Proper Use of the Chi Machine

Written by Marguerite Tarman

How to use Chi machine correctly?

WHEN? You can use the massager at any time of the day but do not use too soon after a meal and particularly a large meal. Many people find it convenient to leave the Chi Machine in their bedroom and to use it first thing in the morning and  or last thing at night. It tends to wake you up in the morning and put you to sleep at night.

NOTE: however, some people will always be energised by the Chi Machine and they shouldn't use it at night unless they want to be up all night. Sports people can use it to help themselves recover from training and participation.

TIMING:- The Oxygen Massager or “Chi Machine” is a very powerful therapeutic tool and can cause pain and other forms of physical distress if over used.


Using this machine for longer than the recommended time could cause a reaction which might lead someone to believe that, far from doing them good, the machine is doing them harm. If severe pain occurs during normal use, this should be properly investigated before continuing.

If you are basically healthy you can start with a maximum of 5 minutes once or twice a day. After a week, if there are no adverse effects, you can go up to 10 minutes once or twice a day and after another week 15 minutes once or twice a day. You can, if you wish, then increase to three times a day.

The poorer your state of health or the more pain you are in, the shorter the time the machine should be used to begin with. Just one minute once a day is quite enough for someone in poor health and for someone who is in a lot of pain. You can then slowly lengthen the time and increase the number of sessions as you notice improvement. The emphasis here should be on slowly.


One of the effects of the movement is to stimulate the release of accumulated toxins from the tissues. That is why it is very important to drink water both before and after using the machine. Release of toxins can give rise to headaches and / or an aggravation of other pains. You might also feel tired, get a bit of diarrhoea, feel nauseous or a little unwell or just “off”. These symptoms should only be temporary. Make sure you drink plenty of water and perhaps decrease your time on the machine until they have passed. If these feelings persist stop using the machine and contact the person who sold it to you for advice.

If dizziness occurs during use a small pillow can be placed under the head until the problem resolves.


Position the massage unit on a firm surface with the handle directed away from you. Carpet is fine but not plush pile as it is important that the air intake in the base of the machine is not obstructed. Do not use foam rubber or other soft surfaces as proper positioning of the spine can only be guaranteed on a firm surface like a carpeted floor.
Remove shoes and glasses and any tight restrictive clothing.
As the body relaxes it will naturally decrease heat production so make sure that the room is warm or cover yourself with a blanket.

Drink some water (one glass is sufficient) before starting.
Sit in front of the machine with your belly button lined up with the arrow and your legs on either side of the machine so that your feet contact the two back corners of the machine. Place your ankles on the stirrups then lay down on your back. Your feet should be hanging over the back of the stirrups. Let your arms lay by your side. Be sure you are comfortable before starting the machine. If necessary you can use pillows or other forms of padding to prop up parts of the body that might be uncomfortable. As you derive benefit from the machine with repeated use you will gradually be able to remove these supports.

Start the machine by setting the desired time. It is very important that you read the information on Timing before you begin.  40% of the therapeutic effect occurs while the machine is moving and 60% when it stops so when it does stop simply lie there with your eyes closed. You will feel this therapeutic effect either as a state of calmness, a floating feeling, or a feeling of heaviness or of energy (tingling) in the body. Simply focus your attention on whatever you feel in your body and continue to lie there until you feel like getting up. For maximum benefit be sure to lie there for at least 5 to 8 minutes.
To get up remove your feet from the stirrups and place them on the floor in front of the machine with your knees bent. With your arms lying on the floor at a 45 degree angle to the body gently lower your knees to one side as far as is comfortable. Hold there for a moment then slowly return them to the upright position and lower them to the other side as far as is comfortable. On lowering them to the side take an easy breath in, breathing out as you raise the legs to the upright position again. Repeat this movement up to 3 times either side. Throughout these movements use your arms to stabilise yourself and ensure that the shoulders and upper body do not rise from the ground.
To get up roll your legs to one side and at the same time take your opposite arm with you so that you roll your whole body to one side. From this position you can easily stand up getting up on to your knees first. If you feel light headed or dizzy in any way as you start to get up return to the lying position and wait another few minutes before getting up.
Conclude the session with a large drink of water (one to two glasses)


The Mid Position:
Place both hands under your head with the fingers clasped. This position exaggerates the curves of the spine and will impart a stronger motion to the spinal column.


The Goldfish Position:
Lie with your arms relaxed by your sides at an angle of about 45 degrees. This position is particularly good for releasing tension and relaxing.


The Stretched Back Position:
Stretch both arms above your head keeping them as straight as possible. This position creates traction throughout the whole body and can help to relieve muscular tension and discomfort.
To enhance the effects of the machine it is a good idea to do one or all of the following -
Close your eyes and observe the feelings of movement in different parts of your body. See if you can notice any obvious restrictions.

If you use a meditation technique you can use it while on the machine.
Close your eyes and picture yourself somewhere that makes you feel calm and at peace.
Play relaxing music.
Close your eyes and focus your attention on your breathing noticing how the motion causes it to slow down and become more relaxed. It may almost seem to stop particularly when the machine switches off.