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.
* We now support fully custom timing values. Just tap on the label beside the time slider to enter any timing values you need.
Ratings and Reviews
It used to be a wonderful app.
I started using this app as a recommendation from a biofeedback doctor at the Mayo Clinic, to help with my migraines. My numbers (inhale/hold/exhale/hold) were determined by the doctor after biofeedback session. The app worked wonderfully until an update that doesn't allow you to set you specific numbers anymore - you can only enter whole seconds now for some reason. They took something that worked for each individual and made it generic. I wish I could get my money back. I'm going to contact my doctor to see which other app he recommends or if the clinic doctors have finally developed their own. Before they changed the app, I could regulate my body temperature and heart rate perfectly. Very disappointed.
Mayo Clinic Update
I saw other Mayo Clinic reviews indicating that the new version does not support specific settings and you have to use the whole numbers. I emailed the Mayo Clinic informing them of this. The doctor informed me you have to click on the actual number and then you can put in the decimal point for specific settings and works. Just wanted to let others know the way around this.
New Version is Horrible
The new update is awful. The audio and visual cues went from peaceful and easily understood to annoying and ambiguous. The breath pacer frequently will not start when the "play" button is pressed, requiring a reboot to render it functional again. In short, the previous UI was far superior, and the new changes make the app nigh unusable.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.