There are two principle technologies behind our Zen-Station sound therapy features. Some of our therapies are built on the science of “Binaural Beats” and the other therapies are just pleasant sounds referred to as “Relaxation Tracks.”
Binaural beats are very low frequency sounds that can have a strong influence on our brain patterns. Altering these patterns can have a positive effect on our ability to:
- Enter a Meditative State More Easily
- Assist with Self Hypnosis
- Help with Focus and Enhance Learning
The sounds used in binaural beats are below the threshold of human hearing. But a very clever trick is used to make them available and recognizable by your brain. A tone in the hearing range is introduced into one ear and another that is only a little different is introduced into the other. The brain combines and processes these sounds and creates an auditory illusion of a third sound that is the difference between the two. This binaural beat is not heard in the ordinary sense of the word (the human range of hearing is from 20-20,000 Hz). It’s perceived as an auditory beat and theoretically may be used to entrain specific neural rhythms through the frequency-following response (FFR – the tendency for cortical potentials to entrain to or resonate at the frequency of an external stimulus). This may be difficult to wrap your brain around (no pun intended here), but it might be simpler to think of it as an auditory equivalent to an optical illusion.
These low frequency sound waves are classified according to how they affect your brain:
- Beta, 14 to 30 Hz are associated with greater alertness and focus.
- Alpha, 8 to 14 Hz are produced during physical and mental relaxation.
- Theta, 4 to 8 Hz waves are found during reduced consciousness or sleepiness.
- Delta, 0.1 to 4 Hz waves will occur during a deep sleep.
You can take advantage of these effects to give you your desired outcome. For example, listening to a Delta wave can make you very sleepy while an alpha wave can make you feel relaxed. It is very common for people to first listen to a selection that stresses alpha waves to get into a relaxed mode. Then they would use theta waves to help them fall asleep. Thus, it’s theoretically possible to use a particular binaural-beat frequency as a consciousness management technique to entrain a particular cortical rhythm. A fancy way of saying that you could use these sound that your brain perceives to actually modify how you feel. Ideally, the result will be what you are looking for. It could be relaxation, sleep or even alertness. Certain individuals may experience mood changes, get dizzy, twitches, hallucinations, drowsiness, inattention and additional health effects. If you experience any one of these symptoms, IMMEDIATELY discontinue and consult your doctor.
The use of beta frequencies during while studying can be of great value. Just be sure to not have the volume up so high as to distract yourself from the task at hand.
While we do hope that you will experiment with the sounds, please be aware that we are dealing with a very powerful tool and I would be remiss if I did not tell you that there are frequencies that can have unpleasant results. That is why we recommend that you stick with the sounds we provide on our site and cannot vouch for untested third party sounds.
Zen-Station Sound Selections
Airheads has incorporated binaural beats sound therapy into its new Zen-Station product. Although we do offer premium sound packages from tested vendors, Airheads provides you with a collection of free sounds to get you started. Most people will find binaural beats and our relaxation sounds very helpful. If you like our free sounds, we encourage you to try out some of our premium sound products. It will open up a whole new world to you. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list to get advanced notice of deep discounts on these premium products.
Playing the Sounds & Tracks
You can download our mp3 files to your computer, laptop, phone, tablet, etc. Anything that can play an mp3 file will work. This gives you a wide array of devices. If you have an iPhone the mp3 tracks can be imported into iTunes. From there you can put them on your iPhone, iPad or any compatible Apple device. If you have an Android phone, please click here for the instructions to load these mp3’s by dragging the sounds into the music folder on your phone. Of course you will need to use headphones or earbuds. The sound range of he headphones will not affect the results. But, you obviously want something as comfortable as possible. I use a good set of headphones when listening at my desk and the standard earbuds that came with my phone when using it to help me get to sleep.
What to Expect
Depending on the soundtrack you may experience a variety of effects. We recommend that you place yourself in a comfortable position and in a relatively quiet area before starting. The use of the Zen-Station and the aromatherapy enhance the overall effect, but you can use the binaural beats without it. Just be sure to use headphones or earbuds. The binaural effect will not work with speakers, however, our relaxation tracks can be used without headphones as long as the environment is conducive to relaxation.
The effects of binaural beats on the brain can be quite profound. If you feel uncomfortable, discontinue listening. Most people find that they can easily move from a state of stress and agitation to a state of profound relaxation. Think about this for a moment. Consider the multitude of physical ailments due to stress that slowly destroy our bodies. Not to mention the advantages of reducing or eliminating stress in social, business and even educational settings. There is tremendous potential to change your life for the better.
There should be more than enough sounds to get you started. We have tried to give you a wide enough selection so that you can explore all the possible effects of this amazing phenomenon.
Zen-Station Binaural Beats
Sliding Beats: These selections span a range of frequencies and consequently draw out a corresponding range of brainwave frequencies. The pitch begins high and finishes low. Remember you must listen to these files utilizing headphones in order for them to work. Set aside a regular time each day and find a quiet place to sit. Relax, center on your breathing, and use these files as a first aid kit for your mind.
This first file is called Absolute Sweep and it spans the beta through alpha to theta brain wave frequencies. It goes from 25 Hz -> 4 Hz on (L 123.6 ->134.1 And R 148.6 -> 138.1). In other words it starts with giving you a sense of greater awareness, then brings you into a state of relaxation and finally to state of sleepiness.
Dreams is a two-part slide that goes from 10 Hz to 2.5 Hz followed by a prolonged section at 2.5 Hz. Each part is 10 minutes long, making Dreams 20 minutes total. This file is configured as a sleep aid. It goes from Berger’s Rhythm down to delta (deep sleep.)
Zen-Station Relaxation Tracks
In addition to the binaural beats sounds, Airheads also provides a selection of “relaxation tracks.” These are soothing sounds of nature that vary in both amplitude (loudness) and frequency. These recordings invoke an accompanying visual imagery that will lull you into a state of relaxation or sleep.
While these are not binaural beat tracks, they can often have the very same effect.
- Tropical Waves – You will hear the waves breaking and the occasional sea bird
- Torrential Rain – Strangely, any people find the sound of rain to be comforting. I believe it is due to the frequencies that are found in this track.
- Woodland Sounds – Exactly what you would expect. The sounds of a variety of birds and other sounds of the woodlands.
- Tropical Storm – Some might find this disturbing. However, I like the sounds of a storm. You will hear the varying intensity of the rain and the occasional thunder.
- Autumn in the Forest – The sounds of the forest with the low howl of the wind tells you that winter is not far behind.
- Babbling Brook – Very relaxing set of sounds.
- Tropical Beach – Nice, maybe too realistic. Makes me want to take out the bug spray.
- Lazy Summer Day – Sitting on the porch drinking lemonade and gently dozing off with a light breeze on my face.
- Hot Jungle Day – This is a really good one with great effects.
- Log Cabin Fire – Play it at a lower volume or you will think that house is burning down. I live in a tropical climate so it is hard for me to relate to this one.
- Dimensions – An extended musical overture. I like this one a lot. It is for anywhere you want to take your imagination.
- Exploration – Along the lines of “Dimensions”. Perhaps even better. You can just feel yourself lifting off and flying over mountains. very restful.
- Healing – A bit more mystical. A great sound background for self-hypnosis.
- Relaxation – Not the “chill pill” I hoped it would be.
- Tranquility – A very “2001 Space Odyssey” like sound that I did find relaxing and tranquil. Try it out.