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StressEraser Portable Biofeedback Device

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About the Product
  • StressEraser Breathwave shows impact of breathing on heart rate
  • Daily Points help you establish performance benchmarks
  • Timer allows you to set session limits
  • Sound option enables you to use with eyes closed
  • Screen light enables you to use the StressEraser in the dark

Product Description

Product Description

Portable biofeedback device for relaxation training, activates the body's natural relaxation response by synchronizing breathing with heart rate.

The StressEraser is an award-winning, FDA-regulated, portable biofeedback device that helps you learn to activate your body's natural relaxation response in minutes &mdash without the use of medication.

Is there stress in your life? Now more than ever, you need the StressEraser®

The premise behind StressEraser stress relief is simple and has been used in practice by physicians, psychologists and meditation experts for more than three decades. This state-of-the art medical technology fits in your pocket and is drug-free and non-invasive. It uses a finger sensor to convert your pulse into a wave form. This wave guides you to synchronize your breathing with your heart rate cycle.

We all know that slowing down your breathing can slow down your heart rate and help you relax. The StressEraser cues you to not only slow your breathing but, just as importantly, to synchronize your inhales and exhales with the natural cycle of your heart rate.

Using an infrared sensor, the StressEraser measures HRV from the pulse in your fingertip and displays it as a wave.

Bad Waves. When you're stressed, your wave is jagged and spiky.

Good Waves. When you're relaxed, your wave becomes smooth and consistent, like a sine wave.
How It Works
From beat to beat, your heart rate naturally increases and decreases in a cycle, known as HRV, or Heart Rate Variability. Using an infrared sensor, the StressEraser measures HRV from the pulse in your fingertip and displays it as a wave. HRV is considered to be the most accurate, non-invasive measurement of your nervous system activity. HRV biofeedback is clinically proven over decades of peer-reviewed research to promote stress relief and relaxation training.

The wave is like a window into your nervous system. When you're stressed, your wave is jagged and spiky; when you're relaxed, your wave becomes smooth and consistent, like a sine wave.

How You Use It
The StressEraser uses simple biofeedback symbols &mdash squares and triangles &mdash to cue your breathing. Triangles indicate the "peak" of the wave &mdash that is, the fastest point of your heart rate in your HRV cycle. Squares provide a scoring system for your waves, so you know when you are focused and breathing properly.

Your goal is to time your inhale/exhale rate so that you begin your exhale at the moment that the triangle appears at the wave peak. It may take several triangles for you to completely sync up, so be patient. There's no hurry! Remember your goal is to relax.

Studies show that HRV biofeedback shows more benefits over time. After a few days and weeks, you'll be able to relax in just minutes. The more you use it, the better you'll feel!

What's in the Box
StressEraser personal biofeedback device, Owner's Manual, Quick-Start card, Warranty registration card, two AAA batteries, protective case

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 0.7 x 2.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B001B8PIIE
  • UPC: 892596001161 189771000010
  • Item model number: SE-1
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,276 in Health & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health & Personal Care)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Customer Reviews

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320 of 325 people found the following review helpful By Russell Christopher on March 26, 2007
I have a long time, twice-a-day meditation practice which includes breathing techniques, but was curious about this device anyway. So, I bought it on impulse. It is impressive, but simple and easy to use. I'd recommend it to anyone who doesn't have some sort of regular (2-3 times daily) stress-relief practice in place. It's function is simple - you simply breath in, then exhale when the device prompts you to. The tool sort of "teaches" you how to breath based on feedback on the screen, and as you learn to focus on the breath...poof, you stop worrying about other stuff.

After you learn the "how to" part and get regular with your breathing sessions, the additional personal benefit may be more limited. Since I'm already very familiar with using the breath to center myself, this item could become a glorified "breath counter": The ancillary good stuff is that it records a history of how many sessions of breathing I've done and details about same, and the device will always give me feedback on my current state of mind (am I taking slow, well spaced breaths or short jerky ones, etc.)...I'm just not sure that those functions are quite worth the asking price.

Back to YOU, however. I'd absolutely recommend this device for anyone who doesn't do meditation and/or Pranayama regularly. For those folk who want a scientific approach to stress relief and might feel uncomfortable with the spirtual trappings of Yoga / meditation / etc, this thing is also perfect.

The device itself is very solid feeling, and I'm sure would survive multiple..."drop tests" (although I haven't been clumsy enough to try it yet!). You'll also be able to get started with it very quickly without spending tons of time with the instructions.
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224 of 230 people found the following review helpful By AG Bell on March 26, 2008
I bought this thing because I was curious about it, thought I'd try it out and intended on sending it back once I convinced myself that it was a glorified breathing machine. Well, the thing works for me so I won't be sending it back.
You can read about the theory behind it at their website, but basically it measures your heart rate variability which in turn is supposed to reflect your emotional state. The device prompts you to breath out at a certain time to bring your HRV to an optimum level, which it measures by giving you a rating of 1-3 cubes at the bottom of the screen, 1 being bad and 3 being good.
The first thing that I wanted to know was whether it accurately reflected my mental state, which I doubted it would. So I've tried thinking about something stressful at random times during periods when I was otherwise relaxed (3 cubes) and it gives me 1 cube pretty much every time. 1 cube definitely feels worse than 3 cubes. I've repeated this many times over and I don't doubt now that it can tell if I've gone from a relaxing state of mind to a stressful one. I can also tell now, based on how I feel, when I will get 1 cube vs. 3. This has turned out to be useful information because I can make myself feel relaxed without having to use the device, so I think the biofeedback component is really useful - it has helped me train myself to relax. It's a bit like a relaxation coach. I still can't get as relaxed on my own as I can using it, but maybe in time I'll be able to.
The next thing I was interested in is whether this thing is any better than just sitting there and breathing calmly.
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144 of 151 people found the following review helpful By SanDiegoDude on June 25, 2007
This might seem to be a gimmick along the lines of the thigh-master or the ronco fish-a-matic.

Surprisingly, it works fabulously - I started using it when I had a couple of business deals that were having problems out of my control. I found myself relaxed and able to make decisions and able to let go of the things out of my control, and able to enjoy my time when I wasn't working w/o worrying about the deals. I was able to compartamentalize things much better than in the past.

I think this device can be called "mediation reminder for non-new-age types." By having the box, which is about the size of a deck of cards, sitting on my desk, I remember to use it, whereas I've never been able to remember to meditate, despite all the positive press about it. I also like that the product literature describes the process as activing your parasympathetic nervous system (which you can confirm actually does exist) rather than painting it as some sort of spiritual journey. I wish this device had existed when I was in grad school.

The benefits of meditation have been scientifically proven, but too often the messengers are the crystal channeling/aromatherapy/past lives types, who while usually sweet people, aren't as believable as say an article in a medical journal. This device is for those who want the physical effects w/o the new-agey story attached. Try it.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Giuseppe C. HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 26, 2010
Shallow breathing=no good; deep breathing=therapeutic, healing, calming, energizing. So why not get a gadget to help with the motivation? But which of the two main contenders?

1. Cosmetics: The StressEraser has a far lower profile. It may be the larger of the 2 units, but its boxy, traditional look is less attention-getting. And the wavy read-outs are exclusively black and white. The emWave, on the other hand, might be mistaken by someone in your vicinity as the latest kind of high-tech video game. And the loud visuals seem antithetical to the sought-after "mellowing-out" effect.

2. Build quality: The problem may be my cold hands, but the StressEraser is far more likely to fail on me that the EmWave. There are times the former machine simply refuses to pick up the wave patterns that the user must be able to read while breathing. The device also loses, and in within a mere several weeks, any of my settings (time, month, year, hours of usage). In fact, it "feels" a bit like it's built on the cheap. The EmWave, on the other hand, is more of a high-tech, "well-finished" toy that seems made to go the distance. It's never balked on me, and a single charge will provide extended use from the device.

3. Effectiveness: Although the emWave seems more 21st century, I think I prefer the admittedly more temperamental and erratic StressEraser. The flashing bright lights of the emWave can be distracting to a neighbor or perhaps even the user--moreover, their brightness tends to cancel out the desired, relaxing effect.
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