From the beaches of Portugal, to the Great Ocean Road in south east Australia, experience the beautiful natural environments of the world's most serene locations .
Tune in, and relax wherever you are; Listen to a selection of melodious, ambient music or choose one of our guided meditation voices to accompany the visual and meditative experience.
Immerse yourself in high resolution 360 videos from around the world, with spacial audio – hearing the waves gently lapping on the sea shore and watch the ripples created by a soft breeze.
Yoga Nidra, one of the most popular and effective techniques for providing physical, mental and emotional relaxation, you'll be rested and refreshed in no time.
Watch the ripples created by a soft breeze.
Hear the waves gently lapping on the sea shore.
Select from high quality videos of 12 real-world locations from around the world including beaches, forests, rivers, waterfalls, flower fields, northern lights, underwater and above the clouds.
Let go and relax by taking a guided meditation created by our experienced meditation teachers.
Select from Breath Awareness, or Deep Relaxation (Yoga Nidra) in male or female voices.
Select from 5min, 10min, 15min or 20min lengths.
Listen to melodious, ambient music to accompany the visual and meditative experience.
Select from 10 high quality tracks.
Try our mesmerising our audio visualiser.
Virtual Reality (VR) is not a new technology, and has been around for more than 20 years in academic and military environments. As a result, a significant body of research supporting its high clinical efficacy has developed.
In recent years, VR has been acknowledged in the medical community as a powerful tool for the assessment, study and treatment of a variety of mental health and behavioral issues. These include depression, chronic pain, lazy eye, phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and various type of stress & anxiety.
Controlled studies have shown that VR can evoke the same reactions, thoughts and emotions as experiences in a real-world situation. For example, visiting a beach in VR can make someone feel the same way that they do by visiting a beach in real life.
This effect is due to VR's ability to create a high level of presence or the illusion of “being there”. The more the person feels like they are really there, the closer their reaction to the real world.
This effect allows VR to change a person's mental state quickly and effectively.
Research has already shown the effectiveness of VR in treating stress and anxiety disorders.
A large number of studies have shown that VR-based interventions have greater efficacy and efficiency than traditional relaxation techniques.
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1. Why can't I use phone-based VR like Google Cardboard or Gear VR for my spa?
In a commercial environment, phone-based VR systems pose a number of problems:
• Overheating: Phone based systems overheat after 15-20min of continuous usage. This causes the experience to stutter, degrade in performance, and can lead to user discomfort from the heat itself.
• Low performance: The vast majority of phone-based systems have lower resolution, refresh rate and processing power than standalone headsets. This means users are more likely to experience low quality visuals, performance lag and nausea.
• Hygiene: Most phone based headsets come with soft cushioning which easily absorbs sweat and is hard to wipe down. Phone based headsets have more moving parts and small nooks that make them harder to clean properly.
• Cumbersome: Starting up and shutting down a phone based headset takes more time and is more complicated than a standalone headset. This results in lost time for the customer, and confused employees.
2. Why shouldn't I use an Oculus Go for my spa?
In a commercial environment the Oculus Go poses several problems:
• Hygiene: Oculus Go comes with soft cushioning that easily absorbs sweat, skin debris and dirt and is difficult to wipe down properly.
• Battery Life: The Oculus Go has a 2hr battery life, and requires 3hrs to fully recharge. This can be a problem serving multiple clients on the same day. Our headsets have 50% more battery life than the Oculus Go.
• Low immersion/wired audio: The Oculus Go does not support Bluetooth headphones. This means you either have to use the low-immersion in-built speakers, or use wired headphones. Our package comes with wireless noise cancelling headphones for the easiest, highest quality audio immersion.
• Open store: The Oculus Go can't be locked into a single application and its home screen is the Oculus app store. This means customers can exit the app/experience and get lost in the app store or even download other apps/content.
• Controller: The Oculus Go requires the synchronisation and use of a controller. This adds additional setup time, can confuse new users, and is not necessary for a relaxation experience.
1. Who should use Relax VR?
Relax VR has been designed to help anyone who wants to relax or is experiencing stress or anxiety. It is great for:
-- Anybody unable to access relaxing environments when they want due to time, cost or immobility
-- Anybody travelling - e.g. in cars, trains, buses, aeroplanes
-- Office workers for a quick time-out during the day
-- Hospital patients
-- People in aged care homes
-- Students before taking an exam
-- Actors / presenters before going on stage
2. What do I need to start using Relax VR?
To use Relax VR you need a mobile phone and a compatible virtual reality headset. These include:
* Google Cardboard (including Zeiss VR one, View Master & Noon VR)
* Samsung Gear VR
To use the app, download Relax VR onto your phone via the corresponding app store (i.e. Google Play Store, iOS App Store or Oculus Store) and then use the headset to start your experience.
3. What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra is a systematic method inducing physical, mental and emotional relaxation. It is normally done lying down, but can also be done in a seated position. It consists of numerous stages, and the beginning few - body rotation and breath awareness - are taught in Relax VR. Yoga Nidra was adapted by Swami Satyananda Saraswati from the ancient Indian tantric practice of Nyasa in the 1960's.
4. What's the point of closing my eyes in VR?
Closing your eyes has a significant physiological effect, one of which is a greater relaxation response. We encourage you to close your eyes during meditations once you've seen your surroundings and feel like you really are at the location you've chosen. Combining the sense of presence enabled by VR with the powerful relaxation effects of closed-eye meditations provides the greatest relaxation effect.
5. Why should I use Virtual Reality to relax?
Virtual reality can be used to experience relaxing environments on a more frequent basis. Research has shown that mediated virtual environments are capable of inducing the same emotional feelings and reactions as those expected in the real world, once a sense of presence has been created.
This means that a 360 degree video of a beautiful, peaceful beach will induce the same positive emotions as a real beach. There is also enough scientific evidence now that shows skills learned within a virtual world (e.g. relaxation skills) are easily transferred to the real world.
6. Does VR have scientific support?
For more than 20 years, controlled studies have been conducted to assess the efficacy of Virtual Reality as an intervention tool in mental health. These studies have largely demonstrated the clinical efficacy of VR showing that VR-based interventions have more efficacy and efficiency than most traditional techniques for overcoming stress and anxiety. In particular, the use of VR as a relaxation tool has demonstrated its utility in reducing stress and in cultivating positive emotions in both clinical and non-clinical populations.
7. I'm hearing some noise in the background. What's wrong?
If you are using the Gear VR with Bluetooth headsets and are experiencing issues with sound, we recommend you change your headsets for wired headphones. This is a known issue with Samsung Gear VR.