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How Kelsey and Her Son Use Healium for Moments of Calm

Kelsey was interested in trying Healium as a wellness tool. She discovered that Healium not only worked for her, but it also provided calm for her 8-year-old son.

Written by Bethany Schoengarth
July 23rd, 2020

Kelsey was interested in trying Healium as a wellness tool alongside her EMDR therapy. She wanted an at-home solution when she was outside of her sessions. She discovered that Healium not only worked for her, but it also provided calm for her 8-year-old son. He was able to change his mood and use it as a redirection tool. As a mother, Kelsey enjoys using the AR app on her smartphone for personal moments of zen on a busy day.

 

Read more about her experience with both AR and VR below:

 

Which Healium product are you using? Virtual reality or augmented reality?

We tried both the virtual reality app for Oculus Go and then augmented reality app for iOS, but felt more drawn to the AR app.

 

Are you using any wearables with it? BrainLink Lite EEG headband or Apple Watch?

At first, I used the BrainLink headband, however, I felt anxious trying not to focus on the firefly and graph while staying zen. It was almost like that made it harder to focus on the experience itself. I had much better experiences with the augmented reality app and no headband, which is how I use it! 

 

What were you hoping to achieve by using Healium? (example–improve focus, self-manage anxiety, etc.)

I definitely wanted to self-manage my anxiety. Lately, life has been even busier than before quarantine. I also use it as a moment to myself. I’m able to go into my room and close the door and escape everything. Being in quarantine, it’s really nice to have that because motherhood never stops. And anxiety doesn’t care how busy you are. It’s also nice because it works well when I find myself having a flashback or reliving an experience of trauma while undergoing EMDR therapy. 

 

What other mental wellness practices did you know about or try before trying Healium?

I am currently in EMDR therapy and have been for 2.5 years. 

 

How long have you been using Healium?

Oh gosh… how long is quarantine, haha! Approx. 1.5 months.

Describe your first or most recent VR/AR experience.

My first experience is one I will always remember. Sitting at my kitchen table using Healium, it felt weightless. It was bizarre to look all the way around but not see my body and it creates an experience like no other because of it! 

 

What would you say to someone who is curious about using virtual reality as a wellness tool?

I would say, what’s stopping you from trying? If it doesn’t work, at least you tried. But if it does work, it can change your everyday life. Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world where you control your anxiety and it doesn’t control you? 

 

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I absolutely, 100% recommend Healium for calm down time with children. My son (8 years old) has an emotional developmental delay. Sometimes it’s hard to get him to calm down. Using Healium is fun for him. It redirects him. It changes his overall mood. I love this gadget!

Written by Bethany Schoengarth
July 23rd, 2020