Humm.ly, a pioneer in mindfulness and meditation, today announced the integration of its heart rate reader into its music therapy app. Humm.ly is the first and only science-based music therapy app available today and named by iTunes New Apps we Love.
By working with board-certified music therapists, mood-based track sessions are created using the iso-principle, which is playing music that matches someones mood then gradually altered to bring them to their desired emotional state. The technique isnt limited to just one’s mood; it also has physiological benefits known to have a positive response on heart rate and blood pressure. In the latest update, the app now will feature a heart rate reader so you can see in real-time the benefits.
When the body experiences a stressful situation, anxiety, or environmental threat, it causes the brain to trigger the parasympathetic nervous system. Cortisol and adrenaline (two stress hormones) levels are elevated which in turn increases the heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate. The purpose of this is to increase blood flow to the limbs, preparing our bodies to fight or run from that environmental stimuli. However, our bodys stress response is often triggered MUCH more than it needs to be, which is why many individuals suffer from chronic stress and anxiety, explains Joanna Yu, Humm.lys founder, and CEO.
This isnt just about creating seemingly upbeat music because everyone is different and has equally different responses to the same music. Its about meeting people where they are and allowing the music to help them get to how they want to feel, adds Yu.
Benefits of Heart Rate Integration
- Track the difference in heart rate before listening to an episode, during, and after.
Founded in 2017, Humm.ly worked with board-certified music therapists to create mood-based track sessions using the iso-principle. The iso-principle is a process where music is played that matches someones mood then gradually altered to bring them to their desired emotional state. The technique isnt limited to just one’s mood; it also has physiological benefits known to have a positive response on heart rate and blood pressure. With the Humm.ly latest update, users now can observe how the heart is reacting to the music through its real-time heart rate tracking feature in the app. It is Humm.lys goal to make ones journey with mindfulness more trackable and observable.
About Joanna Yu
Joannas love for music started at three years old when she began playing the piano, and she continued to enjoy a childhood filled with music and the arts. In early adulthood, she witnessed the dramatic healing that benefited the loved ones around her who were suffering from PTSD. It was then that Yu realized music wasnt just for entertainment–it had a powerful ability to heal and reconnect people.
Humm.ly is the first and only music therapy based app available today and is regularly featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, GRAMMY.com and more. Its Yus hopes and dreams that through her app, she will be able to help people heal all over the world through music. The app is currently available in iTunes.
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