Therapy

Sounds

Many of us have experienced the devastating effect of noise on our mental capacities as well as on our physical health. However, it has been known and studied for centuries, that music and special sounds have healing properties. It has been to no surprise to see recent research confirming the effect of these sounds on our heart and brain functions.

SATHeart is making use of these very potent therapeutic effects of sounds, especially designed from natural sounds. SATHeart has teamed up with the best sound engineer to generate infinite variety of sounds that user can use both for therapeutic effects as well as for relaxing.

As SATHeart device is measuring health parameters, they are in turn used for controlling a sound generator that is equalising the heart and brain systems and their connections [1-9].

Active Heartful Breathing

Breathing as an active ingredient in soft therapeutic approaches is nowadays used both in clinical settings and in private psychological practice. However, active breathing is not as an easy task to do as it seems and many people trying to use these techniques quickly abandon this modality.

SATHeart has teamed with the sound engineer to develop a unique way for people to finally use these techniques in the most efficient way, and even almost effortlessly. As with the sound therapy, health parameters are used to drive the breathing engine and gently audio-guide the person’s breathing toward a more deep and slow rhythm which is known to be rejuvenating as well as therapeutic. The special sounds that we use also engage the person towards positive or neutral emotions which further enhance the effect of this method. This active breathing therapy involved both aspects of body, nervous system and the mind, which makes it a very engaging and integrative approach.

It has been shown in many studies that active breathing is an effective tool for treating chronic diseases and reduces psychosocial stress. In particular for improving medical treatment of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, chronic respiratory disease, anxiety and traumatic disorders. Short periods of active breathing have carry on effect and are thus beneficial to improve the long term condition of the user [10-20]. Among the non-pharmacological treatment, active breathing is certainly one of the most efficient approach.

SATHeart Team

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