The original Chi Machine was developed by Dr. Shizuo Inoue, a medical visionary and inventor in Japan. Dr. Inoue had spent decades researching the relationship between body movement and minor muscular pain and tension caused by fatigue or overexertion. In his concept for his Chi Machine he was inspired by watching goldfish swimming. Dr. Inoue speculated that the steady undulation causes the fish's whole body to be massaged, which was beneficial to its health.
Engineers took his basic concept and created the technical design for the original Chi Machine. "The pattern of motion that the machine generates in the human body uses minimum effort and achieves maximum results," said Dr. Inoue. "It relaxes muscles locally, temporarily increases our comfort, adds temporary relief to minor tension in muscles from fatigue or overexertion. It can also increase our sense of comfort, through the temporary relief of minor muscle pain and aches, due to fatigue or overexertion."
Since 1990, over one million original Chi Machine have been sold worldwide. The Chi Machine gained a tremendous reputation for its solid construction and outstanding benefits. It also proved very easy to use, providing results without stress or injury to the body.
There is growing recognition in Western medicine of Eastern traditions that speak of life force energy flowing in channels through all living beings. Acupuncture and similar therapies are often adopted by western practitioners to invigorate the Chi with a view to enhancing health.
Since the invention of the Chi Machine, there have been other manufacturers who have decided to make similar devices at a much lower cost. The goal was the same: to provide oscillating motion and enhance the Chi in the body. The difference of these later versions of Chi devices was that many allow control of the speed of the lateral movement while the original Chi Machine was designed only to have one speed.
When the human body is lying flat on a bed, the neck and waist are at a higher elevation than the rest of the body. We can observe from the human anatomy that only the narrower parts, like the neck and waist, can rotate. The thicker parts cannot. It is comparable to the thinness of an axle relative to a wheel. Anyone who has used a Chi device understands that when your feet are slightly elevated on the device, the swinging is from left to right, from foot to waist, from chest to cervical vertebra—your head, even the spinal cord and muscles. Chi devices induce motion in the two major pivot points similar to the motion of a fish swimming in water. Dr. Inoue called the action of his machine the "goldfish method" inspired by goldfish swimming in water. Why? When you see a goldfish swimming, you notice that the gentle undulation of its tail brings movement to the spinal cord and muscles. Thus, Chi health devices bring into full play the movement orbits of human anatomy.
Utilization Of Full Spinal Movement
The spine's design permits sideways "goldfish" or snake-like movement that serves to relieve vertebrae joint pressure and thereby promote greater well-being. Modern man fails to exercise this design feature, part of the reason being that stress of mind creates body tension and rigidity. Spinal movement is restrained by body tension and has been reduced to a forward and upright torso momentum. When we awaken or feel tired, we raise our arms, stretch and yawn, and in the process, flex the spinal column in a twisting snakelike movement. Instantly we feel a pleasurable sensation of energy movement and alertness of mind. The reason is that in yawning, the lungs fill with air and greater oxygenation of cells occurs, pressure on the intervertebral discs momentarily releases and the autonomic nervous system is stimulated. (Do a "yawning" stretch to verify the value of such oxygenation and spinal twist).
Chi health devices' ability, through this motion, to enhance oxygenation, toning and strength of the body increases the feeling of aliveness and well-being—that is, raises the chi of life force—in the bodies of those who use a machine on a daily basis.
"My research has convinced me" said Dr. Inoue, "that lack of oxygen is the root of most or perhaps even all disease."