Chillax… with an App!

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Chillax app – no it’s not your teenage son or daughter telling you to chill out, but an app that can help you do that all by yourself! Listen to varieties of music and sounds in this free and simple app that provides music to unwind to and environmental sounds  to dream about the ocean, beach, fireside, mountain stream, park and more with this free app.

What is great about this app is that it is simple, just a few controls and setting options and you are listening to calming sounds to chillax!

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Here is a description about Chillax from iTunes:

– Works on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
– Multiple soundscapes and music tracks to choose from
– Chillax time selectable from 1 to 90 minutes – just set it and relax
– Binaural Beats with adjustable tone to aid relaxation
– Fade in and out so that you gently enter and return from your relaxation
– Set the levels of the music, sounds and binaural beats to suit you
– Works with the device locked, just like the iPod

So what are binaural beats?  They are a psycho-acoustic effect created by the brain when you hear a different tone in each ear.  If you put a tone of say 300Hz in one ear and 310 Hz in the other ear, the brain produces a phenomenon resulting in low-frequency pulsations as the difference between the two tones.  Research suggests that binaural beats may be used to aid relaxation, and are often used in meditation. The waking, alert mind generates higher frequency brain waves, and as you become more relaxed and restful, the frequencies will get steadily lower.  Chillax generates these tones in each ear, to gently guide the brain waves from alpha down to deep theta waves found in meditative and relaxed states.

Interested in a bit more about binaural beats? Here’s a short piece of information on binaural from Wikipedia:

“Binaural beats may influence functions of the brain in ways besides those related to hearing. This phenomenon is called frequency following response. The concept is that if one receives a stimulus with a frequency in the range of brain waves, the predominant brain wave frequency is said to be likely to move towards the frequency of the stimulus (a process called entrainment). In addition, binaural beats have been credibly documented to relate to both spatial perception & stereo auditory recognition, and, according to the frequency following response, activation of various sites in the brain” (retrieved on 6/6/2013 from : ).

Interesting? I will stick with Therapeutic Listening®  as an intervention for spatial and auditory perception, but I will try this app for myself, students or clients to facilitate calming behaviors. Add a speaker and provide environmental music to a class or therapy room to chillax?

It’s free, give it a try – add it to your OT, teaching or parent mTool Kit and … Chillax!


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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