When you’ve had a long day and need to unwind, those of us with iPhones, iPads and iPods increasingly turn to our devices to help us to relax. Relaxation apps are plentiful, but unfortunately many of them simply don’t work. Of those that do, there are so many sounds available (with notifications every week when new ones are added!) and so much music to choose from… surely this defeats the purpose of a relaxation app if it’s necessary to wade through pages of sounds and spend hours setting the thing up?
All this adds up to a less than relaxing experience, so I created Chillax, the one-button relaxation app.
Yes really, just press the button and start to unwind.
One-Button Seamless Playback
Right out of the box Chillax will give you a 20 minute seamless, blissful journey using a unique combination of soothing music, relaxing sounds of the sea and binaural beats.
This is how all relaxation apps should work. You want to relax, you press the button, you start to relax.
There’s a slider to adjust the journey time up or down from 1 to 90 minutes so you can grab 5 minutes, or meditate for an hour or more. It’s up to you.
Sound and Music
For a bit of variety we have included a selection of broadcast quality recordings of nature that we found relaxing. Waterfalls, crackling fires, a gentle breeze, waves on the ocean, waves at the beach, even the gentle rumble of distant thunder (my mum loves that one!). I love the sound of gentle rain falling on a tent (without any leaks!!) so that’s included as well. Very comforting and warming.
There are several different musical beds to accompany the sounds, and these also loop seamlessly so there’s no gaps in the playback. Perfect for hypnotherapy sessions. One of our clients, a hypnotherapy clinic, use Chillax regularly in hypnotherapy sessions with clients. It really is that good!
Chillax also generates “binarual beats” to help guide and entrain the brain into a meditative state.
Binaural beats are a psycho-acoustic effect created by the brain when you hear a different tone in each ear. If you put a tone of say 300Hz in one ear and 310 Hz in the other ear, the brain produces a phenomenon resulting in low-frequency pulsations as the difference between the two tones. Research suggests that binaural beats may be used to aid relaxation, and are often used in meditation. The waking, alert mind generates higher frequency brain waves, and as you become more relaxed and restful, the frequencies will get steadily lower. Chillax generates these tones in each ear, to gently guide the brain waves from alpha down to deep theta waves found in meditative and relaxed states.
How does this audio encourage relaxation and meditative states?
Meditative states are achieved in the mind due to the ‘frequency-following response’ effect. When an external stimulus with the desired frequency is heard, the corresponding brain-state is induced in the listener. The frequency created with Binaural beats is actually due to a small variation in tone from the left ear, to the right. The mind then attempts to compensate for the minor difference. This causes the ‘frequency-following response’ effect to induce brainwave synchronization, or entrainment.
We recommend against using Chillax whilst driving or operating machinery.
Sound Mixer – Relaxation, just the way you like it
Chillax features a sound mixer, so the individual levels of the music, sounds and binaural beats can be adjusted to suit you. By setting the level at zero, they can even be switched off entirely.
Get the most out of Chillax
Use the sound of the sea to help you drift off to sleep (don;t forget to switch on airplane mode to avoid rude awakenings!)
Leave the music playing while you practice yoga
Use the Pink Noise to help relieve the symptoms of tinnitus
Experiment with the psycho-acoustic effects of the binaural beats as they guide your mind from the waking state to deep theta meditation
Or simply use a mixture of everything to take 5 minutes o ut of your day to de-stress, relax, and unwind.
Great on the new iPad
Chillax works brilliantly on The New iPad with full Retina Display support, as well as the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad 1 and 2. Wherever you are, whenever you need to relax, fire up Chillax and start to unwind.
Chillax is available now for jus $0.99 (69p) on the App Store.
Chillax for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch
10 minutes of Chillax. Pure and simple. Try it on YouTube!
Binaural Beats and Pink Noise. Do they work for you?!
Zenways – the new, free Zen meditation app from Zenways and Wimbledon Sound
Featuring guided meditation from Rinzai Zen master Julian Daizan Skinner, Zenways uses a combination of guided Zen meditation, relaxing sounds of nature and binaural beats to take you onto a journey towards enlightenment via relaxation, calm and inner peace.
Mindfulness of the breath is one of the most powerful meditation practices and involves focusing solely on counting the breath. By doing so, the mind becomes more still as you allow distracting thoughts to arise and pass.
Zenways (Zendo Kyodan) promotes and encourages activities and practices that enhance human wellbeing, balance and awakening (satori or kensho – the enlightenment of Zen) in the many different situations we find ourselves in.
People come to Zen from many directions and from many spiritual and philosophical backgrounds. Zen doesn’t demand your faith or belief, doesn’t want to control you in any way. A true Zen teacher is simply a guide to a realm of human experience that is sublime. A Zen teacher has been there and, if well trained, has many ways to help you go there too.
We grow to adulthood and oftentimes stop, only vaguely realising that there is so much more a human being can become. When you begin to pay attention to your life, you begin again to grow, you become able to truly be of benefit to others and to live an authentic life.
Practice in Zenways works with your body, mind and energy to create greater wellbeing, vitality and awareness, and a deep sense of your connection with all things and your true relationship with the universe.
The Buddhist monk
|Julian Daizan Skinner (Juran Daizan 寿鸞 大山), is a British Rinzai Zen Buddhist Rōshi. He has also received Dharma Transmission in the Sōtō tradition of Zen. Daizan Roshi is the founder of the Zenways Sangha and head abbot of Yugagyo Dojo (Zen Yoga Camberwell) in London, United Kingdom.|
|Binaural beats or binaural tones are auditory processing artifacts, or apparent sounds, the perception of which arises in the brain for specific physical stimuli. This effect was discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, and earned greater public awareness in the late 20th century based on claims that binaural beats could help induce relaxation, meditation, creativity and other desirable mental states. The effect on the brainwaves depends on the difference in frequencies of each tone: for example, if 300 Hz was played in one ear and 310 in the other, then the binaural beat would have a frequency of 10 Hz|
Wimbledon Sound is a studio that creates, records, edits and mixes voice, music and post-production sound for film and tv, online content, digital recordings and apps.
In our new studio in Wimbledon Film and TV Studios we also record voice-to-picture and ADR (automatic dialogue replacement) with recent work including Robert Lindsay’s VO at the start of Series 2 of the Sky 1 series “Spy”.
Finally, we also design and build apps to help promote our services, to help promote others, and sometimes just for fun. They’re all music or sound related – have a look on the App Store for some of our other apps, ranging from tools for dancers (Dencetime Deluxe) to DJ Europe’s amazing Washing Machine app.