The first detectable signs of stress occur in the body such as increased heart rate, blood pressure, sweat, and rapid, shallow breathing. We are usually unaware of this response in our bodies until we feel “stressed out” or anxious. The body’s response is one of the earliest warning signs so that we can adjust quickly to our environment. This is called homeostasis – our body’s strategy for maintaining balance no matter what goes on around us. Research shows that specific breath rates and heart rates, achieved during deep breathing, yoga, meditation, and biofeedback, can improve subjective feelings of calm as well as adaptation to stress (resilience) and performance.
Apollo software can identify your body’s responses to different vibrations and the environment. The more you use Apollo, the better it gets to know the way you prefer to be when you’re at your best. If stress at work or home compromises your performance, you can set Apollo to automatically turn on to bring you to your flow state in those places or at those times. Apollo can also be set to learn your body’s signs of stress as they change over time to help you be in the zone, wherever you go.
Heart Rate Variability (HRV), a measure of the changes in heart rate over time, is a measure of the body’s autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity, which includes the parasympathetic (relaxation, digestion, reproduction, sleep, creativity, as measured by high HRV, low respiratory rate, and low heart rate) and the sympathetic (‘fight or flight’ stress response system as measured by low heart rate variability, high heart and respiratory rates, and high blood pressure) systems. These nervous systems operate together continuously in the background to maintain balance in the body and mind. When we encounter stress in our environment, our heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure should increase to allow us to more effectively eliminate threat. Similarly, when we are calm and not in the presence of danger, our heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure should decrease reflecting safety. This is the body’s way of maintaining balance between thriving and surviving over time. In those who experience routine stress, the nervous system becomes unbalanced to favor sympathetic activity resulting in high heart rate, high respiratory rate, high blood pressure, and low HRV. Low HRV is associated with impaired physical and emotional functioning, poorer physical fitness, physical/mental illness, and a greater risk of death when physically compromised. High HRV is associated with improved focus, calm, performance (athletic and otherwise), breathing, pain tolerance, blood pressure, and resilience.
In a University of Pittsburgh study of Apollo (Siegle and Rabin et al, Submitted for peer review) we showed that Apollo reliably reduce users’ subjective stress and the body’s stress response (as measured by increased Heart Rate Variability) in real time. Participants took a stressful computer math task given to astronauts to test their tolerance of extremely high levels of stress and frustration before they are launched into space together. Apollo improved users’ performance up to 25%. These findings suggest that Apollo improves performance in this way by facilitating access to ‘Flow’ states – the optimal state of simultaneous peak performance and calm.
Our results from real-world case studies on dozens of individuals (Rabin, Gao, and Siegle, in preparation) are consistent with these findings and suggest that Apollo may be a powerful tool for augmenting meditative states, sensory experiences, emotional intelligence, and perception. Our results also suggest promising healthcare applications for Apollo.
Extensive studies of numerous forms of vibration demonstrate no significant adverse reactions from routine use.
Vibration at Apollo's decibel levels have been found to pose no significant risk of harm.
You can use Apollo as long as you like. The more you Apollo, the better Apollo gets to know the way you prefer to be when you’re at your best. Initial evidence suggests that the effects of Apollo typically last for 30-120 minutes following use.
No, it's actually the opposite. With Apollo, practice makes perfect. Apollo helps the body access natural states of balance just like deep breathing, meditation and yoga. Similar to these natural techniques for improving nervous system balance, the more you use Apollo to improve your connection to your body, the more balanced your mind and body will become. Routine use of Apollo also increases the body's sensitivity to Apollo. The more you use Apollo, the less you need to Apollo to feel the effects.
Apollo is patent pending.
Apollo Waves are transmitted to the body through paired hardware devices. Beta testers will get access to Apollo-paired hardware devices.
We are always looking for ways to expand and extend the possibilities of Apollo and the use of machine learning Some of our research interests include human productivity, learning, resilience, recovery, and performance, as well as healthcare, virtual reality, and entertainment applications. For more information, please email our research team at Research@apolloneuro.com. We'd love to connect with you!
Apollo has many applications for both hardware and software.
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Apollo is a wellness product not intended to treat psychiatric disorders such as, but not limited to, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder. Apollo is not a substitute for professional medical care.