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Have you ever considered having your own personal meditation assistant? Muse, a meditation headband has made that possible through enhanced technology. Muse has been in development since 2002 and was launched in 2014 by a Canadian company, InteraXon, located in Toronto Ontario, Canada.

Product: Muse (original), Muse 2

Price: Muse ($199) muse 2 ($299)

Meditation App Subscriptions: $17.49/month or $124.99/year

Where to Purchase: choosemuse.com

Refund/Cancellation Policy: 30 Day Money Back Guarantee (if you don’t see results)

This headband essentially translates your brain signals into sounds of weather during your meditation session. When your mind is relaxed you hear calm weather and when your mind and is active the weather gets louder.

You can choose what environment sounds you’d like to be in. You can hear your mind as the wind in the desert, waves on the beach, or rain in a forest.

WHAT EXACTLY IS A MUSE HEADBAND?

This technology uses advanced signal processing to interpret your mental activity and helps guide you during meditation.

The headband is designed to provide feedback in real-time to you throughout your meditation sessions. Meditation sessions can be guided or independent depending on your level of meditation experience.

You might be thinking, ‘How does a headband detect what our brain activity is doing?’ Seems a little far fetched, but it’s not. The headband has 7 finely calibrated EEG (Electroencephalography) sensors, 2 Sensors on the forehead, 2 behind the ear sensors, and 3 muse sensors reference sensors that detect and measure your brain activity. ”

And further enhancements have been completed on the original muse to launch muse 2, which can detect your heart rate and breathing in addition to your brain activity during your meditation sessions. Take a look at the comparisons.

Muse Original: 

Use real-time feedback on brain activity to help you develop a rewarding, long-term practice.

Mind (EEG)

Mind (EEG) – translates mental activity into weather sounds

Muse 2:

Explore deeper with brain activity, heart rate, breath, and body feedback for a technology enhanced practice.

Mind (EEG)

Mind (EEG) – translates mental activity into weather sounds

Heart (PPG + Pulse Oximetry)

Heart (PPG + Pulse Oximetry) – synchronize your heartbeat

Body (Accelerometer)

Body (Accelerometer) – sounds that help you adjust into a balanced position

Breath (PPG + Gyroscope)

Breath (PPG + Gyroscope) – pace your breath with guided tones

As far fetched as this may seem to many, take a look at the fit-bit. It’s similar readings of body sensations is done using similar technology. Our world is evolving and so is technology.

Muse is an EEG device used by many neuroscience researchers around the world.

Watch co-founder Ariel Garten demonstrate just how muse works in the video below

 

 

THE MUSE APP

Once you have the device you simply download the free Muse Calm app on your iPhone or android and follow the set up tutorial which is is easy to follow. The app connects itself to your mobile device through your Bluetooth settings.

The set-up tutorial will walk you through how to properly place the headband on ensuring the sensors are placed in the correct spots.

Here’s what the app includes

100+ Guided Meditations

You have access to over 100 meditations from renowned meditation instructors

Targeted Meditations

Explore collections geared toward sleep, stress reduction and performance.

There are two-step by step courses that include in depth instructions on how to set up

Updated Content Monthly

New content is added to the app each month. When you purchase your subscription you have access to unlimited meditations by leading experts.

Signing up for a subscription is required in order to access unlimited meditations.

By signing up for the yearly subscription you save a substantial amount.

The guided meditation subscription will allow you to have access to the medication content anytime you have access to your mobile device, with or without the headband.

To keep you motivated the Muse app allows you to collect calm and recovery points, set personal goals and challenges and includes bonuses to strive for in an effort to encourage increased meditation sessions to work toward achieving complete calmness throughout your sessions.  Goals can be adjusted to reflect your needs based on your points achieved.  muse app

 

BENEFITS OF MUSE

  • A quality device and easy to use
  • Provides real-time results of your brain activity (and if you purchase muse 2 you can track your breath, heart and body as well)
  • Developed for beginners and experienced meditators
  • It provides milestones and rewards to encourage you to keep at it (it saves your data for each session so that you can compare sessions)
  • New sessions are added every month, keeping things fresh and engaging

DRAWBACKS OF MUSE

  • The headband itself can seem costly, given the complexity of technology
  • Subscription fees are required through the app in addition to the purchase of the headband to access unlimited meditation sessions
  • The device does not work with older mobile devices (such as the iPhone 4)
  • The device is currently available in the English language only.

IS MUSE SAFE?

Muse has been tested and certified throughout the U.S. A, Canada and Europe and meets all safety regulations.

Brain sensing technology like EEG has been used widely in hospitals and institutions for centuries and the sensors do not cause harm.

muse picture

REPUTABLE PRESS REVIEWS

Take a look at what some of the press reviews are saying about Muse;

The Oprah Magazine – “meditating with it -addicting”

The New York Times –it’s the gift of a sound mind”

Men’sHealth –  “muse is actually as good as it sounds”

 

WHAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE? |MEDITATION TAKEN TO A NEW LEVEL

This advanced technology device is fairly new to the market having only been introduced 5 years ago at the time this review was written. But since it’s debut, the Muse has had a positive response both from consumers and press and continues to enhance its technology.

The founders of this product say that it helps to reduce stress, encourages meditation more frequently and has the ability to increase our wellness, by tracking real-time brain activity, heart rate, breathing and body sensations, but with a product that has only been on the market 5 years, some may question if there is enough data to know for sure if it has the benefit to increase our overall wellness.

To learn more about ‘Muse’ click here 

Would you consider purchasing a Muse Headband? Leave me a comment and let me know what your thoughts are on this enhanced technology.

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18 thoughts on “ Muse Headband Review | Meditation Taken To A New Level

  1. Hi Tracy,

    I just discovered your website and I like how we can choose what environment sounds we’d like.
    I used to meditate a lot, as time goes by I forgot to take time for myself.
    Thanks to this article I’m going to meditate again, to increase the overall wellness.
    This muse headband sounds perfect for the start and another advantage is, it has a muse app which can track your breath, heart and body.

    Thank you for sharing this awesome post, it was a pleasure to read it.

    1. Hi Anh-Tu

      Thank you for your comment. It’s so easy to forget or fall out of routine when it comes to taking care of ourselves. We often will spend so much time taking care of others around us that we don’t even realize we’re neglecting ourselves and our overall wellness suffers as a result.
      I’m glad that you have made the decision to start meditating again and found this article helpful.

      All the best 🙂

      Tracy

  2. Thank you for posting this review. I had never heard of Muse before this review. It seems like it could be a great tool to manage ones mental health. I am working on some new daily routines and will consider adding this. Also, I love the layout of your site. It is super easy to navigate.

    1. Hi Christian

      Thank you for our comment. I’m glad that I was able to introduce a new self care product that could be helpful to your overall wellness. It’s so important that we take care of ourselves so that we are able to live our best lives.
      I appreciate your positive feedback on my site, it’s very helpful as the site continues to be a work in progress.

      Tracy

      All the best 🙂

  3. Hi Tracy, I heard about Muse a while back and stayed with my own form of meditation. Yours was a great article and it not only reminded me but gave some useful new info too. It was pleasing that you shared what some might see as disadvantages too. Thank you.

  4. Hello Tracy,
    a very interesting new product that I am just discovering! In our stressful everyday life, it surely helps having such a helpful device to calm our spirit. I love this idea of translating our mental activity into weather sounds! It’s nice to discover such a new product as this one. Thank you for the information!

    1. Hi Anne

      Thank you for your comment. I too love learning about new products that can help with our overall wellness. It’s pretty awesome how our brain waves can control the weather sounds with Muse. Very cool discovery for me too.

      Thanks again for taking the time to provide some feedback

      All the best 🙂

  5. Wow! I had no idea that such technology even existed, let alone actually worked! This is awesome. I really enjoyed the part where you broke down how it works… I am genuinely intrigued.
    Your website is awesome. I am going to bookmark it and check back when I get paid!

    Thanks again!

    1. Hi Tom

      Thanks for feedback, I appreciate it.
      This device has certainly got me thinking about how technology has evolved and the amazing products that are being introduced to help with our overall wellness. I’m glad you found the post interesting and I do hope you return to check out some of the other posts I’ve published.

      All the best to you

      Tracy

  6. Hi!
    This is very interesting. I have never heard of this technology, but the EEG makes sense! EEGs have been used for such a long time, good to see they are finding new ways to use it. I don’t do a ton of meditation, although I probably should, but I can see how it would be helpful in allowing you to see what works best for you, almost like a biofeedback type of accessory. Great informational post!

    1. Hi Heidi
      Thanks for your comment. I highly recommend that you try meditating, it’s so relaxing and really does help the mind. I do my very best to incorporate meditating into my daily routine, usually before I drift off to sleep. Technology sure has evolved.

      All the best

      Tracy

  7. Hi!
    This product sounds absolutely amazing! Your review covers what you need to know and is greatly realistic which is awesome.
    Makes me want to purchase one myself!
    Will definitely be adding this to my list of things for future use.
    All the best 🙂

    1. Hi Krissy
      Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you found the review helpful. I enjoy bringing awareness to wellness products that have the ability to increase one’s overall well-being.

      All the best

      Tracy

  8. I love the idea of being able to track your brains activities .As well being able to bring you to a calm state rapidly.I have been using you videos that can used to help you relax a get into a relaxed state of mind . I am impressed with this device that I would buy it as a gift for others who may benefit from a state of the art meditation device . Great article and product to share. Thanks

    1. Hi There

      Thanks for the comment. I was quite impressed with this device myself. It would definitely make a wonderful gift for that person who loves to meditate or even a beginner who is looking to get into meditating. I’m glad you enjoyed the article.

      All the best to you

      Tracy

  9. Hi Tracy,
    I had no idea Muse existed! What neat technology! I appreciate how you explained the pros and cons of Muse as well the technology, etc. I feel you provided a very thorough review and I look forward to reading more of your reviews!
    Thanks for the insight!

    1. Hi Lisa
      Thank you for your feedback. I’m glad you found the article interesting and thorough. I always find it great when I can introduce a new wellness product and generate some reactions.

      Thanks again for taking the time comment

      All the best

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