The Chi Exercise Machine is a passive exercise machine which moves your lower legs side to side while you are lying on the floor. Moreover, this side to side movement of the ankles vibrates your body.
In a study, 145 yoga teachers and other health workers used the Surge of Chi Exerciser for 30 days. At the end of the study, 76 percent reported that:
Next, 70 percent reported the following mental health benefits:
Finally, 50 percent reported the following emotional benefits:
While the available speed of a chi machine ranged from 80 to 160 swings per minute, the average top speed used was 135 swings per minute. Also, most participants preferred the slower speeds when they used the machine in manual mode. In addition, most reported it’s important to start with a slower speed. Furthermore, they reported slower speeds were better to get relaxed while the higher speeds were good for getting energized.
Above all, the best time is before breakfast. In fact, you get the following benefits:
Meanwhile, using the machine around lunch time re-energizes you. However, use the machine either before eating or at least one hour after eating.
Finally, using the machine after dinner helps you get restful sleep. However, use the machine at least one hour after eating. And, if the machine energizes you too much, use it at least one hour before going to bed. Also, you could use it before dinner and, if necessary, go to bed at least one hour after dinner.
However, since this machine helps you sleep, it's best to use it just prior to bedtime. Consequently, while you could use the machine for 10 to 20 minutes prior to sleeping, it's best to use it for as long as you are comfortable and not energize you so much that it prevents you from falling asleep.
Most of all, the description below gives you an idea of how to use the machine.
First, use a room where you won't be disturbed. That means no phone, no watching TV, no kids, no conversations. Moreover, soft, relaxing music may help maximize the benefits.
First, place the machine on a solid surface such as a hard floor with a carpet. On the other hand, if you are confined to bed, use a hard board underneath the machine. However, the board and the machine on top must stay in place and not move around. Finally, a firm mattress is also acceptable, again, so long as the machine stays in place.
First, place machine on floor or other hard surface and plug in to a power outlet. Next, lay down so that your feet hang past the ankle rests just enough so they will move gently back and forth when the machine is turned on. However, if the feet hit each other, turn them slightly outwards.
Next, relax your arms loosely by your sides with palms down. Also, avoid using a pillow under your head, as this hinders the machine's motion from reaching your head. In addition, those with severe knee problems may need to place a rolled towel or small cushion under their knees.
If this is the first time using the machine, start with four to six minutes, once or twice a day. Then, gradually increase to 15 to 20 minutes, once or twice a day. Most of all, do not start at 15 to 20 minutes or you may feel nauseous, weak legged, or have minor aches and pains. In addition, never exceed 20 minutes a session, as this will detox the body too quickly for some.
On the other hand, for someone in poor health, bedridden, frail or in a lot of pain one or two minutes a day, is enough. Moreover, as they improve, they can slowly increase duration.
Furthermore, if any discomfort is experienced at any time, simply reduce duration for as long as you need to, before adding minutes again, very slowly.
Once timer is set, the ankle rest will begin moving back and forth moving your feet from side to side. Moreover, this movement will carry up through your legs and torso, and then to the upper body and head, causing your body to move. The most movement occurs in the lower body, while the upper spine, neck and head will feel a gentle, soothing motion.
Most noteworthy, the side to side movement promotes stimulation and balance of the Autonomic Nervous System. As a result, the body and mind become relaxed with reduction in stress.
And, as the body sways, close your eyes, relax and surrender as much as possible. Meanwhile, take deep, slow breaths to get the most benefit and relaxation.
Next, when the machine stops, it is important to lie still for at least three minutes. Especially relevant, this is the time is when the wave of healing CHI energy is felt circulating throughout the body. Indeed, 40 percent of the therapeutic effect occurs while the machine is moving, and 60 percent when it stops.
Therefore, continue lying down with your eyes closed, continue to relax, and enjoy the 'tingling rush' of your chi. This 'rest period' enables you to absorb and process chi energy. Finally, it allows the body to absorb the beneficial effects of the motion.
Chi machines are in the same class of motor driven passive exercise machines like the motor driven passive leg exerciser for seniors and the passive motor driven pedal exercisers. In fact, this machine creates a dynamic wave of sideways motion travelling up and down the spine at a fixed or variable oscillation frequency. Meanwhile, the original purpose of creating this sideways oscillation was to stimulate the area that is three finger widths below and two finger widths behind the navel. Indeed, the autonomic nervous system which is within the spinal column is being stimulated. As a result, breathing gets deeper demonstrating that the body is experiencing a stimulating form of exercise.
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