Sheffield Star Newspaper, UK
What The Newspapers Say -
The Sun Ancon Chi Machine.
Wiggling your way to fitness
and freedom from aches and pains sounded intriguing.
UK journalist Jo Davison decided to find out if the
claims for the Sun Ancon Chi Machine were fishy or
"EATING fish is supposed to be
good for us. Now we're being told to move like one.
The secret of good health could lie in the wiggle.
The constant, sideways swing a fish makes with its
tail could make all the difference to niggling aches
and pains, energy and stress level.
A Japanese doctor who
studied the motion of his goldfish found its tail
swing generated movement of the fish's entire spinal
column and all its muscles. Babies move their spines
in a similar side-to-side motion in their cots but
as we get older we don't have much need for this
serpentine movement. Could the minor muscle aches,
stressed joints and inability to relax that make our
lives a pain be a consequence?
The medic decided it could and
set about inventing a magic box that would rock us
to better health. This Asian device is supposed to
balance your energy, or Chi,
as the ancient Chinese call it. It was developed by
the doctor, who specialised in the functions of
oxygen motion in the body, to see if it could help
people with Secondary Lymphoedema, a fluid problem
caused by lymph damage. Tests showed victims,
including patients with venous oedema,
received significant relief in their symptoms. But
the benefit of re-oxygenated blood pumping swiftly
through your veins is good for virtually everyone -
it's what happens to us when we exercise. The
after-sensation and results are the same - a surge
of energy followed by better lymph drainage which
eliminates toxins. The Chi Machine has become more
Practitioners claim regular
use can improve posture and backache by correcting
the position of the spine, tone muscles
and even help you lose weight. They say
specialists are thinking of promoting its use to
those with multiple sclerosis and energy-sapping ME.
Those with depression and stress may also benefit
from playing goldfish on the carpet. A session takes
4-6 minutes and requires no skill or effort; just
switch on and lie there.
It sounded too good to be
true. I hired the machine for a week. The chi
machine is a simple looking little thing. Just an
electronic box that you rest your ankles on. So
simple, I'd decided, it couldn't possibly work. But,
intrepid journalist that I am, I duly laid down and
switched on. Once I'd got my ankles in a comfortable
position (not easy) and my spine straight, it
vibrated my body into ripples. The actual motion
swings your entire body from side to side in a
gentle, undulating fashion. At first it seems like a
silly thing to be doing. But you stop giggling as
the gentle rhythm soothes and lulls. I could feel
the wiggle going from my feet right down my legs, up
my body and spine into my neck.
most comfortable for you.
I laid there, head wobbling
like David Grey mid-song, aware that I looked a bit
ridiculous. But after a few minutes, I didn't
care; I'd gone with the flow. And when the machine
timer suddenly clicked off, I felt quite robbed.
The instructions said I
should lie still for a few minutes afterwards. As I
did so, I could feel a tingling sensation in my legs
- a boost in circulation, I assumed. As I got up, my
back felt stiff, but it soon eased. After using it a
few times, I noticed niggly aches in my back and
neck were relieved each time and, bizarrely
considering I'd done nothing, the backs of my legs
and my bottom felt like they had gone through a mild
Although I did feel slightly
more energetic, the overriding benefit I felt was
one of relaxation. I definitely felt better for
those ten-minute sessions. In fact, the machine is
quite addictive. I found myself longing for a chi
break all day." - Jo
Davidson, Sheffield Star.