The 6 Best Chi Machines for 2019
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.
Quick Answer: 6 Best Chi Machines for 2019
Table of Contents
6 Best Chi Machines Reviewed
Surge of Chi Exerciser Mark 4
Comparison of 6 Best Chi Machines
2-year parts & labor; 60-day return
Slight arc increases range of motion
heating pads, 12 vibration frequencies; 3 auto modes
1- year labor
Exerciser 2000 Elite Circulation Machine
1First, the Exerciser Elite is a passive motion circulation machine
2Next, the circulation machine has five speed settings - 120 to 160 swings or beats per second
3Also, it has a 16-minute digital timer with safety shut-off to stop the machine during the session
4In addition, it has wide cushioned ankle rest
5Finally, it comes with a 2-year parts and labor standard warranty as well as a 60-day money back guarantee
1Weight: 15 pounds
2Dimensions: 13.5” deep, 15” wide, 9.5” high
3Power: 110 or 220 volts AC
4Heavy duty, high torque 36 watt DC motor
5Heavy duty construction
1First, the exerciser elite creates a gentle, right to left movement, which cycles up through the whole body
2As a result, the passive exercise provided by the exerciser elite increases circulation, oxygenates blood, and helps move lymph fluid, which can be beneficial to the immune system
3Furthermore, studies show this kind of chi machine is beneficial to those who are unable to do regular aerobic exercises
4Finally, using this chi machine before exercising helps loosen muscles making it easier for you to exercise
Most of all, it is easy to use. In fact, simply lie down and relax.
1First, the chi vitalizer comes with thick padded cradles
2Next, the chi vitalizer machine has speeds from 90 to 150 swings or beats per minute. Consequently, you can tailor the speed to your size and weight
3Also, the variable speed remote controller has a 48 inches long cord, which makes it easy to control the machine from up to 4 feet away
4In addition, it has a 15-minute automatic timer
5Especially relevant, there is a slight arc movement at the ends to increase the range of motion your body experiences. As a result, more of your leg muscles are engaged so you get a more complete exercise.
6Also, there is a handle for moving
7Next, the 112 inches long power cord means you don’t need to use it next to a power outlet
8Also, chi vitalizer machine has a large stable base that prevents wobbling
9Finally, the chi vitalizer comes with a limited 2-year warranty and a 30-day return policy
1Weight: 20 pounds
2Dimensions: 16” wide, 14” deep, 11” high
3Power: 120 volts, 60 Hz AC
4Heavy duty commercial quality 40-watt motor
1First, the vitalizer helps relieve swollen ankles
2Next, you get better sleep
3Also, it improves circulation, which helps oxygenate cells to promote cell repair,
4In addition, it rejuvenates and increases your energy
5Moreover, it restores energy lost from fibromyalgia or lyme’s disease
6Most of all, it stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, spinal column, and vertebrae to relieve back, neck and shoulder pain, muscle pain, and neuralgia. On the other hand, in case of severe muscle pain that doesn't go away deep tissue massagers may help.
7Next, it helps remove toxins that have accumulated in your body throughout the day
8Also, it strengthens your immune system, thereby increasing your body's ability to fight off infection and repair damaged cells
9In addition, it realigns the spine, relaxes back muscles, increases blood flow and oxygen to the spinal column
10And, the chi vitalizer machine helps decreases blood pressure
11Also, it helps relax your spine and nervous system, improve overall health and physiological function
12Next, it increases your metabolism
13And, maximize your athletic performance
14Finally, the chi vitalizer massages your muscles
1Most of all, it is easy to use. In fact, simply lie down and relax
2In fact, using it for 5 to 15 minutes a day affects blood and lymph flow to the same extent as a 30-minute walk
3So, start with a short period of time and at slow speed. Then monitor your results and increase the time and speed at your own pace.
Daiwa Felicity Original Chi Swing Machine
1First, the swing machine comes with thick vinyl padded cradles
2Next, the Super Deluxe Vitality Swing creates a wave-like motion from the ankles that moves up the legs and spine.
3Also, healthy swing machine comes with variable speed that is adjusted with a wired remote controller
4In addition, the healthy swing machine has a 15-minute auto timer
1Weight: 15 pounds
2Dimensions: 11” long, 16” wide, and 15” high
3Extra heavy duty 40-watt motor
1First, the Qi Machine can help increase circulation to the lower extremities for people who are sedentary
2Also, the healthy swing machine increases oxygen in blood
3Next, it is used for stress reduction, getting a restful sleep, increasing your energy, and overall revitalization.
4Also, the healthy swing machine loosens tight hips and spine
5And, it reduces leg swelling
6Furthermore, it improves lymphatic flow, boost metabolism
7Also, it provides a feeling of calmness and relaxation
8Finally, people with disabling injuries, chronic pain, or inability to exercise can use the swing machine
1Most of all, the healthy swing machine is easy to use. In fact, just sit on the ground and place your feet on the comfortable ankle pads. Then, lie back in a relaxing position. Next, turn on the machine and control its speed using the convenient remote control.
2Most of all, focus on relaxing your muscles and breathing steadily as the wave-like motion of the legs moves up the body into the spine, the neck, and the shoulders.
Daiwa Felicity Swing Master Deluxe Model
1First, the swing master comes with padded vinyl ankle cradles
2Next, the swing master creates a wave-like motion that travels from the ankles up the legs and spine
3Also, it comes with a 4.8 foot wired remote controller for adjusting speed
4In addition, it has a 15-minute auto timer
5Finally, it comes with a 1-year standard warranty
1Weight: 9 pounds
2Dimensions: 9” long, 8” wide, and 11.5” high
3Power: 120 volts, 60 Hz AC
4Strong 15-watt motor
1First, the Qi Machine helps increase circulation to the lower extremities for people who are sedentary
2Next, it relieves stress by relaxing the spine and nervous system
3Also, it helps achieve a state of deep relaxation, get a restful sleep, increase your energy, and overall revitalization
4In addition, it relaxes muscles by giving them a soothing massage
5Next, it improves lymphatic flow. In fact, chi swing machines stimulate the lymphatic system, which is responsible for clearing excess fluids from the body. Indeed, research has shown that chi swing devices are an effective at-home adjunct therapy for patients who have experienced a decline in their lymphatic system (condition referred to as lymphoedema). Furthermore, this condition can develop alongside other health problems and cause a buildup of fluids, usually in the legs and feet.
6Also, it helps you lose weight by increasing your metabolism
7Next, it improves your athletic performance
8In addition, it boosts your immune system to fight off infection
9Also, it stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, spinal column and vertebrae to get rid of back pain, muscle aches and neuralgia
10Finally, the swing master increases oxygen intake into your cells to boost cell repair
1Most of all, it is easy to use. In fact, just sit on the ground and place your feet on the comfortable ankle pads. Lie back in a relaxing position. Turn on the machine and control its speed using the convenient remote control.
2Next, focus on relaxing your muscles and breathing steadily as the wave-like motion of the legs moves up the body into the spine, the neck, and the shoulders.
Surge of Chi Exerciser Mark 4
1First, for maximum comfort, the Mark 4 comes with well-padded leg cradles. Moreover, the cradles are covered with soft but hard-wearing leather. Also, the cradles are more comfortable on the ankles than hard plastic cradles.
2Next, the cradle can be adjusted for any body size
3Also, the cradle’s angle can be adjusted to the user's height & weight
4Incidentally, the cradle’s 1.75” side-to-side travel width has the greatest effect on the back
5Next, Far Infra Red heating units, integral to the cradle, emit gentle yet penetrating therapeutic warmth to ease muscle stiffness
6Also, the cradles move smoothly
7Next, the cradle has multiple speed settings ranging from 80 to 160 swings or beats per minute. Also, these settings are adjustable in increments of one.
1Incidentally, the speed settings are changed with the tethered remote controller.
2Meanwhile, the remote controller has a digital timer that is used to set session time. In addition, the remote controller has a LCD display showing remaining session duration.
3Next, the cradles also vibrate to give a massage. Meanwhile, the user can select between 12 vibration frequencies.
4Especially relevant, the machine has three auto-modes, each with pre-programmed 15-minute sessions. Also, in each of the auto-mode sessions, cradle speed changes gradually and automatically.
5Firstly, auto-mode 1 changes both beat speed and vibration frequency at a rate of 12 times per minute. Indeed, the beat speed ranges from 83 to 119 beats per minute while the vibration frequency is selected from among 9 values
6Secondly, auto-mode 2 changes both beat speed and vibration frequency at a rate of 4 times per minute, and is more relaxing than auto-mode 1
7Thirdly, auto-mode 3 has only cradle vibrations and infra-red heat – the cradles do not swing side-to-side. Meanwhile, the vibration frequency changes at a rate of 4 times per minute.
8Lastly, manual mode uses any speed between 80 to 160 beats per minute with or without vibrations
9Finally, the Mark 4 comes with a 2-year standard warranty as well as a 60-day money back guarantee. Moreover, the warranty can be, optionally, extended for up to two additional years.
1Weight: 15.6 pounds
2Dimensions: 15.5” long, 10.5” wide, 13.5” height
3A 45 watts heavy duty DC motor for long life and smooth ride, with advanced electronic programming
CY-106 Chi Swing OXY-TWIST Vitalizer
1First, the ergonomically designed ankle base is made from durable molded hard plastic. Next, the ankle support is a cushioned soft pad with synthetic leather cover. Moreover, the cover can be easily taken off for cleaning and does not easily tear.
2Incidentally, the ankle base swings about 2” left and right of the center
3Also, the ankle base moves laterally, with a simultaneous up and down motion. Consequently, you get an elliptical movement.
4In addition, the ankle base can naturally accommodate different body shapes and weights of users
5Next, it’s speed ranges from 90 to 140 beats per minute
6Also, the speed is adjusted using a 4-foot long corded remote controller. In addition, the controller can also turn on or off the machine.
7Next, the controller has an adjustable session timer. Meanwhile, the machine will run for 15 minutes before powering down.
8Also, the handle on the unit makes it easy to carry
9Especially relevant, it is FDA listed
10Finally, it comes with a 2-year warranty on parts and 1-year warranty on labor
1Weight: 19 pounds
2Dimensions: 14” long, 10” wide, 14” height
3Power: 110 volts AC
4Strong 40 watts motor made from high quality plastic
59 foot power cord
1First, the CY-106 improves blood circulation. In fact, it moves blood through the lower half of the body, while at higher speeds it moves blood through the upper half. Consequently, oxygen levels increase, which helps to oxygenate the spine and body.
2Next, it increases elimination of toxins from the lower half of the body, while high speeds eliminate them from the upper half
3Also, it enhances lymphatic drainage
4Next, it passively exercises back muscles. In fact, the swinging motion passively stretches the back
5Moreover, it relaxes muscles, relieves stress, and helps improve sleep
6In addition, the agitation helps constipation and helps to better digest food
7Finally, it improves overall immune function
1First, it is not recommended you use the machine for more than 15 minutes a session
2Also, kneeling on the machine will cause injury
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How Do You Compare these Machines?
Use the factors below to evaluate chi machines.
First, a handle offers a convenient way to move the machine from the closet or another storage location to wherever on the floor it will be used. In fact, without the handle, both hands are likely to be needed to transport the machine. While this is not a problem for most, the elderly or others in similar state may find it hard to do.
Next, the motor helps swing the cradles side to side with the weight of the legs on the cradle. Consequently, the motor needs enough power for the heaviest person to use the machine. Generally, a 40-watt motor is more than adequate. On the other hand, a motor rated less than 25-watts may not provide enough juice for heavier users.
Power Supply Cable
Next, a chi machine with a long power supply cord enables its use away from the wall and furniture. On the other hand, a short cord will restrict the machine’s use closer to the wall where the furniture doesn’t get in the way.
Incidentally, nearly all chi machines come with a tethered remote controller. As a result, the machine can be conveniently controlled while lying down on the floor. Also, the longer the tether the more convenient it is for you to use the remote.
Most of all, the speed of a chi machine is the rate at which the cradles swing side-to-side. For the most part, speeds of chi machines range from a low of 80 swings or beats per minute to a high of 160 swings per minute. Furthermore, the consensus is to start with a slower speed. Also, the slower speed helps many relax. While the fastest speeds can be invigorating. Meanwhile, the range of speeds allows the user to find the speed that’s most comfortable.
Next, if the machine is going to used frequently over months or years, a warranty covering parts and labor provides good insurance. Moreover, a return policy is always a benefit, especially if the machine doesn’t work out as expected.
Finally, the weight of the machine will along with its physical dimensions determine whether the machine will stay stable as you use it. For example, a lighter machine may wobble at high speeds, especially with a heavier user.
What Do You Get from the Chi Exerciser?
1First, low speeds improve blood flow through the lower half of the body, while higher speeds improve blood flow through the upper half
2Consequently, oxygen levels increase, which helps to oxygenate the spinal column and body
3Also, it helps decrease blood pressure
4In addition, oxygen intake by the cells increases to promote cell repair
Better Lymphatic System
1Next, the chi exerciser stimulates the lymphatic system, which is responsible for clearing excess fluids from the body. Indeed, research has shown that chi swing devices are an effective at-home adjunct therapy for patients who have experienced a decline in their lymphatic system (condition referred to as lymphoedema). Furthermore, this condition can develop alongside other health problems and cause a buildup of fluids, usually in the legs and feet.
2In addition, low speed increases elimination of toxins from the lower half of the body, while high speeds eliminate them from the upper half
3Also, the improved lymphatic flow is beneficial to the immune system, thereby increasing the body's ability to fight off infection and repair damaged cells
1Moreover, you get better, more restful sleep
2Also, it rejuvenates and increases your energy
3And, the chi exerciser restores energy lost from fibromyalgia or lyme’s disease
4Furthermore, it stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, spinal column, and vertebrae to relieve back, neck and shoulder pain, muscle pain, and neuralgia.
5Next, it passively exercises and stretches back muscles
6In addition, it realigns the spine
7And, it relaxes muscles, including back muscles, by giving them a soothing massage
8Also, it relieves stress by relaxing the spine and nervous system
9Furthermore, it improves overall health and physiological function
10Next, by increasing your metabolism it helps you lose weight
11And, used before a workout, it loosens muscles making it easier for you to exercise
12Also, it improves and maximizes your athletic performance
13Next, it loosens tight hips and spine
14In addition, it reduces leg swelling and swollen ankles
15Also, it provides a feeling of calmness and relaxation
16And, it helps achieve a state of deep relaxation and overall revitalization
17Most of all, the agitation helps constipation and improves the ability to digest food
18Finally, people with disabling injuries, chronic pain, or inability to exercise can use the machine as a substitute for exercise
Have the Benefits of these Machines been Studied?
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:
1First, a decrease in tension
2Also, improvements in back, neck, and shoulders
3Next, an increase in your energy
4Also, improved relaxation
5In addition, an increase in general mobility and flexibility
6Also, a reduction in pain and discomfort
7Finally, improvements in sleep patterns
Next, 70 percent reported the following mental health benefits:
1First, an increased clarity of thought and alertness
2Next, an improved ability to cope with stress
3Also, improved focus and concentration
4In addition, a calmer mind
5And, a more positive outlook
Finally, 50 percent reported the following emotional benefits:
1First, an improved emotional balance and stability
2Next, an increased sense of well-being
3Finally, feeling calmer and less stressed
While the available speed of the 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.
How Effective is this Machine?
Now, it is reported that research shows using the machine for five minutes gives you, in terms of calories burned, the same benefits as walking one mile.
Meanwhile, a 2015 study compared the effectiveness of passive and active motion exercise among elderly nursing home residents. Indeed, the study found both passive and active exercise are similarly effective in improving functional fitness of these residents.
Furthermore, another study found that passive leg movements have the capacity to induce muscular activity in the lower limbs. Incidentally, this electrical activity was measured using electromyographic techniques. In addition, the study found passive leg movements enhances oxygen metabolism in the lower limb muscles.
Next, a study appeared on page 1,821 in the September 2016 edition of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. And, this study reported that passive exercise, such as using the motor driven pedal helps. In fact, passive exercise helps by burning extra calories, lowering blood sugar, and insulin levels in inactive people. Consequently, by simply having their legs moved by motorized exercisers, the insulin sensitivity of inactive people increased after eating. In fact, this occurred because blood sugar rises were reduced after eating.
When Should You Use This Machine?
Use it to Treat Lymphedema
Now, a significant proportion of those who survive lower torso cancer treatments end up developing lymphedema in the lower legs. By the way, lymphedema is fluid retention in the lower legs. Moreover, studies have shown that a three-week treatment with a chi machine, resulted in statistically significant reductions in total leg volume, leg fluids, whole body extracellular fluids, weight and subjective leg symptoms. Consequently, using chi machines allows you to reduce fluid retention in the home instead of having to go to outpatient clinics or hospitals.
Use it for Fluid Retention and Poor Blood Circulation
Meanwhile, others with a tendency to accumulate fluids in the legs, or have poor blood circulation in the legs, can get similar benefits from chi machines.
Use it for Losing Weight
Next, manufacturers claim that using chi machines for 15 minutes is equivalent to a brisk walk for 90 minutes. Moreover, you don’t have to sweat, and do in 15 minutes what it would otherwise take 90 minutes.
Use it for Back Pain
Also, manufacturers claim chi machines can bring relief to back pain and improve spinal alignment because vibrating the spine relieves pressure and reduces misalignment.
Use it for Getting Good Sleep
In addition, chi machines can be used to get good sleep. In fact, using it for 20 minutes just before bed, may help you fall asleep. However, to get the most success using this machine, you should have a good sleep hygiene, such as avoiding caffeine after 2 in the afternoon.
Finally, chi machines may help with stress, bad posture, and headaches.
When Shouldn't You Use this Machine?
1First, during pregnancy.
2Second, less than 3 months after major surgery or bone fracture.
3Next, if you have serious heart disease.
4Or, you have serious infection.
5Also, if you have bleeding injuries.
6In addition, if you have epilepsy.
7Moreover, chi machines should not be used within 30 minutes of eating - longer for large meals.
8Furthermore, if severe pain occurs during its use, this should be properly investigated before continuing.
9Meanwhile, temporary tiredness and headaches can result from the release of toxins from the tissues. Consequently, should these symptoms occur, reduce the time and be sure to drink plenty of water.
10Finally, if you experience mild discomfort, nausea or dizziness during use, simply reduce the time to one or two minutes only and then increase again slowly. Also, for dizziness, a small pillow can be placed under the head until the problem resolves.
How Do You Use this Machine?
How Often and How Long Should I Use this Machine?
First, start by using the machine for 30 seconds. And, you can use it four to six times day. Then, after every week of use increase the duration by 30 seconds. Meanwhile, listening to soothing music improves its effectiveness.