Mayo Clinic Meditation
By Mayo Clinic Health Solutions
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Mayo Clinic Meditation is a clinically validated method of meditation you can easily practice using your iPhone or iPod. Developed by Mayo Clinic, this meditation program will help you feel more focused and relaxed throughout your day.
Start Mayo Clinic Meditation with a short training video that introduces the key concepts of the application. Mayo Clinic Meditation uses musical chords and circles to teach you slow, paced breathing which can help clear your mind of daily distractions, leaving you feeling calm, refreshed and at peace. You can choose either the 5 or 15 minute meditation program for your relaxation and enjoyment. The 5 minute program is perfect when you have just a few minutes to unwind. For maximum benefit, make time for the 15 minute program, which guides you through three cycles of paced breathing and silent meditation.
Begin and end your meditation experience with Healing Thoughts, gentle reminders that help you stay focused on the bright spots in everyday life. Healing Thoughts appear on the main screen every time you open Mayo Clinic Meditation. Share Healing Thoughts with friends and family via email, text, Facebook or Twitter.
Mayo Clinic Meditation is based upon the research of Amit Sood, M.D., a consultant in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine program at Mayo Clinic. Complimentary and integrative medicine aims to promote wellness by strengthening the communication between your mind and your body. Dr. Sood has published an initial clinical study showing the benefits of Mayo Clinic Meditation. The pilot study indicates that this simple paced-breathing meditation program can reduce stress and improve overall quality of life.
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Expensive - and other programs are cheaper
I bought this figuring that the Mayo Clinic would have a very high quality meditation app. Boy, was I wrong. There are at least a half dozen less expensive apps available (check out Blood Pressure Reducer, Long Deep breathing, etc.) that do it cheaper and better. The focus here is on slowing and deepening the pace of your breathing. Big deal; I have a free app that does that. And this one uses an annoying synthesizer sound and a cheesy stock photo of the beach to guide you along. Oh, there is an introductory greeting video that has no other purpose than to welcome you (nice way to eat up memory! And next time, have a native speaker of American English for the American market!) 4.99$? Save your money and look for the other apps. You'll get the same results. Too bad the Mayo Clinic put its name to such a shoddy piece of work. Hey, docs! Next time, put some more thought into your app or you will cheapen the name brand of Mayo Clinic.
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I love this app because of the sheer fact that it's the first meditation program I've been able to complete without feeling annoyed or distracted. I feel a gentle sense of focus and gratitude after completing both the 5- and 15-minute meditations. The app is designed with a simple gracefulness I appreciate: calm colors, sweet chime, clear instructions. Plus, Mayo Clinic's research backs up this particular technique. It's all good.
I think the beauty of this program lies in what appears to be it's simplicity. Having said that, the little I know of Mayo Clinic, I am sure there are layers of studious research completed on this program --making an amazing and effective relaxation-producing product! I see the portability of this app having tremendous possibilities for transforming stress for many individuals. Thank-you Mayo for creating this!