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Monday, 01 March 2021
Review: emWave Desktop...Stress Into Resilience Print
I need an emWave moment. I just wrote a long review and lost the entire thing. I think you'll understand my need for an emWave moment after reading this review...

A friend and fellow adoptive parent introduced me to emWave Desktop Stress Relief System. After she brought it over for a trial run, I contacted the folks at emWave and asked for a review/loaner copy to use with my kids. Here's a bit of information from the packaging:
emWave Desktop is a scientifically validated hardware/software system that teaches techniques to help you create an optimal state in which the heart, mind and emotions are operating in-sync and balanced. This is achieved through a patented process which displays heart rhythm patterns in real time showing you when you are in this aligned state.

We call this coherence.

emWave Desktop helps you achieve coherence and resilience through simple-to-learn exercises and feedback. Using a pulse sensor plugged into your USB port, emWave Desktop collects pulse data and translates coherence information into user-friendly graphics displayed on your computer screen. Through coherence techniques, interactive exercises and game play, emWave Desktop helps you bring your heart and mind into a coherent state, building resilience, increasing energy, and promoting focus, mental clarity and emotional balance.
I tried the program with my 9 and 5-year-old children. It proved to be a success with my 9-year-old. He quickly understood the concept and could work at relaxation and deep breathing as he watched the various programs. He understood how to move the rainbow toward a pot of gold, fly a hot air balloon higher and faster, and create colorful gardens...all things achieved by working at relaxation. Sometimes he'd select the "Coherence Coach" mode and breathe as a ball moved up and down on the screen. In moments of anxiety, the program has proved especially helpful to him. Recently, he's experienced stress about upcoming basketball practices. When we see the stress coming, he spends 5-15 minutes on emWave and returns noticeably calmer.

While I could teach him deep breathing techniques (we've used a wide variety of relaxation techniques and tools over the years), it's been helpful to have him sit in a quiet room, focusing on nothing but the emWave program. No distractions. At this point in his life and development, that's quite helpful.

His little brother is a different story. At 5, he doesn't get the program. "Why isn't the rainbow coming down, Mom?" I contacted the emWave representative to ask questions about age appropriateness. The response? It's best used with ages 7 and up. Makes total sense. A young child doesn't have the focus, nor does he understand what he needs to do to relax, based on the feedback on screen.

The program has been so successful with my 9-year-old, however, that I asked to purchase my review copy. After trying out our program, my mom, intrigued, bought her own. It really is a dandy little tool.

This program isn't the cure-all for a child with stress and anxiety. But it is a worthwhile tool; one that I'm happy to have in our toolbox. Off to have an emWave moment...

Disclaimer: I borrowed an emWave for review purposes. I did not promise a positive review. After a month I asked to purchase the review copy. This review is my opinion. If you purchase from Amazon, all commissions are given to Grace and Hope for foster care in China at no additional cost to you. Thank you!
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