What’s right about the newly emerging wellness technique is that it’s full of devices, apps, and tools that put new intelligence behind your health goals. These devices are not intended to completely replace other well-being habits – but they can help you hone your skills and achieve a higher return on the time you invest.
FOR THE MIND
TRAIN OF THOUGHTS
Regular exercise with FocusCalm can help you train your brain towards mental focus and a calm mind. Put on a headband, a wearable electroencephalogram (EEG) that measures electrical activity in the brain, and connect it via Bluetooth to the FocusCalm app. Through the app you play brain games and relax with guided meditations. All parts of the FocusCalm system work together to provide you with neurofeedback: a result that represents your brain activity during these exercises. This neurofeedback helps you identify which practices best guide you to focused and calm states. With time and consistent practice, it is a serious step towards mental self-regulation.
A basic meditation trainer is good for someone who is sober and for those who have a long practice. This simple technical piece helps you guide and deepen your meditation session. You choose from an exercise library on the appropriate app, hold Core in your hands and just follow. Core guides you with gentle vibrations and simple sound instructions. A built-in ECG monitors your heart rate and heart rate variability to show you how your body responds to each session.
FOR THE BODY
Smoother and more compact than most wearable health tracking devices, the Oura Ring also measures more than your average pedometer. You can wear the ring on any finger and it takes data on your body’s natural signals – like heart rate, heart rate variability and body temperature. Fill clear and useful insights through the Oura app, where you will find cumulative results for sleep, readiness and activity. Oura also helps you learn your body’s individual needs so that you can set goals that are appropriate and achievable for you. (Ten thousand steps a day doesn’t suit everyone.) And an in-app mindfulness program called Moment helps you monitor your precise heart rate during guided and unguided meditation sessions. For a perfect fit, get one sizing kit first.
The first thing you need to know about the HigherDOSE V3 Infrared Sauna Cover is that it’s a sauna at home, but instead of being a hot room, it looks like a giant heating pad that folds around your body. The second is that it is probably the easiest and most affordable way to experience an infrared connection. Just place it on a bed or couch, pre-heat the blanket, wrap it like a burrito and let the power of infrared air – as well as the inner layers of tourmaline, amethyst and charcoal – do its magic. Emerge half an hour later feeling great, relaxed and satisfactorily sweaty.
The latest model of Therabody’s professional percussion massager, Theragun Pro, is a step up from what you’ve used. It has all the standard features of a Therabody massager, such as an ergonomic body that you can grab from all angles, a swivel head, six accessories for different parts of the body, long battery life and durable mechanics that will last a good future. What’s new: The Pro is quieter than previous models. It’s easier to adjust than ever, with a small screen on the body that displays the current speed and a responsive power meter. When you pair your device with the app, it can guide you through predefined routines – which is useful if you’re just here, just like those who use shock massagers forever.
FOR BETTER FLOOR AND SEX CARE
vFit fits into the vagina and vibrates. Powerful. But it is much more than a vibrator. The theory behind vFit is something called multimodal vaginal toning. That is: a combination of light, heat and vibration intended to stimulate cells and strengthen circulation. Mild heat boosts blood flow (biologically, it makes perfect sense), and red light is used to boost cell metabolism. The goal is to promote healthy cells and tissues. In preliminary clinical trials, using vFita for only ten minutes every other day resulted in better bladder control and improved pelvic muscle strength. It’s easy to integrate into your routine – it only takes ten minutes three or four times a week.
Elvie is a small, smooth, waterproof pod that you insert just like a tampon. Via Bluetooth, the pod connects to the Elvie app that tracks your progress through five-minute smoke-shaped pelvic floor exercises. If you’ve ever been interested in strengthening your pelvic floor but weren’t sure how to do it consistently, this makes it pretty simple. (Comes with a sleek, portable case that you can take anywhere.)
A GENIUS BLOW
Made to mimic touch, Onda is the perfect companion for exploring internal stimulation. What sets this toy apart from the rest is what it makes come here movement like a finger against the wall of the vagina. See that subtle bump along its length? When you turn on Onda, that bump lifts and moves back and forth under the soft silicone surface. You can choose between four positions – including long and short strokes – and ten walking speeds. It also has an option to add vibrations: Then it vibrates at ten speeds which are excellent in themselves, or you can combine any of them with a template procedure for the best of both worlds.
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