Frequently Asked Questions
Depending on age and physical condition, before beginning any exercise program, an evaluation by a physician is recommended to rule out potential health risks. Once health and fitness levels are determined and any physical restrictions identified, the individual's sonic whole body vibration (SWBV) exercise program should begin slowly. Children and the elderly should be under the supervision of a trained professional.
What is SWBV?
SWBV is a platform that vibrates while the user stands, sits, etc., on it. Exercises can be performed while on the platform, which will have a different effect on the body compared to performing these exercises while on solid ground. The biological reaction to vibration is dependent on the frequency, magnitude, duration and type of vibration — or how often, how much and how long the vibratory stimulus is. There is an involuntary muscular response to vibration; the muscle contracts and relaxes at the same rate as the Hz set on the WBV unit. Specific SWBV frequencies make muscles contract more often and to a greater degree. For example, if the unit is set to 30Hz for 30 seconds, the muscle will contract and relax 900 times.
What is SWBV (Sonic whole body vibration)?
Sonic Whole-Body Vibration (SWBV) employs a speaker system with new magnetic circuits, rather than vibration spin motors. SWBV works to overcome all negative aspects of vibration motors. Vibration spin motors have excessive noise, an unnatural directions of vibration, harsh direction changes, and can create a stress response in the body. SWBV which is in a natural vertical plane of motion, has fully adjustable intensity, and is a true sine wave directional change. All of which results in a much more enjoyable and healthy vibrational exercise experience. Mechanical WBV simply cannot function at the level that SWBV does.
Many types of intermediate sports, like walking, power walking, horse riding, etc. are all performed at low frequencies, between 1 ~ 8 Hz. It is now possible with SWBV to exercise at these ultra low frequencies. The movements are only vertical, which is the direction we experience through most of our physical activities.
What are the Contraindications & Effects of the Sonic Life machine?
This list below of contraindications is not absolute. If one of the conditions listed below applies to you we strongly advise that you consult with your physician before using the Sonix. If you have any known heath concerns in addition to this list, consult your physician and advise them you wish to begin a sonic vibration exercise program which vibrates in a vertical plane between 3-50 Hz (vibrations per second) and has an adjustable intensity (rate at which the plate vibrates up and down). Your body may endure between negative and positive 3 Gs of force for up to 10 minutes. This can be equivalent to 1 hour of cardio.
Serious cardiovascular disease
Recent wounds from an operation or surgery
Recent Hip and knee implants
Acute hernia, discopathy, spondylolysis
Recently placed IUDs, metal pins, or plates
Research is still being conducted on the effects of vibration on certain medical conditions. Very frail individuals and children should consult their physician and be accompanied by an adult when using the Sonix.
Children using SWBV -. With young children, it is advisable to restrict use to under 3-4 min at a 50% or less amplitude. This would include the low intensity setting, or in the Manual mode at low frequency.
Should I take my shoes off before using the Sonix?
Yes it is recommended that you take off your shoes before using the Sonix. Shoes can absorb some of the good vibrations from going through your body. By removing your shoes you will also be in a more natural position. To get the best results from you Sonix experience you should be barefoot or wearing a pair of socks.
How should I be standing while using the Sonix?
While on the Sonix, hold your most perfect posture. Shoulders back, head up looking forward, breathing deeply. Standing tall places your body posture in a neutral weight distribution position for the best overall affect.
Is there anything I can do to increase the effects of the Sonix?
While on the Sonix flex and tense muscles in various isometric contractions. The stimulation of the fast twitch muscle response is the natural process of the Sonix using the weight of the cell in gravity. To get faster results from your 10 minute Sonic workout, flex and hold different muscle contractions.
Also, Breathe, Breathe, Breathe, when you have all of your 100 trillion cells in motion, they are screaming for Oxygen to help burn the large number of calories being spent. Be sure and breathe deeply. Another consideration would be the addition of an oxygen concentrator for an incredible EWAT experience.
Should I ease my way into using the Sonix?
Yes, Start off slowly. In the beginning stick with the 10 minute program, or even less, the body has been storing toxins for many years. The fluid movement generated by your Sonix exercise program is going to stimulate your body to detoxify and remove unwanted fluid. As you slowly adapt you can add in another 10 minute session, or use the machine several times a day with up to three 20 minute sessions.
Can I use the Sonix if I’m Sensitive to EMFs?
This issue has been researched and tested over the last 10 years. Incoherent EMF is made up of thousands of random frequencies (Like microwaves, and wireless phones ). Those are not so good...... A sound wave, a single tone, or a sound in its self, is a coherent frequency. Our Sonix emits a single wave form that is Coherent. Other forms of electrical equipment have Incoherent random waves that can affect the electromagnetic sensitive people.
What is the max G-force and amplitude for the Sonix?
The max G-force of the Sonix is 3Gs and the max amplitude is 22mm. Remember that the Sonix is sound actuated so it functions in a true sine wave, actually slightly decelerating before it changes direction. Mechanical and non-sonic machines are a saw tooth or square wave creating a very harsh, jarring, and cellular stressor due to the change in the direction of the motor.
What Makes the Sonix better than the rest of the WBV machines?
The Sonix is the only vibrational plate available in the world that is truly sound actuated, with a precise frequency range from 3 - 50 Hertz in 1 Hertz increments. The base plate or motor, is actually a powerful magnetic voice coil or speaker. Since the introduction of the Turbosonic 10 years ago, and then the Sonix years ago, several other companies have been trying to capitalize on our patented sonic design by claiming to be sound actuated. What they actually have is a liner motor or several small liner motors that do respond to a sound frequency chip and that’s the end of the similarity. The motion is then transferred to the plate via mechanical actuation rods. I only know of 2 other devices with liner motors. If they are a true Sonic actuated like the Sonix they should be able to play music, or plug an ipod/Mp3 into the device.
Number of vibrational machines available in the world------about 60
Number of machines that are a strictly vertical motion----about 6 (omni-directional plates can create a cellular stress response. O.K. For an elite athlete, not O.K. For someone with a health challenge or geriatric)
Number of machines that function below 30Hz-------about 3 ( earth frequencies, dolphins, mitochondria, healing effects, meditation, creative brain wave patterning etc. are all below 12Hz
Number of machines that are sound actuated---Sonix
Number of machines that have a range from 3-50 Hz in one step increments---Sonix
Number of machines that can adjust amplitude from 0 to max (22mm)-----Sonix
Number of machines that emit a coherent low frequency electromagnetic field----Sonix
There is no viberation machine competition at this level. Most of the other machines are an exercise device at some level, but none have the exercise therapeutics, and exercise versatility of the Sonix.
How can I utilize the Sonix in my business practice?
Many businesses such as Gyms, Wellness Spas, Chiropractic offices, etc….. are using Sonix. It is a great way to create revenue by selling sessions or monthly memberships to experience the Sonix.
How many calories can I burn in a 10 minute session?
In one ten-minute Sonix session you can burn up to 190 Calories.
Will Sonix exercise help to increase my flexibility?
Yes it can help improve your flexibility. Before you use the Sonix try touching your toes, after your session try touching your toes again. You will notice It will be much easier the second time. A better range of motion and flexibility is usually the first thing the users notice.
If you are interested in purchasing a Sonix machine, contact the Diabetes Support Services headquarters at 503-585-1335 for details. WWe maintain files on scientific and medical research on the benefits of WBV as well as testimonials from DSS clients.