pose and big toe pose.


For a more adventurous way of decompressing my spine, I use my FeetUp® Trainer (£117).  The FeetUp® Trainer is a wonderful yoga prop, designed to assist inverted poses, bodyweight fitness and inner balance, however, I spend most of my time using it to elongate my spine as all of the pressure while inverted is on my shoulders, so my head and neck are free.  It’s solid and safe to use (it can hold up to 120kg), and I use it to relax upside down for up to a minute each time.

The outcome from repeated use has made a huge difference to the health of my back (and core!).  My sciatic pain has reduced 10-fold and my back feels longer and stronger.  On top of that, the inversions help to soothe my mind and relieve stress.  I’ve even been having some fun using the FeetUp® Trainer to practice a range of yoga poses on, take a look here for inspiration.

Buy your FeetUp® Trainer here.


Instagram (@SarahHighfield)

Sundowners on the terrace at Villa Simeroma 🌅🥂🇬🇷 Villa Simeroma 🏡🇬🇷💝 Sunshine everyday! 😍 Poolside yoga 🌴 Ready for lunch 😋 Sea gazing 🌊 @SaigonShores 👈 Summertime 🌴🌊⛱ Pool with a view 🌊 Making myself at home in Elounda, Crete 😍 Walking along the canals 🇳🇱 Currently in Medemblik, Netherlands 🇳🇱 Supporting my little sisters as they compete for Hong Kong in the Laser Radial Youth World Championships next week 🇭🇰⛵️🇭🇰⛵️ I definitely get to teach yoga in all the best places! 😜🌟🤸‍♀️ Teaching a sunset yoga class on top of Queens Wharf overlooking the River Thames & Hammersmith Bridge 🤸‍♂️ Photo by @karen_yeomans 📷 @mountanvil 🌆 YOGA RETREAT ANNOUNCEMENT: I'll be back for a 3rd time with the fantastic team at @HeliosRetreats in Mykonos from 8-14 September 2017 (and practising my Mukta Hasta Sirsasana B again at this very spot) 💕 I'll be teaming up with PT's @camilla_akerberg & @oliver__l, Chef @billsarellas, Nutritionist @w1nutritionist, Host @hugomartinipt and we'll all be staying at the beautiful @zinas_villas 🌟 There's still a couple of spaces free if you want to join us! Book via ➡️ ⬅️ - Look forward to seeing you there! 🌅🌊🌴 This week's flowers from @freddiesflowers are colourful Gladioli - my favourite bunch so far 💐 Fresh crab at Hix 🦀🍴😋 One of life's simple pleasures 🌊 Just finished eating the rainbow! 🍭🍧🌈 Summer Ruffles 🌼🌿🌻 Delicious brunch with @JuliaSarahLown at @FlorentineLdn 🍳🥓🥞🍓🥑 Beauséjour Montmartre 🇫🇷


Scheduled Yoga Classes

Sun: 6:15-7:15pm

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.