By The National Center for Telehealth and Technology
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Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body and instructions and practice exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing.Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management. Breathe2Relax can be used as a stand-alone stress reduction tool, or can be used in tandem with clinical care directed by a healthcare worker.
What's New in Version 1.3
-Updated graphing functionality
-Minor bug fixes
Good for focusing on breathing alone
This is the best breathing app I have found. I like it for simply focusing on your breathing without extra meditative stuff. I also like the way you can customize so many features on or off (instructive narration, minimal audio prompts, visual prompts, and a metronome that I really like). It's also great that you can individually set the length of inhalation and exhalation, and they do not have to be equal. I wish there were more audio music or natural sound track options from which to choose. Also note that if you have your phone hardware set to silent mode the audio or music prompts in the app will be silent.
Very nice training tool
This app (developed by the US Dept of Defense) was recommended by my physical therapist.
Based on diagnostics, I have a specific target rate (5.45 breaths per second). Setting this target in the app is not straightforward nor intuitive; if it were, I'd be inclined to award 5 stars. But maybe not, as the session times are very short and based in number of breaths, not minutes. So there are two tweaks needed.
If you are trying to learn how to slow your breathing, I recommend "Breathing Zone" which includes a breathing analyzer (you give the app access to the mike).
This great app is a must on all my devices! It has optional instructions if you're not an experienced "deep breather" or meditator. The breathing part is so well done! Great for when I'm scattered-doing or thinking too much, too fast-I'm good at getting very stressed out and this app helps return me to a calm, centered place! Tho I have over 100 other deep breathing/relaxation apps, this goes at the top of the list. Thank you, developers!! I'm grateful and you will be, as well!
- Category: Health & Fitness
- Updated: Sep 08, 2013
- Version: 1.3
- Size: 17.0 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: andy flynn
- © Not Applicable
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.