Because we're hard wired to take more notice of natural sounds (such as water flowing and birdsong) our minds paint vivid pictures with greater realism when we listen to natural soundscapes compared with other sounds. This helps us detach our selves from background noise and 'mind-chatter' giving us space to be calm.
Natural sounds and human voices are far more effective than white noise or music for helping us to prepare for sleep, focus or relax; they're better for reducing tension and changing our mood too.
So that's why we use only calm companion voices, natural rhythms and sounds; our bodies respond, our heart rate and the level of stress hormones reduce, without us even being aware.
Nerves cells in our brain 'fire' in waves at distinct frequencies depending on what we are doing, how stressed we are and our mood. At any time during the day some areas of our brain will be very 'active' (firing more often - at higher frequencies) and others 'calm' (lower frequencies). As relaxation spreads over our body (and mind) more and more nerves tend to fire at lower frequencies. And when we enter deep sleep, our brain waves are at their lowest frequency (Delta), every synapse also fires in synchrony. A vital time for chemical re-balance and recovery.
You can enhance brainwave patterns by using rhythms and beats of the right frequency; listening to 14 - 30 Hz (same frequency as Beta brain waves - more 'active' synapses) tends to wake you up and stimulate, 13 - 19 Hz rhythm (Alpha waves) can help you relax and sharpen your perception, 4 - 8 Hz (Theta) help you relax further, meditate and lower anxiety, 1 - 3 Hz (Delta) enhances deep sleep.
Studies show that the effectiveness of enhancement is different for everyone so for each journey and soundscape we offer, you can choose the intensity of the enhancing rhythm that works best for you.
You can experience binaural rhythms using blossom app (and Flo) with head phones (or monaurally using Flo's in-built speaker). It's easy to test out which type of enhancement works best for you.
Wave patterns that reflect our state of mind, nuerone activity and relaxation.
Blossom's app (and flo) play tones offset by a frequency known to enhance specific brain rhythms e.g. Delta for deep sleep. You can listen to these 'binaurally' as a perceived rhythm; your mind 'creates' the effect as it processes sound. The rhythm is the difference between the tones played in each ear and you can only truly experience the effect through headphones.
We use these too. If frequencies join together they create a rhythm - this is a 'real' sound you can hear with or without headphones, mono or stereo.
The amount of noise around us has increased dramatically and sometimes it's difficult to find sanctuary for sleep, relaxation, meditation and focus, especially in the city.
Noises with higher pitch or frequency are pretty well blocked out by windows, walls and doors, and even if they get through noise cancellation headphones and buds work well. But for lower frequencies (the base beat 'next door', drone and hum of aircraft, industry and trucks) cancellation doesn't work very well. And due to the shape and size of our rooms noise builds up forming a standing wave or hotspot of intense sound; often near walls, where most of us have our head boards.
This is wy we are building flo. It has an built-in (patented) low frequency city noise sensor that dynamically changes the structure and composition of soundscapes and rhythms, to best mask the effects; it's the base tones that can disturb us most.
flo is designed to help reduce the effects of noise in the city while you drift into sleep, wake up or need a peaceful refuge during your day.
A significant part of city noise is from heavy traffic, planes, trains and industry. It's made up of low tones that pass through walls more easily than other higher frequency sounds. Often creating a low level, persistent disturbing hum.
Flo picks up the low frequency city noise that can form hot-spots and dynamically adapts the soundscapes it plays. With Flo by your bedside, listening to soundscapes with city noise masking can help you drift into sleep more easily.
The power of mindfulness, a core component of yoga and Tai Chi Chuan, has only recently been fully embraced by clinical science. Mindfulness uses the rhythm and sensation of breathing as an anchor, to bring our mind and awareness into the present; setting aside thoughts of the past or imagined future, which are often a source of anxiety, stress and pain.
Studies show that accepting and embracing the present; its sounds, smells and sensations, brings us into a deeply relaxed and focussed state of wellbeing. But it gets better... the more you do it, the more effective it becomes. Mindfulness changes the physiology of your brain.
Every journey developed by blossom begins with focussed breathing so that you are ready to be guided through a visualisation and natural soundscape.
Using Flo you can ditch your phone too! No more distractions while you relax.
Simple 15 minute breathing and meditation exercise each day changes the structure of your brain; reducing the amount of grey matter in the amygdala (the 'stress centre' of your brain - shown in orange) and increasing the size of your hippocampus and cerebellum (where your empathy, sense of self, emotional HQ, and memory lie - shown in green). How amazing you are!
The intensity and colour of light effects our sleep, well being, mood, memory and performance; dim light and (best of all) dark is conducive for sleep and brighter light wakes us up and keeps us focussed. That's one reason why using our phones or tablets near to bedtime can make us feel less tired (on top of the emails, messages and content that stimulates our minds too).
Colour of light can induce feelings; in a wakened state red and yellow arouse our senses and imagination whereas green and blue are calming. But when it comes to our circadian rhythm blue light (the sort that is emitted by tablets, screens, LEDs and phones) supresses melatonin over twice as much as green or red light, delaying sleep.
We've synchronised the light emissions from Flo's soft LEDs with your circadian rhythm, customisable and controllable; each journey and soundscape for sleep and wake up has it's own lightscape. You can choose to follow breathing pulses and soft glows to enhance natural visualisations helping you to drift to sleep, wake or follow life meditations.
Let's try and leave our phones and tablets for a while - Flo can help.
The circadian rhythm. It's controlled by our own master clock, the suprachiasmatic nucleus, "hot-linked" to the retina of our eyes; the brighter the light the greater the pull towards wake-up (e.g. release of adrenaline and cortisol) the darker, the greater the pull towards sleep (release of melatonin), no matter the time of day.
Aromatherapy has been used for mental, spiritual and physical healing since the beginning of recorded history; only over the last few decades has science 'caught-up' with studies proving that our mood, anxiety, pain, social behaviour and of course sleepiness is affected by the smells around us.
Most effective are natural oils, extracted from plants and their flowers, then concentrated.
Flo has a screen of Nepalese paper infused with essential oils. Gentle heat helps diffuse a subtle relaxing aroma; ethically sourced lavender or camomile grown with least environmental impact.
Lavender and camomile not only relax your mind, enhancing both Delta and Theta waves (as seen in EEG studies), but also reduce anxiety, lower heart rate and blood pressure too. Lavender helps you reach a deeper sleep that helps your body and mind better recover. And when you wake you feel more invigorated and less sleepy ready for your next new day.
Your mindful companion mango is entirely new natural 'tech free' tech, that sits by your bedside, reducing the effects of city noise, creating natural sound, soft lightscapes and diffused fragrance. Drift to sleep and wake-up invigorated in peaceful and mindful space.
We design technology with real purpose and long-term value, based on proven science.
We build with least environmental impact, believing in a responsibility of care for us and our children.
We believe that happiness and contentment make us more creative, productive and fulfilled.