Meditate your way to better egg quality with Muse
I have only recently begun to meditate. I have the Muse app and its brain sensing headband to thank for my new healthy habit of daily meditation.
I learned about MUSE though a reproductive endocrinologist who has been using it with is IVF patients and he is finding his IVF success rates are much more than the national average. He believes his clinic has better IVF success rates because he recommends his patients get into good physical and mental health before they start an IVF cycle so the eggs and sperm are in optimal health. His patients are encouraged to receive acupuncture, meditate daily and receive dietary counselling. He thinks the meditation allows women to be in state of relaxation (PNS dominance rather than the fight or flight of SNS) which help improve overall health and egg quality. He is using the Muse app and the brain sensing headband to collect data on his patients so he can collect enough data to confirm his observation that meditation helps increase IVF success rates.
Combining meditation with acupuncture and exercise is an excellent approach to reaching your peak fertility. Acupuncture has been shown to increase the release of feel good endorphins and reduce the effects of stress.
I personally started using Muse daily as of May 15th, 2017. I like this app and brain sensing headband since as it motivates me to meditate several times a day from anywhere from 3 minutes to 20 minutes at a time.
Using EEG technology, Muse measures brain signals and gives users real-time feedback about their brain activity while they meditate. The headband connects via Bluetooth to a companion application that translates data into sound—when the headband detects that your brain is calm, the app plays audio of calm winds; when your brain is active, the the wind becomes more turbulent. An app tracks users’ progress with graphs and charts and suggests ways to improve practice over time.
I think the Acubalance approach of acupuncture, functional medicine, IV nutrient drips, stress reduction tools, diet, lifestyle and low level laser therapy (LLLT/Cold Laser) is a holistic and integrative way to reach your peak fertility potential.
I am looking forward to adding the Muse meditations to my one on one consults when I offer laser acupuncture with Psych K.
I registered with Muse ambassador program so my patients and circle of friends and colleagues can receive 15% off their purchase of Muse. In total transparency they also give Acubalance 10% as part of their ambassador program. I was motivated to save you 15% and it is an added bonus they will read Acubalance for each referral they receive. I was already sharing my Muse excitement before I learned about it anyway.
Muse makes meditation easy
Muse: the brain sensing headband will elevate your meditation experience. It gently guides your meditation through changing sounds of weather based on the real-time state of your brain. This allows you to obtain a deeper sense of focus and motivates you to build a highly rewarding practice. Meditation has been scientifically shown to reduce symptoms associated with stress, depression and anxiety as well as improve focus, performance and quality of life.
Meditation Research News
You may have heard anecdotally that meditation is good for you, but increasingly, studies are showing just how and why it’s so effective for the brain and overall health. From lowering stress and anxiety to boosting your grey matter and control over thoughts and emotions, meditation clearly offers many positive mental health effects. Review some of the recent research and check with your healthcare practitioner to find out if meditation is right for you.
Less stress. A small study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University determined that doing mindfulness meditation for 25 minutes, three days in a row, reduced self-reported psychological stress.
Lower pain. Research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center concluded that over an hour of meditation training lowered pain intensity by 40 percent and pain unpleasantness by 57 percent. As lead researcher Fadel Zeidan says, the study shows real effects of meditation in the brain and offers a way for people to potentially curb pain without medications.
Brain protection. Cerebral grey matter can deteriorate as we age, but a recent UCLA study found that participants who had meditated for an average of 20 years had less grey-matter volume loss than non-meditators.
Fewer wandering thoughts. The default mode network (DMN) is the brain network behind self-referential thoughts and mind-wandering– those chattering background thoughts often correlated with unhappiness. But Yale University researchers determined that mindfulness meditation lowered DMN activity, plus meditators were better able to turn their mental focus away from DMN musings.
More compassion. Many maintain that meditation increases empathy for others, but scientific evidence was scant. In 2013, however, a Harvard University and Northeastern University study found that 50% of study participants who took meditation classes helped someone in a staged scenario, compared to only 15% of participants who didn’t meditate.
Decreased anxiety. Many studies have linked mindfulness meditation to lower anxiety levels. One study in Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, for instance, concluded that mindfulness meditation significantly reduced anxiety, while breathing focused exercises did not.
Improved emotional processing. A study in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, conducted by Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston University and other research centres, found that doing an eight-week meditation training program measurably impacted brain function even when participants weren’t meditating. Brain scans after meditation training showed positive changes in the amygdala, the part of the brain connected with stress response and processing emotion.
The helpful impacts of meditation are easy to grasp, but meditating effectively and regularly can be hard. The brain-sensing Muse headband makes meditation easier by taking out the guesswork. It’s the first tool in the world that can give you accurate, real-time feedback on what’s happening in your brain while you meditate. Plus, it provides motivational challenges and rewards to encourage you to build a regular practice. Buy it now or read on to find out how it works, and what people have to say about it.
I am looking forward to reading the data to be reported from the reproductive endocrinologist who is using Muse meditation and acupuncture to help his patients reach their peak fertility potential before going into an IVF cycle.
If you are an Acubalance patient in Vancouver and you want to try out Muse for the first time then please ask your Acub practitioner. You need to download the free app before you appointment and bring your phone to your treatment.