How to Breathe Sync? [in beta]
If you are early beta tester of Breathe Sync™, welcome! This post will hopefully serve a quick ‘Quick Start’ guide.
1, There are only 2 settings. i) Your age. ii) Your preferred session length - 1 min is good for a quick WQ™ score (more on this later) and 2-3 mins is ideal for a short session. (Simon, co-founder & I do 3 mins, 3 times a day.)
2, There is a knack in placing your finger correctly over the camera lens to pick up your pulse. It helps if your hands are warm. It’s good to use you left index finger (the pulse is stronger here) and hold it at a lower level than your heart - on your lap is ideal. You want to press lightly and hold it in the same place for the duration of the session. The little white heart on screen will beat with your heart to show you that it’s working! The sync icon in the centre of the screen lets you know its working out how to sync your breathing with your heart.
3, You can use Breathe Sync™ in a number of ways. With headphones on or through the iPhone speakers watching the screen or just listening to the sound. The speaker icon on screen is a simple way to mute the sound if you’re embarrassed using it in public. Simon likes just listening to the sound with his eyes closed in bed before sleeping. Jason Rebello, world-renowned jazz pianist created the breathing sounds for us.
4, Follow the blue circles on screen with your breathing. As the circles expand out you breathe in. As the circles contract you breathe out. Simple.
5, The WQ™ score can be thought of as a wellbeing quotient, and is based on an analysis of your heart and your breathing. Like IQ gauges a certain kind of intelligence, WQ™ gives you a guide to your inner wellbeing. I won’t get into a technical conversation here but all you need to know is 100 is average for your age, and the more relaxed you become, the higher your WQ™.
6, It is normal for your WQ™ to vary throughout the day. The progress tracking screen also gives you a baseline which will show you the trends by week and month. If your WQ™ is high you should feel ready to take on anything. If it’s low you probably want to take it easy.
7, The ‘Last 7 Days’ circle on the progress screen shows you at a glance how frequently you are using Breathe Sync™. We want you to get in the habit of using it everyday because it’s good for you. The darker the shade of blue the more times you used it that day.
8, Clicking on the little WQ™ circle will take you back from the progress screen to the individual WQ™ scores. Here you can delete ones you don’t like or ones that were done by friends. If you’re really proud you can share it on Twitter or Facebook by clicking on the share icon top right. Don’t forget to mention it’s in beta though.
Guess that’s about it for now.
Happy Breathe Syncing.