BreathPacer app for iPhone and iPad
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: (OReilly, 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 Mens Journal magazine issue on optimal performance: http://www.mensjournal.com/breathing
Also, see Dr. Muenchs 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.
Pros and cons of BreathPacer app for iPhone and iPad
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Ive used this to relax before going to sleep and it is really effective! Nice graphic design as well.
This is the best... as a multi-tasking mom who works fulltime and has two kids I have finally found some relief. Less yelling, less stressing... it totally works. It is discreet, lovely to use, and is MUCH less money than therapy, a daily candy bar, or a martini. I plan on using my savings to buy SHOES!
I am so happy that I got this app! I use it on the train during my commute to and from work and it has really helped me relax and arrive to work (and home from work) refreshed and with a clearer head. Well worth the $2.99...
I use this as a supplement to my breathing practice and it really helps me focus on my breath and the duration of each. It is also great to have some visuals to focus on and now when I see the graphics, I automatically focus on my breath. Great program!
I own a Resperate which is a special little device for a couple hundred dollars that does something similar. This is VERY handy to have with me all the time. Seems to work pretty well. It would be nice to have a toggle timer that would allow you to set it for either no time limit or a specific number of minutes (15 or 20) so that it would stop on its own, once you completed the breathing session. I like to use it when I am getting ready for bed so it would be nice if it turned off on its own after the timer finished. I like the rain sound that it plays but it would be nice if there was a little more difference between the inhale and exhale sound or something so that you could know when you are at the end of the inhale or exhale from the sound. The visuals are great but if you want to close your eyes to do this, you have to pay attention closely. Well worth the price if you want to use this technique to lower your blood pressure and relax.
Well-designed and useful to help one guide their breath. Id love to have the ability to save a few presets. The accompanying sound is pleasant and unobtrusive. My recommendation would be to insert a short pause at the end of each inhale-exhale cycle. This would make the rhythm more clear if you are not looking at the visual.
Some bad moments
This "oceanic" inhale and exhale indicator sounds are awful!!! They are very noisy and do not cleary indicate the start nor end of a repetition. The rest is ok. Good thing you can set all 4 times (inhale pause exhale pause)
The app quits abruptly with the new firmware 3.1.1 for itouch. Please fix this issue
I couldnt use it for my yoga practice. Breaths per minutes (BPM) should NOT be fixed. needs some sounds and music selections. waist of money
For .99 cents, maybe....but totally NOT worth $2.99 . I could do the same thing with a clock or a watch or a timer........if they add some features like a choice of sounds, more breathing exercises, whatever---itd be a little better. But for now, dont buy it and dont believe the glowing reviews and endorsements from magazines, etc. Those HAD to be written by people connected to the developers trying to help him/her sell this app...NOT WORTH THE $.
The rain sounds do not demarcate between in and out breath and nothing to let you know how long to hold. So whats the point of this app? Maybe you could add a louder water drop sound as an indicator?
However, the rain sounds are more peaceful than the sounds in other breath apps and it does allow screen-saver to save battery.
to me: a very simple app. the only thing it does is move up and down a scale that people are just supposed to follow. I am not sure if it is really that useful.