So this is a review of the ReLax Kit by OP Innovations, which (fear not), looks nothing like the photo above.
The ReLax Kit costs less than $50, and promises to monitor your brainwaves, posture, and muscle tension using advanced bio-signal tracking. Or, if you want to get fancier, the controller plugs into a PC to show you your actual brainwaves and muscle tension in real time on your screen. I've actually checked out brainwave biofeedback before, because I've always been kind of a nutball curious, but home kits are insanely expensive and look terribly cumbersome and complicated to use.
On the other hand, this is a new product and there were enough glitches and difficulties that folks who want something really simple and trouble-free may want to wait until OP irons out a few of the user interface and reliability issues. There's a brochure, an elastic headband, a bio sensor, a controller thing with flashing lights, a small metal carrying case that I forgot to put in the picture, and a usb cable. The elastic band seemed so flimsy as to be a joke, but then, it actually worked fine to secure the monitor to my forehead and was comfortable.
However, on the first unit I got, the headband clips did not secure the unit to the headband properly and it kept popping off which was cause for much exasperation and cursing. The brochure was helpful and has some interesting information, but it's pretty short and doesn't contain nearly enough information for technologically-challenged users like me. There are some additional instructional videos on YouTube as well, featuring an endearing and adorable dude who is so psyched about the technology he seems to have forgotten how to shave. But it's not the future yet, and I had to supplement the brochure and videos with several emails to the kind and patient PR agent when I still couldn't figure things out.
I have no idea how customer service would handle this were I not working through a responsive and dedicated PR agent as it is a small company based in Taiwan.
Especially since, for example, the first unit died not long after I got it and I needed a replacement. If you decide to wear it as a fashion accessory, you may want to start off with geek gatherings or social occasions that fall on October 31.
The simplest way to use it is to charge up the unit, put on the headband and then watch to see what color lights are flashing at you on the controller. There is a certain amount of variation in the lights even when you feel like you're basically in a steady state, so it's seems best to just notice the overall color trends.
But the really cool part comes when you download the app and start watching your emg and brain waves on your computer. You can set the difficulty level and train yourself to get better and better relaxation scores at higher and higher degrees of sensitivity.
As to brainwaves, theoretically, you can even learn to pick out alpha, beta, delta, gamma and theta waves, which I was excited about. But I was too much of a moron to read the spectrographs properly and haven't hung with it long enough and pored through enough data to quite get the sense of the whole alpha, theta etc thing. On the other hand, it worked really well to track at a basic level whether there was lots of "thinky" activity versus "relaxy" or meditative activity. And here is where I was listening to a Sounds True interview featuring Rick Hanson and Tami Simon.
Notice how the thinky activity has a lot more going on at the top than the meditation music? Or heck, it could just be that I was excited, being such a huge fan of Rick Hanson's that I stalk him all over the web, and due to the fact that Tami Simon (besides being all brainy like Rick), has such a sexy voice I could listen to her reading the user manual for my dishwasher in Farsi and I'd still be pretty darn attentive. Anyway, I think the differences suggest this little gizmo does seem to be able to read my mind! Would you folks want to peek inside your skull or train yourself to relax your muscles using biofeedback or does this all sound like crazy-talk? With Instructables you can share what you make with the world, and tap into an ever-growing community of creative experts. This is another Mind Flex hack, like mbmosher's Mindflex-Duel-Bluetooth-Arduino-FIO-Hack, but includes a few additional features. This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. If you found the information here helpful, please consider supporting this site.If you found the information here helpful, please consider supporting this site. EEG biofeedback and hemoencephalography biofeedback were combined with thermal hand warming biofeedback to treat migraineurs. 37 migraine patients underwent an average of 40 neurofeedback sessions combined with thermal biofeedback.
The patients were interviewed after an average of 14.5 months after treatment to record the duration of treatment effects.
The authors concluded that combined neuro and biofeedback reduced the frequency of migraines in patients taking medication compared with taking medications alone.


Mind WorkStation is an all-in-one toolset for professional brainwave entrainment development, therapy and research. This is the software used to create most of the world’s brainwave entrainment CDs, MP3s and mental health systems. Mind WorkStation is compatible with many popular biofeedback devices and software packages.
Mind WorkStation incorporates some exciting new content types, such as the Ambience Generator, which arranges thousands of small audio samples to produce an original ambient environment, such as a forest, a beach, crystal bowls or wind chimes. While Mind WorkStation is easily the most powerful application ever developed for brainwave entrainment, the intuitive interface makes it very simple to perform a variety of common tasks.
Mind WorkStation provides an unmatched feature set for brainwave entrainment use and development.
Supporting both light and sound stimulation with a virtually unlimited frequency range, Mind WorkStation makes all functions of brainwave entrainment possible – from alpha and theta relaxation to beta concentration and delta sleep, to more unconventional frequency ranges such as ultra-high gamma or extremely slow delta. New, patented sound filtering techniques allow sound files to be embedded with brainwave entrainment without distorting the music or other audio. For more information on the methods used to achieve brainwave stimulation, visit the entrainment methods section. The possibilities are limitless because of the flexibility in the design of Mind WorkStation. As with biofeedback, Mind WorkStation can also be used as an advanced feedback mechanism for neurofeedback by affecting on-screen visualizations or the audio. Mind WorkStation is an ideal research tool, providing a host of useful features along with an unsurpassed level of flexibility.
Mind WorkStation includes all the tools you need to help clients deal with stress, anxieties, achieve altered states of consciousness, meditation or to increase attention and motivation using brainwave entrainment. A wide range of sessions are included, with protocols based on the methods used in clinical studies for everything from stress to learning disabilities. A unique aspect of Mind WorkStation is the concept of an interactive session between the therapist and the client.
Brainwave entrainment can be a very useful aide in hypnotherapy, making it easier for clients to enter the ideal receptive state, or enabling work with clients who would normally be unable to enter a receptive state at all.
The multi-track interface of Mind WorkStation makes it very easy to arrange even the most complex hypnosis sessions, and integrate brainwave entrainment or even biofeedback into the mix.
Hypnotherapists will find great use with the microphone recording capabilities and advanced sound effects of Mind WorkStation, such as echo and reverberation.
Sessions can easily be exported to MP3, WAV and other formats, giving the client a personalized, take-home solution.
Includes everything in the regular version, with additional tools for professional users, such as advanced engine features, graphing capabilities, additional presets, professional templates and sessions. Click here for a full version comparison. Brainwaves represent electrical activity in the brain, and brainwave entrainment is a method of stimulating this activity using patterns of sound or light.
Electroencephalography, or EEG, is the measurement of electrical activity in the brain using electrodes placed on the scalp. Engines are mini-programs used to exert an advanced level of control over content or brainwave frequencies. The Ambience Generator arranges thousands of small audio samples to produce a unique ambient environment, such as a forest, a beach, crystal bowls or wind chimes. The Professional and Enterprise versions include a graphing tool used to chart session data or information coming from biofeedback devices. The Professional and Enterprise versions include many important engine enhancements, such as action timeframes, advanced randomization options, formula functions and advanced random update options. The Professional and Enterprise versions allow the use of functions in the creation of expressions. The Professional and Enterprise versions include engine status windows, which will pop up on session play and give you a readout of the input and output of the session.
The Enterprise version includes a tool designed to be used by therapists to modify a session in response to the client’s reactions in real-time. The Enterprise version has the ability to write to an MP3, WAV or OGG file while the session is playing. The advanced support level includes priority support and, if necessary, connecting remotely to the customer’s machine in order to fix any problems. All sessions include a description of the research on which they are based, and instructions on how the session should be used. EEG Pack – Includes everything needed to use the EEG sessions described above, or to create your own sessions based on the same screens. Physiology Pack – Includes everything needed to use the physiology sessions described above, or to create your own sessions based on the same screens. There are quite a few ways to mess up charging and using the unit and downloading and using the app, and believe me, I messed up in all the ways possible.


The system is built off a Bluetooth Bee-Standalone Arduino mini, includes a pre amped PulseSensor, compass and accelerometer unit, and outputs for a visual brainwave machine. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Hemoencephalography training feeds back changes in the brain’s energy consumption (which is related to blood flow, oxygen, nutrient, glucose supply). You can link up to these devices and use them to control entrainment frequencies, to graph their data along with a session, or even to control on-screen visualizations as a form of biofeedback game.
The best part about this type of content is that it is different every time you use it!Playlists, tone chords, on-screen visualizations and many other unique content types are supported.
In fact the program does much of the work for you.The interface is specifically designed for brainwave entrainment and therapy. Apply towards human enhancement, evoked potential, event-related potential to induced activity and ongoing brain activity. It does this by selectively embedding the entrainment into specific frequency bands, leaving the rest of the audio alone. Home users will be able to take greater advantage of their biofeedback system by allowing Mind WorkStation to communicate with the hardware. For example, a popular method for GSR is to use the carrier (pitch) of a binaural or isochronic beat as the feedback for the GSR device! This is commonly called EEG-Driven Stimulation, and it is an exciting and promising use of this technology.
The 3D Graphing capabilities allow you to chart any part of the session, including data received from biofeedback engines.
Many therapists, clinicians and researchers are exploring the benefits of real-time client-therapist interaction during brainwave entrainment sessions. Using 3D positioning features, the voice could be set to move around the listener on custom three dimensional paths. All playback will be included in the resulting sound file, including content that is controlled by EEG devices or the control console.
Or, on the other hand, given the weird content of my brain, perhaps I am better off just knowing when I'm being generally thinky or not. The objective is to boost blood flow activity to the brain to improve mental and emotional functioning. Everything from Isochronic tones and binaural beats, to sound filtering, AudioStrobe, and on-screen visualizations. All the features commonly needed to create sessions are at your fingertips, with additional enhancements that adapt to your working style. Filters such as band-pass and low-pass are implemented, along with a wide variety of modulation types such as auto-panning. For example, it can provide advanced feedback mechanisms such as affecting the on-screen visualization in a form of biofeedback game. In this way, you are getting the best of both worlds using the same stimulus – relaxing brainwave entrainment, and biofeedback.
Using the client’s feedback to find a suitable brainwave frequency has been shown to be particularly effective when dealing with chronic pain and headaches, and further evidence is suggesting it can be a valuable technique for nearly all session types. This feature gives you the ability to save a session that is unique to a specific client, either for your own reference or as an aide for the client to use at home. Complex filtering methods allow you to use any audio source as the carrier for brainwave entrainment. All of these effects will add to the professionalism of the session and to the psychological effect it has on the client.Most importantly, these effects are specially designed to be used with brainwave entrainment. Complex sound filtering allows you to use sound files or even entire playlists as the carrier for brainwave entrainment. A logging window keeps a detailed log of the events of the session, including a timestamp for each message.
And, with the new frequency band selector features, it can do this without distorting music. Sound effects in other programs can often act to degrade the effectiveness of brainwave entrainment. In Mind WorkStation, everything has been meticulously designed to ensure that sound and visual effects will promote brainwave entrainment, not impede it. Currently the hardware and software for the head gear is complete, while the software on the PC side is still being developed.



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