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Featured in "Mac Life" as one of their favorite apps to improve health. 12/09
Best Stress Management App! Best 200 iPhone Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders: (O'Reilly, July 2009)
Rated 9/10 by AppCraver! - "BreathPacer is a great app for anyone looking to relax or to get into the habit of breathing better for increased health." http://www.appcraver.com/breathpacer/
Featured in Men's Journal magazine issue on optimal performance: http://www.mensjournal.com/breathing
Also, see Dr. Muench's interview on breath work and health at http://www.perfectbreath.com/?q=node/100
BreathPacer is a powerful breathing guide that can help you reduce stress and experience deep relaxation. Andrew Weil, a leader in the integrative health field, states, “If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly.”
Research has shown that practicing therapeutic breathing creates profound mental and physiological changes in the body.. Breathpacer is especially useful for those people who want to master the breathing techniques used in various forms of Yoga, Meditation, Qigong and other practices. Use BreathPacer for 10-20 minutes a day and see why therapeutic breathing has been shown to be a treatment and/or adjunctive treatment for depression, anxiety, asthma, COPD, hypertension and has also been found to improve cognitive functioning and sports performance!
Practicing slow breathing is not as easy as it seems. BreathPacer helps you practice proper therapeutic breathing with the following features:
- Smoothly animated visual breathing cues.
- Soothing rain sounds direct your in and exhales.
- Flexibility in choosing your own inhale, exhale and hold pace.
- Individualized therapeutic breathing algorithm based on your height.
- Option to gradually reduce your breathing rate over the course of a session to your target therapeutic rate.
- The ability to play your own music while using the program.
- NEW: Breathing Timer. Set how long you want to breath for and the program will stop at the appropriate time.
WARNING: If you have a medical condition which makes it difficult to breathe slowly, have difficulty breathing slowly or hyperventilate easily, consult your physician before purchasing BreathPacer. BreathPacer is a guide. It is not a medical device. The user is responsible for determining whether BreathPacer is right for them. Improper slow breathing can cause temporary dizziness or lightheadedness. If you feel any discomfort, stop using BreathPacer immediately. The company holds no fiscal responsibly for people who do not follow the instructions of BreathPacer.
What's New in Version 1.11
* Fix to return compatibility to OS 3.x devices
Sound Not Good
PLEASE PLEASE make the sound easier to tell when it's time to breath in and out. I DON'T want to stare at the screen while breathing. How about IN....OUT....IN....OUT. Do something please?
Great app with one serious limitation
If I'm able to stare at the screen while doing the breathing exercise, it works great. After 15 minutes, I feel incredibly calm and centered, not matter what kind of mood I was in before.
Thing is, I'd like to be able to do this while not staring at the screen. I need to sit in front of an acne light with my eyes closed for 30 minutes a day. Other reviewers have mentioned other perfectly ordinary scenarios in which it would be possible to use this app to great effect but they can't because they'd have to stare at the screen the whole time.
Unfortunately the wave sound that's supposed to indicate when to switch from breathing in to breathing out is completely useless. It sounds nice but there's no way I can tell from the sound what to do. I'm surprised the app was released like this. Even testing with just one user should have uncovered this major flaw.
Is it worth $3? I'd say yes but... It doesn't seem like the product is being developed any more, so don't hold your breath for a solution.
Fully-configurable but needs sound cues
You can control just about every parameter of the app, which is really handy. Being able to choose your music, the sleep controls, etc. But as others have mentioned, it really needs to have sound cues that follow the currently selected breath timing.
It might be more natural to have the waves follow their own rhythm, but you're glued to the screen otherwise. In fairness to the developers it might be a bad choice between loading the app with a hundred different sound files, or the inability of the iPhone's chip to timestretch sounds .... still a great choice for a breathing app!
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- Category: Health & Fitness
- Updated: Oct 25, 2010
- Version: 1.11
- Size: 3.3 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Larva Labs Ltd.
- © Larva Labs Ltd.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.