Controlling and reducing stress levels is a universal challenge, as timeless as the human experience itself. This is not to say the fight is hopeless – quite the contrary! Today, we’re lucky to stand on the shoulders of giants and have thousands of years' worth of knowledge to guide us in this pursuit. And yet, the journey towards stress reduction remains deeply personal and unique to each of us. 

A quest to beat stress

From ancient meditative practices to cutting-edge scientific advancements – when it comes to battling stress, you are not alone in this quest. If you seek immediate release from stress and anxiety, then a holistic approach is your best bet. Unlike other wellness solutions, such as simple breathwork guides and meditation apps, Oxa provides you with a wide range of insights into how your body functions. Oxa monitors your heart rate, respiration, and movements in real-time, providing high-accuracy data that is instant, precise, and standardized. This real-time feedback empowers individuals to make informed decisions and take proactive steps toward achieving a state of calmness and balance.

Breathing with Oxa Life

However data alone, no matter how accurate and precise, is not enough. With Oxa, you can go beyond simply tracking and use instant biofeedback to biohack stress and anxiety. By collecting many metrics such as resonance score, breathing depth & rate, heart rate, and HRV, Oxa can create personalized breathing exercises that are scientifically proven to help you reach a state of calmness and restful sleep. This personalized approach acknowledges that each individual's response to stress is unique, requiring tailored interventions for optimal effectiveness.

Just like your personal fitness coach who knows exactly what's going on in your body at any given time, the Oxa companion app interprets and processes your readings to create a personalized audio-visual experience, designed by neuroscientists and health professionals to get you into a state of calmness and relaxation. The integration of cutting-edge technology with evidence-based practices ensures that users receive the highest quality support in their journey towards stress reduction and better sleep.

Controlled breathing and stress

The latest scientific research has demonstrated that controlled breathing can decrease cortisol levels, activate the “rest and digest” nervous system, and even enhance emotional regulation. Your heart rate variability (HRV), blood pressure, CO2 levels, and oxygen delivery can be improved by breathing techniques – but only when done right. 

Breathing and cortisol

Controlled breathing techniques have garnered attention in scientific research due to their effects on stress reduction and other well-being markers. One of the primary mechanisms through which controlled breathing affects stress levels is by decreasing cortisol levels, the hormone associated with the body's stress response. When we engage in deliberate breathing exercises, particularly those emphasizing slow, deep breaths, the body activates the parasympathetic nervous system, often referred to as the "rest and digest" system. This activation promotes relaxation, slows the heart rate, and induces a state of calmness, counteracting the physiological effects of stress.

Breathing and HRV

Moreover, controlled breathing techniques can have a significant impact on various physiological parameters, contributing to overall health improvement. For instance, HRV, which reflects the variation in time intervals between heartbeats, tends to increase with regular practice of controlled breathing. Elevated HRV is associated with better cardiovascular health, increased resilience to stress, and improved emotional regulation. 

Breathing and CO2

Additionally, blood pressure levels can be positively influenced by controlled breathing, particularly in individuals with hypertension. By regulating breathing patterns, you can optimize the balance of carbon dioxide levels in the blood, leading to improved oxygen delivery to tissues and organs. This enhanced oxygenation not only supports cellular function but also contributes to a sense of vitality and well-being. But keep in mind that the effectiveness of breathing techniques depends on proper execution and consistency in practice.

Get to know about: Breathing techniques for athletic performance with brian mackenzie

What Oxa does

And this is exactly where Oxa steps in, guiding you in this journey to break the cycle of panic attacks, anxiety, and burnout. While breathwork might seem simple at first glance, many common breathing and meditation techniques fall short just because we, humans, are imperfect. It's so easy to get distracted and become entangled in your thoughts and worries, losing track of your breathing – and the next thing you know you're back to your shallow, automatic, reactive breath. The pebble-sized sensor, provided by Oxa, pairs with the mobile app, allowing you full visibility and control over your breathing patterns. It then retrains your nervous system to reduce the risk of anxiety and stress, bringing you calmness and peace, medication-free. With guidance, provided by Oxa, you can cultivate mindfulness and resilience, and always remain equipped with the tools needed to navigate life's challenges with grace and ease.

Here is how it works:

  1. Oxa monitors and tracks your respiration, heart rate, and calmness level in real time.
  2. This high-accuracy data is then converted into audio and visual cues which pair with advanced breathing techniques such as resonance breathing. 
  3. With these personalized exercises, Oxa helps you manage your breathing patterns to better improve your body’s response to stress, panic attacks, and anxiety.

Also read about: Insomnia Management with Breathwork: Insights from Dr. Sarah Silverman

A word on resonance breathing

Resonance breathing, a form of controlled breathing, involves synchronizing your breath with a specific frequency to optimize physiological and psychological benefits. It's characterized by a balanced inhalation and exhalation rhythm, typically at a rate of around six breaths per minute. Research indicates that resonance breathing can promote relaxation, decrease cortisol levels, and enhance emotional regulation by activating the parasympathetic nervous system.

However, attaining resonance breathing without expert guidance can be challenging. Achieving the precise breathing rhythm and maintaining it consistently can be challenging, especially for beginners. And this is where Oxa comes into play. Oxa provides a user-friendly interface and guidance to help you achieve resonance breathing effortlessly. With features tailored to support optimal breathing patterns, Oxa will help you experience the benefits of resonance breathing with ease and confidence.

Here is the proof

According to the user survey, 95% of Oxa users experienced immediate stress reduction and three out of four users mastered their Calmness score, learning how to improve it on demand within just 5 quick sessions. 

This is how you go past simple tracking and monitoring and start making an impact. Combining instant biofeedback with highly-precise breathing, movement, and ECG data, Oxa stands out as the world’s most advanced breathing exercise device, that allows you to truly make a difference, lowering your stress levels and keeping anxiety and burnout at bay.

This is why we firmly believe that Oxa gives so much hope in the quest for stress reduction and overall well-being. By melding proven breathing techniques with latest technology, Oxa offers a holistic approach to managing stress and anxiety. Thanks to personalized insights, real-time monitoring, and tailored breathing exercises, you can embark on a journey towards greater calmness and resilience. With Oxa as your trusted companion, you have the tools to navigate life's challenges with grace and ease, empowering you to lead a healthier, happier life. Take the first step towards a brighter tomorrow and discover the transformative power of Oxa today.

FAQs

Q: How does Oxa work for stress reduction?

A: Oxa utilizes a pebble-sized sensor and companion app to monitor vital signs such as heart rate, respiration, and calmness level in real time. It then generates personalized audio and visual cues paired with advanced breathing techniques to promote relaxation and stress reduction.

Q: What are the benefits of using Oxa for stress and anxiety?

A: Users of Oxa report immediate stress reduction, improved calmness scores, and enhanced resilience to stress, panic attacks, and anxiety. Oxa's tailored approach empowers individuals to take control of their well-being and lead healthier lives.

Q: Is Oxa suitable for everyone?

A: Oxa is designed for individuals seeking relief from stress and anxiety. Its customizable features cater to individual needs, making it suitable for a wide range of users. Any person over the age of 16 can use Oxa.

Angelina Sarycheva
Published:
June 11, 2024

MA, CPT accredited by The International Sports Science Association, is a health writer and Content Lead at Oxa Life. With over five years in the health and wellness industry, her expertise, rooted in hands-on experience with leading wellness brands, is to deliver impactful health content to a global audience.

Ready to begin?

Get the Oxa Sensor and your choice of garment - lounge-wear shirt, bra, or adjustable chest strap. Your purchase includes access to the Oxa app which gives personalized data summaries and insights, as well as access to breathing exercises to teach you how to harness the power of your own breath.